The Clean up Crew.
What to know about picking what is right for your tank.
There are many critters that you can add to your tank to help keep it clean
Also there are some that you should NOT put into your tank with an Anemone.
I just adore these funny looking critters,
I do not have one at the moment but am waiting to find
one on line,
the one in the picture that is pink is what one species looks like,
She was way cool, but I lost her in the move from Az to TX.
They will kill everything in your tank if it dies so this is one
clean up crew member that you should think hard about.
You can see one in one picture but you have to look closely, it is a litttle
The Bristle worm.
Absolutely great for tanks, but can
be very bad if you come in contact with one.
They do a fansastic job at keeping our rock work cleaned
out, in tiny holes and crevaces they go, cleaning up anything
that should not be there.
Do NOT touch one as they will cause serious blisters on your hands that take
2 weeks to heal, and they will pop and ooz.
They do multiply fast to, so if you find yourself over run with them. Just hunt them
down after dark with a flash light, sell them or give them to other saltwater enthusiasts.
Don't kill them. They are terrific for tanks and will not go near your Anemones.
Please see the section "The stings"
All saltwater snails are great for tanks.
There are several different kinds , you can see them in the pictures.
Along with blue leg hermits, they pick at the rocks , getting some algae
and junk out of the rock work.
I have huge snails, see pictures, and some small ones as well.
You can not have to many snails.
The Brittle star
The one you will see that has really long legs, be green in color
and a round silver dollar size middle,
they are fantastic for all tanks and wil pick up any
uneaten food from the bottom, move around through the rock work looking
for any uneaten food.
She will strir the top part of the sand (if you have it) keeping
it all nice and pretty, so she is great.