Clean Up Crew Information


What it stands for:

CUC = Clean Up Crew


What they do:

As the acronym suggests, they clean up the leftovers and unwanted in your aquarium.  They'll eat the detritus (poop & other organic wastes), leftover food from your fish, various algae, cyanobacteria, and even diatoms.


Which marine / saltwater inverts & fish are considered part of the Clean Up Crew (CUC)?


Algae Clean Up Crew (CUC) - These guys will help you clean up the algae in your tank:

+ Scarlet Hermit Crab

+ Blue Leg Hermit Crab

+ Longnose Decorator Crab

+ Emerald / Ruby Mythrax Crab

+ Dwarf Red Tip Hermit Crab

+ Dwarf Yellow Tip Hermit Crab

+ Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab

+ Dwarf Cerith

+ Florida Cerith

+ Flying Sea Hare

+ Spotted Sea Hare

+ Lettuce Caribbean Sea Slug

+ Nerite Snail

+ Mexican Turbo Snail

+ Margarita Snail

+ Zebra Turbo Snail

+ Turban Snail

+ Turbograzer Snail

+ Banded Trochus Snail

+ Abalone

+ Pincushion Urchin

+ Pencil Urchin

+ Fuzzy Chiton

+ Limpet

+ Zig Zag Periwinkles

+ Black Sailfin Blennies

+ Court Jester Gobies

+ Various Gobies

+ Tangs (can be considered a very expensive algae clean up crew)

+ Foxface (can be considered a very expensive algae clean up crew)


Detritus, Waste, and Leftover Clean Up Crew (CUC) - These guys will eat all the unwanted debris in your tank:

+ Scarlet Hermit Crab

+ Blue Leg Hermit Crab

+ Dwarf Cerith

+ Dwarf Planaxis

+ Cerith Snails

+ Super Tongan

+ Nassarius Snails

+ Fighting Conches

+ Peppermint Shrimp

+ Serpent Sea Stars

+ Fancy Tiger Striped

+ Serpent Sea Star

+ Fancy Red

+ Turbo Snails

+ Nerite Snails

+ Limpets

+ Zig Zag Periwinkles

+ Various Gobies

+ Most shrimps and crabs will also eat detritus and the leftovers


Before Buying Your Clean Up Crew (CUC):

+ If you have a reef aquarium, check to see if they are reef safe

+ Check to see if they are compatible with your livestock

+ Check to see their needs

+ Check to see their maximum size


Caring for Your Clean Up Crew (CUC):

+ Always acclimate your Clean Up Crew before putting them into your tank.  This reduces stress for your CUC and increases the chances of survival in your tank.

+ Research the different Clean Up Crew Members to see if they have any unique needs

+ Provide extra care for your crew by feeding them if run out of food

+ Check water and maintain ideal parameters for your CUC

+ Research, Research, Research!


Where to Buy Your Clean Up Crew (CUC):

+ Your Local Fish Store (LFS)




(If you know any other sites, let me know so I can add them on here!)


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