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Have you ever had an itch that you just could not get to very easily. Well your Coral Reef Aquarium needs crabs to keep it clean. To be more precise you need crabs, hermit crabs and snails to help control your algae problems. Hermit crabs are considered very good scavengers because they will eat just about everything that is not eaten by other fish in your tank, so they are considered the best janitors in the business.

You should choose the right hermit crabs for your tank as to not make a negative impact on your coral reef tank. Make sure you get smaller species that stay small so as not to not disturb the rest of your inhabitants. Also you want them small enough so as to be able to get into small crevices and also small cracks to get to the algae in there. They can also get under corals and rocks where debris and detritus seem to accumulate and remove it.

Stay away from larger species for your janitorial duty's at the bottom of your reef tank as to they do not always stay on the bottom to keep it clean. They will most likely destroy your tank instead of keeping it clean, due to there large bulky shells they call there home will clumsily bump into rocks and coral knock them to the bottom of your tank. These guys love to climb over everything looking for food to eat and if there isn't enough for them to eat they might just kill and eat other inhabitants in your reef tank. These the ones to stay away from: Halloween Hermit, Anemone Carrying Hermit, and the Yellow Hairy Hermit.

I found out that the most efficient algae eating hermit crabs come from Hawaii, due to they stay small and due to this size they can really get into very tight spaces others cannot reach. This one is called the Dwarf Zebra or Left-Handed Hermit Crab.

  • Red Legged Hermit is one of the best algae eaters , also they are known to eat red slime algae.
  • Blue Eyed Hermit Crab will eat algae and stir up the top layer of substrate while looking for food.
  • Scarlet Hermit Crab is the most popular one for your house cleaning duties due to it will eat brown, red, and green slimes as well as all types of algae.
  • Electric Orange Hermit Crab, Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab and Electric Blue Hermit Crab are also great for your tank they eat uneaten food, detritus, and all kinds of algae plus red slime. Also sifts your sand as well.

Here is one more addition to your janitorial duties in your reef aquarium is the Astrea Snail it is a favorite in saltwater reef aquariums due to it will eat hair algae, filamentous algae and diatoms. you get get these very easily and constantly work if you have a lot of live rock, only one down fall they cannot right them selves up if the fall onto the sand of your tank.


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