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« posted: 5 years ago »
Hello.  My name is Dina.  Here to learn about seahorses.  I have 2 kuda in a 75 gal. tank.  Have all filters and returns screened off.  Wondering about inverts to clean the bottom of the tank.  What is best to use?  Can hermit crabs be put in?  Afraid they will grab the horses.
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« Reply #1 posted: 5 years ago »
Hi Dina! Welcome to fusedjaw! There are a few things you can use. Nassarius snails are great because they're scavengers, so a lot of people use them instead of hermit crabs. I personally find blue leg hermit crabs to be no threat to seahorses, but I know others have had bad experiences. Plus, some seahorses like to eat hermit crabs. It doesn't happen often, but there are definitely reports of seahorses snicking them right out of their shells!

Cerith snails are another good option for keeping the tank bottom clean. They bury themselves in the sand, and come out at night to feed. They do a really good job of keeping the sandbed turned over.
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« Reply #2 posted: 5 years ago »
Thanks for answering.  What do you think about shrimp in with them?  What kind if so?
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« Reply #3 posted: 5 years ago »
A limited number of shrimp can be kept with them. The biggest issue with shrimp is that many smaller, more docile shrimp may become a seahorse meal. Probably the safest is the peppermint shrimp, but you have to get ones big enough that the seahorses can't eat them, or even attempt to eat them. I would make sure they're at least the size of your largest seahorses head (not including antenne and legs). Bigger being better.

Some people do okay with fire shrimp, others have problems with them being too agressive and harassing their seahorses. Scarlet, or skunk cleaners are too aggressive. They don't hurt seahorses but tend to annoy them with their cleaning. Plus, they'll actual reach into the pouch of sleeping male seahorses and eat the eggs/babies.

I was just recently heard that someone had sexy shrimp with their seahorses and the seahorses didn't both them. I was absolutely surprised to hear this, because sexy shrimp are snack sized for most seahorses. It could be a matter of time though. I may try it myself though just because I really like sexy shrimp.
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« Reply #4 posted: 5 years ago »
Thanks for the info.  Will see what I can come up with.
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« Reply #5 posted: 5 years ago »
Hi Dina,  welcome to the forum!  Would love to see some pictures of your seahorses :)
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