Thread: CUC question
05-30-2012, 07:52 AM #1Member Molly
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I hope this isn't a really stupid question. I was told by the guy at a LFS (I know, always take their work with a grain of salt) that snails and hermit crabs don't contribute to your bio-load. This seemed a little counter intuitive since I would assume that if they eat they produce waste that needs to be filtered out. Yay or nay?
05-30-2012, 10:38 AM #2
I have often wandered the same thing. I assume that there generally small body size in combo with there ability to scavenge detritus from otherwise unreachable places makes them more of a help then a harm.
05-30-2012, 12:38 PM #3
I just think they have a smaller bio-load than compared to most fish. But they would contribute something to the biolaod. Maybe just not a lot.
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06-02-2012, 11:54 AM #4
They'll contribute to your bioload. In fact, many of the larger snails I've kept (trochus and turban snails) produced more 'solid waste' than my three small fish.
Micro-CUC such as pods and bristleworms will deal with the waste matter from most CUC, but even they produce waste themselves (which I've observed accumulating when viewing their tunnels that are up against the glass of the tank beneath the sand).
From an ammonia-producing perspective, though, the bio-load 'foot print' of hermit crabs and snails quite small (unless, of course one of them dies in the tank).African cichlid and saltwater aquariums