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Old 02-22-2004, 07:05 PM   #1
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astrea snails

how good are astrea snails? any information about them would be great. for some reason, they appear to be the only snail that my LFS keeps in stock. i would like to know if they actually do the job before i purchase them, so i can look elsewhere/order off the internet. thanks!
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Old 02-22-2004, 07:32 PM   #2
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Not only could I not keep them alive, but when they fall on their back they cannot right themselves. I had to use a wooden dowel to turn them over when I saw them upside down on the sand.

Two thumbs down in my book.

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I would look elsewhere or ask the LFS to get different snails in for you.
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Here is some good info on snails... http://www.reef-aquarium.net/resourc...ls/snails.html

My experience is pretty much right on track with theirs. I purchased 25 of them about a month ago...Unfortunately I'm seeing alot of empty shells. (I have no blue legs so they are not the cause.) I have very good luck with Nassarius, cerrith and conchs (sand bed only). But the astrea havent been the best IME.

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Well, I have to say that my astreas have done pretty well. I don't really know why...they are just happy here. I've lost a few to the "fell over" syndrome and they are bad about that. Astreas are cheap and readily available...that's probably why the LFS keeps them. I like nerites much better. Not only do they do a better job cleaning the glass, they don't fall over as often and they can get up when they do. Ceriths are good. Nassarius snails are excellent sandbed critters and detritus eaters...they don't eat a lot of algae though.
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can you guys recommend some good sites online where i could get livestock, ie non-astrea snails?
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Old 02-22-2004, 11:35 PM   #7
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Kate, I have had the same experiance also,. Srangely I have one that I has survived over one year and is fairly large.Had to flip him over just last week. It does a really good job with the algae.

Surely there must be a good lfs in your state? Im sure there are some in the Boston area, check out this link

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hreadid=255437

Do you go the Mystic Marine Life aquarium often? I used to be a member.
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hummm i bought 100 of them from reeftopia and love these snail !! never fall of the glass unless i hit them by mistake but i never flip them and they go on there way !! i did read that most will not live more than a year unless they can get out of the water during the day ! but have to say i havnt had to scrap algae off my glass front or back sense they have been in there !! turbos i had a hard time with but like these snails myself !?!?!
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