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Old 02-20-2007, 01:57 PM   #11
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I think they are the culprit in this. I just think my snails are falling off of the rocks and the crabs are coming in for the kill.
I think this is a very good assessment of the situation.
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I've had hermits of 2 kinds in my tank, and I've not seen them ever attack astrea snails. Astreas are actually one of the only kind my crabs have not killed. I have about 10 blue legged hermits and a scarlet hermit. They did like the Llynassa snails when I had them (do not reccomend them to anyone now) and the turbos.

I don't think the crabs are your problem, just that you keep losing them from tipping over.
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I've also heard from a knowledgeable source that many of the astrea snails that are sold in the reef trade are cool water species. The temps we run our reefs at is too high for them, causing lethargy and ultimately premature death. 90% of the Astrea snails I get don't last more than a few months, but I've had trochus, nerite, and bumble bees literally last for years. Just my experience..
Did you drip acclimate everything?
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No I did not. I floated everything
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That's very likely at least part of the problem. Drip acclimation is mandatory for inverts. They are much more likely to succumb to changes in water chemistry than vertebrates. Here is an article describing the process- http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...q=2&fldAuto=18
FWIW I have heard of people placing snails at the water line on the aquarium glass so they can slowly acclimate themsleves to the water. Drip would still be best IMO.
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i agree with the astreae flaw, they fall and can't get up. you'll notice somethings wrong because unlike other snails, astreae never gone on the sand, as their foot is best suited for rocks/glass
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