FIDDLER CRABS - You won't believe the results until you see with your own eyes !!! They literally take each and every piece of substate in their mouth, clean it, and return it. (hundreds per hour !!!) Watch one in action here.
- Order 1 'A-team' per 5 gallons of water (consists of: 1 fiddler crab & 1 nerite snail)
- Keep Rocks/driftwood and vegetation in the tank hosting Nerite Snail.
- Temperature of water: Maintain the temperature of your tank water between 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- pH of water: 6.00 to 8.50.
They will clean your glass (as well as plants) The results are with in visible minutes/hours/days. As they move across the glass, they leave a super clean path, approx. 3/4' wide behind them. They are voracious algae eaters. They will not breed in freshwater, only in brackish water. For more info go to Nerite Snails.
I bought 10 sets for a 135 gal tank in my office. All snails still there, 8 crabs present after a month. They are busy...all the time. The tank has come a long way, I am thinking of adding some more teams. As the algae is controlled now, the tank appears vibrant and clean. Highly recommended.
I ordered an A-Team for my 20 gallon tank awhile back and they did an excellent job of keeping the tank clean!
Because this team includes fiddler crabs though, you will need a tank that can meet their needs. Fiddler crabs MUST have access to the surface. It doesn't have to be large, they just need to be able to pull themselves out of the water. They do best in brackish water. In freshwater systems, providing a source of salt on their land spot helps. These guys cannot be bred in captivity so every specimen is wild caught. Age, health, parasites, and disease are entirely unknown with these guys so it's highly recommended they be quarantined for at least 2wks upon arrival.
Nerite snails will not breed in freshwater, but they will leave bodies of freshwater in search of brackish water. Aquariums must have tight fitting lids or you'll have to find these guys every morning and plop them back in your tank. I've found them 20+ feet from my aquarium before.
I purchased an A-Team Platoon to address a 120 Gallon aquarium that was completely covered with algae. Every surface was green and unrecognizable in original color due to the thick coated, long strand algae that was covering the tank. My plants suffered terribly as they were also covered. I followed his instruction and decided to surprise myself. I walked away from the tank and waited until the next morning. OMG! I could not believe the difference they made overnight. They were moving around like Hazmat at a Chemical spill. By the 5th day every area of my tank was completely devoid of algae. They cleaned the wood, the rocks, the glass the plants and the sub straight. They even cleaned the plastic intake tubes that feed my filters. The algae eating Fiddler Crabs & the algae eating Nerite Snails have created an Environmental Homeland Security team in my aquarium. Id recommend it to anyone.
Bought 6 A-Team sets... arrived in perfect condition, well-packed, etc. Within 48 hours all 6 crabs had diet. Water temp, Ph, and all other parameters right on target. They started eating algae the second they went into my aquarium (after recommended acclimation). Guess what: fiddler crabs need a place to sit above the surface of the water. Recommended if you have a setup where they can air themselves out.
Fun to watch the crabs and the 2 of them are doing a great job keeping the tank clean.
Pretty cool A team....they came all living and went to town right away. They arent going to thoroughly clean your tank...glass and all....but they do clean the gravel and driftwood pretty well. I noticed after a few weeks little white discs all over my plants and dritwood.......SNAIL EGGS! My tank is freshwater too, so dont believe that they only breed in brackish water. Besidest that, a cool addition to the tank. The crab are hilarious, trying to defend themselves with their useless claw when you walk near the tank.....fun!
I can't believe how fast these little guys clean up the tank! I ordered 11 'teams' and got 19 crabs and 15 snails! One of the crabs didn't make the trip, but all of the snails did. The crabs have made the substrate immaculate! The snails are making quick work of all of the algea! I just hope I have enough for all of the crabs to eat!
I am writing to admit that when I read your promotion of the "A-Team," I thought that while it was worth a try, it would most likely turn out to be a lot of exaggerated claims. I was prepared to be disappointed.
Having let the "A-team" do their work for a couple of weeks, I am entirely convinced. They have cleaned corners of the tank I couldn't reach, have done a number on flexible piping and equipment, to say nothing of cleaning rocks and decorations. The "A-Team" is absolutely amazingly efficient and the fiddler crabs are fun to watch... I even got some for my wife's 1st grade classroom aquarium to the delight of the 1st graders.
What's not to like? Thanks loads for making these available, so that we home enthusiasts could put these industrious little critters to work for us. Happy New Year.
The snails do an amazing job. I never have to clean the glass. I'm going to look into getting the Fiddler crabs to clean the gravel media too. This makes having a tank so much easier and the results are better than if I tried cleaning it myself.
Had these for a couple of days now and they are a lot of fun to watch. A great addition that adds diversity to the ecosystem in the tank. They got busy right away picking up gravel, without displacing too much of it.
They live in and out of the water! Figured out immediately how to climb up on the driftwood and tan up there, under the light. If you'r tank isn't covered, you'll want to have a couple of inches of glass above the waterline to avoid escape. Currently finding out if that's good enough - it doesn't seem impossible that they'd climb up along the filter tube. Hopefully we'll find them in time and after throwing them back in a number of times they'll learn. Creeping out the other inhabitants of the apartment a bit ;-)
Craziest thing I have ever experienced. Does it work, yes! In about a week my Discus tank was clean and boy did I have an algae problem. My big surprise was the intelligence of the crabs. They like to have a place to get out of the water. They took over the inside of my input filter in my wet dry system. Come and go as they please. They climb plants, pull groups together for floatation, and fly between plants like flying squirrels. The biggest bunch of clowns in a tank I have seen. We watch them play and eat for hours.
First 2nd day air shipment, packaging was poor and resulted in 4 of 12 dead. Two more died later. However; follow-on shipments were packaged in foam peanuts. The latest arrivals contained no losses. Boy did they eat when first hitting the tank. I recommend putting the shipping bags in the water for an hour (temp stabilize) before opening the bags of snails & crabs. The snails really move around the tank. They leave eggs as they go but nothing hatches.
I leave my aquarium light on 12+ hours a day now, and still the tank is algae free. I only have the snails, not the crab yet, but I'm hooked. Every once in a while I see eggs around, but they never hatch into more snails. I've had them for a year now, and I couldn't be happier. So much less maintenance!