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Old 01/14/2021, 07:25 PM   #151
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I believe you on those strombus snails! You may be right about the fighting conchs, but they should at least take care of the diatoms and hair algae on the sand. I would love to add some grass shrimp, but I’m afraid the copperband butterfly and others will be a problem. Thoughts on this Michael/Dawn?


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Old 01/14/2021, 07:48 PM   #152
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The fighting conchs are great. They will definitely help out with algae in the lower few inches of your tank. I think they have a big impact. It sounds like you could use more snail diversity. There are several snails that reproduce in aquariums. Get more!

I've never kept a Copperband, so I don't know. It seems like they would rather eat nems and corals. Is their mouth even big enough?

However, in my experience with small shrimp like that, they have a better chance if they are added before the fish. Shrimp added afterwards are often considered food.


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Old 01/15/2021, 07:05 AM   #153
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Yes, I need more snails! For some reason I just didn't add a clean up crew when I started the tank. The only thing stopping me right now is the dinos. I heard they take a toll on snails, which would make sense, as my 3 trochus snails have been sitting in the same spots without moving for days. Which means I should probably hold off on a fighting conch now that I think about it.

The copperband leaves the corals alone, I think sponges and bugs are more their natural diet. And Aiptasia, of course. I'm not worried that it'll eat the shrimp, just that it would attack them and force them into hiding or injure them. Same with the coral beauty angel.


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Old 01/15/2021, 08:30 AM   #154
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I have never had a copperband butterfly either. Since my grass shrimp are in the refugium there are not any other fish there except the salt acclimated mollies and they don't harass the shrimp at all. I definitely could use more snails in the fuge too since all I have are nassarius.

I still have not been able to get strombus.


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Old 01/15/2021, 08:51 AM   #155
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There are dinos that are toxic, but not all are. The ones I had were not, and my snails and mollies ate them without harming them.


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Old 01/15/2021, 09:46 AM   #156
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Right. I ordered a microscope to identify the dinos I have and whether or not they're toxic.


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