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Cleanup Crew added to RSM 250

Snail, Red Sea Max cleanup crew

Snail, Red Sea Max cleanup crew

The Red Sea Max 250 has been running for 5 days now. I used a test kit to check ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels, but they

were all at zero. I thought I should have seen a spike by now, but maybe the live sand and contents of the cycled Biocube cycled

the tank faster and I missed the products of the nitrogen cycle. Time to add the cleanup crew that will eat algae, uneaten food, dead organisms and other edible products that will add ammonia to the tank if not removed! I already had 2 large hermit crabs in the Red Sea Max 250 tank from the Biocube.

My readings on the web and the Red Sea Max 250 manual suggests that around suggested that I add about 65 members to my tank cleanup crew. Fish stored didn’t have what I wanted but ended up adding:

10 blue-legged hermit crabs

10 Asterea snails

10 Trochus snails (I think)

2 Peppermint shrimp on sale for $2.99 per shrimp at Aquarium One.

I’ll add more as they become available.

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