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Old 08-21-2013, 09:41 AM   #11
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Diet and Feeding : Nassarius snails are carnivores scavengers in their eating style and will eat almost any decaying organic material in the tank but they do not eat algae. As such, supplemental feeding for them is normally not needed. However, if there is not enough food in the tank, their diet can be supplement with small meaty seafood such as brine shrimp, mysids, roe, fish, shellfish or crustacean meat.
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The Nassarius Snail is a great scavenger that will eat various kind of organic material such as fish waste, leftover foods and even dying or death fish, making it a beneficial addition to your tank. Another benefit of having these snails in your tank is that they will also help to aerate the sandy substrate of your tank as they sift through the substrate while searching for food. This action also helps to reduce the growth of slime algae or cyanobacteria on the substrate surface. They also have the habit of burying their whole shell in the substrate, with only siphon protruding above the substrate. This siphon is used to sense the presence of food. They will move quickly, often as a group towards the food source once food is detected.


It would appear we are both right. I think that they are some of the neatest inhabitants in a saltwater tank and are really the one thing that got me into the saltwater side of things after watching them popp out of the sand in my brothers tank.

To the op I hope the info helps you with your dirty sand and of course more flow will help as well.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #13
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yea I guess they will eat everything except algae so it's good to have a mix. I am in the camp though that adding any living thing will add nutrients that feed the crap (pun intended) we dont want so youre ****ed if you do youre ****ed if u dont.

I also agree with you and x on an abundance of flow and I'm currently at 28x but I want to add more and get it up around 40-45x.
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I disagree with the popular belief that nassarius snails will eat detritus. Some of that stuff is just copied and pasted from website to website and is incorrect. You will only see them when you feed the tank, detritus covered sand bed or not. They won't come out when a fish craps and it hits the sand. Manual removal and increasing flow would be my suggestion.
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I disagree with the popular belief that nassarius snails will eat detritus. Some of that stuff is just copied and pasted from website to website and is incorrect. You will only see them when you feed the tank, detritus covered sand bed or not. They won't come out when a fish craps and it hits the sand. Manual removal and increasing flow would be my suggestion.
I agree with mrX, i have over 50 of them, soon as they smell garlic mixed with food- you can probably count more than a 100 lol
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Ya X you do have good point there and it's funny you say copied and pasted cause that's exactly what I did! Copied and pasted from a website. Lol they are neat little creatures.
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Only some marine worms process detritus and it just goes in one end and out the other.
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I disagree with the popular belief that nassarius snails will eat detritus. Some of that stuff is just copied and pasted from website to website and is incorrect. You will only see them when you feed the tank, detritus covered sand bed or not. They won't come out when a fish craps and it hits the sand. Manual removal and increasing flow would be my suggestion.

Yea but it's on the Internet and they can't put anything that isn't true on the Internet...
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Yea but it's on the Internet and they can't put anything that isn't true on the Internet...[/QUOTE]

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