Originally Posted by DaleHauze
Im not new to aquarium keeping i have had a 55 gallon tank for 5 yrs but i dont claim to know everything. Im looking for advice on what snails to use in my tank i have a sand base and the margarite snails do not seem to do well in it is there a better breed of snail for sand?
Astrea will clean rocks, glass, and pumps, move kinda slow, but clean well. If they fall over, cannot right themselves and will die.
Banded trochus (my favorite) will clean rocks, glass, pumps. Move pretty quick.
Conch will clean the sandbed, only need 1 per 2' of sand floor.
Cerith stay mostly on glass, will go under sand line some.
Turbos clean really well, but can get really big and clumsy and knock corals and rock over.
Nassarius eat detritus, will go on rocks and glass in search of leftover food. They also keep your sandbed stirred when they burry themselves.
Nerite will clean rock and glass.
That's all I know. It's best to get a variety, cuz they all have their own purpose. I have conch, Nassarius, astrea and banded in trochus in my 55.