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Old 10/08/2007, 11:19 AM
deege deege is offline
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what are the best snails?

I am in need of some snails for my clean up crew. what are the best ones to get? I have had others in the past that would flip over and get eaten by my crabs. Are there any out there that dont flip over, or can return upright?
also where is the best place to purchase them? My LFS sucks here.
thanks all!!
Old 10/08/2007, 11:24 AM
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good morning deege, i would have to say Trochus snails because if they fall over they can flip themselves right back over in no time at all, hope this helps!
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Old 10/08/2007, 11:30 AM
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I like Nassarius and Cerith Snails
Old 10/08/2007, 11:33 AM
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depends on what you're looking for.

For rocks and glass the banded trochus are monsters and always active. These guys keep my tank spotless.
In the sand look for some nassarius snails, you have to have a few inches of sand so they can bury themselves but they will turn the sand and eat all dropped food from the sandbed.
Nerites and ceriths are two snails that stay pretty small and can also flip themselves over, probably two of my favorites.

You probably recieved astrea snails which are great for glass and rocks but can't right themselves.
Old 10/08/2007, 11:42 AM
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I think what I will do is go on-line somehwere and see if I can get a mix of all the ones mentioned. That way I have my mix of glass and sand taken care of. Right now all I have in my 55 is a sea cucomber and a few crabs.
Thanks for the reply's!
Old 10/08/2007, 11:56 AM
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Old 10/08/2007, 12:05 PM
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nassarius snails are awesome. the will eat anything left over from feeding. but what i think is cool about them is the fact that they burry themselves completely exsept for a little tube sticking out of you sand in wich they breath and smell. when food is introduced it is like the night of the living dead they all rise out of the sand and go searching for food. i love it. when people come over that is the first thing i do is feed so the can see it. then i get 20 questions about them. i love it
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Old 10/08/2007, 12:12 PM
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Old 10/08/2007, 01:12 PM
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Nassarius (if you have a sandbed), cerith, trochus, and nerite. Get all four types if you can. I have a hard time finding nerites at my LFS, but if you are ordering online anyway then get some.
Old 10/08/2007, 03:59 PM
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Nassarius are the best. They clean everything.
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Old 10/08/2007, 04:35 PM
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Deege, Riley296 is right. Dr. f&s E-tropicals, you can bilud your own.
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Old 10/08/2007, 04:41 PM
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Thank everyone for your imputs! I am gonna go shopping now...
Old 10/08/2007, 04:46 PM
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Having a variety of snails is helpful
Old 10/08/2007, 05:54 PM
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Take this for what it is worth. I believe that the best approach with snails is variety. Get a few of everything. I have moved my system twice in this decade. When I have taken my tanks apart after years of adding and replacing snails I always find more Astreas alive than any other species. I also find evidence of Trochus breeding so that is a plus.
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Old 10/08/2007, 05:55 PM
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i like strombus, cerith, stometalla, and collonsita b/c they can reproduce in the tank.

i have nassarius in all of my tanks as well, great for keeping the sand clean, wouldn't use in a BB.
Old 10/08/2007, 08:00 PM
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I was investigating snails for my own tank today and stumbled on the old reefkeeping snails series (3 parts). Highly recommended:
Old 10/09/2007, 08:58 AM
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holy crap.... now thats a ton of info!

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