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Clean up crews are doomed?


Pygmy Octopus
Jul 9, 2007
Hello, Ive been cycleing my 180 for over 3 months now, in hopes to care for a cuttle. One question that came over me is..will my clean up crews be doomed? snailes, cucumbers, stars, ect. ? When I had a Bimac Octo, eventually the snails atleast became lunch...same with a cuttle I'm guessing.

Thanks, Swann
You should not experience any problems with those species, in regards to their chance of becoming prey for a cuttlefish. Cuttlefish are very visually oriented, especially when juveniles, so the likelihood of the cuttlefish preying upon a starfish or sea cucumber is low.

Greg (yes, I used starfish instead of seastar, sue me:roflmao:)
Yeah sea cucumbers seem to risky to keep in a tank...not worth the benefits at all that other animals could perform. Sticky, messy guts all over isnt very appealing either.
Just use an ordinary clean up crew - snails and crabs - as Cuttlegirl mentions, you should be OK with these.