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Old 01-06-2007, 02:28 PM   #1
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Snails dying

My tank has been doing well and the fish are doing great; however, a bunch of snails have died (5/20? maybe more). I've seen one that tipped over and fell in the back... I can't reach him so he is going to die too (may be dead already).

I've just seen a bunch of empty shells around my tank. They're astrea snails I believe (LFS called them Turbo Snails though). My guess is that the crabs are the culprit. I have a bunch of hermit crabs (I think they are blue legged) and 2 large red legged hermit crabs. They have plenty of shells and big shells too (bigger than snail shells). What can I do to stop more snails from dying?

I tested my water to make sure and all was good wtih my test strip, but nitrates showed 20ppm. I decided to do a 20% WC to be safe. I retested my water with my instant ocean test kit though (it feels like I'm doing a chem lab with this kit) and nitrates are under 10ppm.
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What temp. do you keep your tank? I`m not doubting the hermits as they have the potential. I noticed yrs ago when I had my 55 My temps were around 82 degrees and I could not keep them alive but since I got my 125 I keep my temp at 75-76 and They are still alive after 3 yrs and producing little babies. Might not pertain to you but that is my suggestion.
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I have my temp. set to 24/24.5 Celsius.

I read that this is pretty much the ideal temp.

I measure my salinity with a little plastic device (Coralife) and it is for 24c temps too I think.

It says salinity between 1.022-1.024 but I've read reefs should be @ 1.025 or so. I'm going to try an increase the salinity. Maybe low salinity was a problem for them?
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I've read that snails are more sensitive to water changes and nitrate levels then fish.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
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I have my temp. set to 24/24.5 Celsius.
What is this in Fareheit?

They are more sensitive to nitrates and salinity changes. Not PWC`s if done right.
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I have my temp. set to 24/24.5 Celsius.
What is this in Fareheit?
About 75 to 76 Fahrenheit.

Here is a link to a quick online converter: http://www.motherfish.com/temperatureconverter.html

Might want to bookmark it as it seems there are more and more international members posting lately.
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Thanks alot. Never was good at that stuff. Well his temps are OK
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What temp. do you keep your tank? I`m not doubting the hermits as they have the potential. I noticed yrs ago when I had my 55 My temps were around 82 degrees and I could not keep them alive but since I got my 125 I keep my temp at 75-76 and They are still alive after 3 yrs and producing little babies. Might not pertain to you but that is my suggestion.
Wow its amazing no matter how much you read, you can't ever find a single answer.

I've read alot of things that say the temp should be at 82 degrees. I use to keep my tank at 78 but uped it to 82. I do have snails, and haven't had a problem with them.

I'm just wondering If I should be lower my temp..

What do you keep your salinity at melosu?

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Wow its amazing no matter how much you read, you can't ever find a single answer.
Keep in mind that our tanks frequently have a variety of critters and corals from around the world's oceans.

One species might come from a tropical reef setting where the normal temp that it thrives at is 84.
Another species might originate from a completely different part of the world where it's ideal temp is 72.

Even critters that come from the same exact reef might live at different depths, and as any diver has found out, the water temp near the surface is warmer than the water temp just a few fathoms down.

The real trick for us aquarists is finding the happy medium between what the different species in our tank can comfortably tolerate.

My tanks run in the range of 78-83 between the air conditioning and cooling fans, and so far everything seems pretty happy at that range.
Obviously I don't keep any "cold water" species.
If I did, living here in South Florida, I'd have to invest in a chiller.
The a/c and the fans just wouldn't cut it.
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I keep it at 1.025. Temp around 75-76. Reason you get different answers is people have different experiences. On Sw aquaria there is no one way to do things. I was just giving you one of my experiences. Good Luck.
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