The Saltwater Clean Up Crew
Having a clean aquarium is essential for the health of your animals. Corals will thrive in a clean environment that has a more constant pH. Utilizing a natural cleaning crew is beneficial as it reduces your workload, but more importantly, as food and waste particles are eaten and eliminated by smaller and smaller animals as it makes its way down the food chain, the microscopic bacteria also benefit. This, in turn, is beneficial for your larger animals in your aquarium as these beneficial bacteria work to keep your larger animals healthy.
Here we look at a few of the animals included in our ‘Saltwater Clean Up Crew’ packages. You can utilize these interesting and beneficial animals to keep your tank clean as well as adding variety!
Blue Leg Hermit Crab
The blue leg hermit crab (Clibanarius tricolor) is a colorful and reef-safe addition to any saltwater reef tank as it is an extremely effective detritus eater that will aid in the removal of excess food, waste and algae from your aquarium. Named after its bright and colorful red-banded blue legs, the blue leg hermit crab has claws of equal size and makes its home in abandoned snail shells.
Blue leg hermits are intriguing to watch as they scavenge the nooks and crannies of your tank for food, algae and more. Plus, this aquarium cleaner lives in its own shell which is very cute and unique behavior to observe in an aquarium setting.
The lettuce nudibranch (Tridachia crispata) is given its name because it resembles lettuce. The lettuce nudibranch is an excellent eliminator of hair algae, which is its only food source. Hair algae can become the bane of your aquarium if not properly managed.
The algae will form hairy, stringy, mattes across the bottom of your tank that will suffocate your carpeting plants or trap and kill your fish. It can also grow in huge globs on the surface of your aquarium, cutting out light.
Turbo fluctuosa or the Turbo Snail is another significant aquarium cleaner as it will quickly eliminate large amounts of nuisance algae. Turbo snails love to hang out on the glass and rocks, eating many types of algae. If algae levels are insufficient, you can supplement the turbo snail’s diet with dried seaweed.
Be aware, the peaceful turbo snail should not be kept with aggressive tank mates that can intentionally flip them over, turbo snails will struggle to right themselves if turned over.
Nerite snails (Nerita sp.) have a reputation as outstanding tank cleaners, clearing your tank from algae. They are also one of the hardiest snails around, making them a popular aquarium snail. Nerita hail from Caribbean waters, with striking shells, making them a beautiful and useful addition to your aquarium. Nerite snails can be described as being docile, peaceful and tranquil in temperament, and are able to move throughout the tank with ease.
“Adds a lot of activity to the tank, and has been a great addition.” – Andrew, Verified Buyer
The 50 or 100 Strong Saltwater Clean Up Crews are available here!