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Old 12-26-2004, 07:18 PM   #1
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Think I need more snails ??

I've got build up of yellowish brown algae along the top of my SB and on the sides where I can't get my scubber in due to the LR..... think maybe I should get more snails????? I've got twenty or thirty in there right now.... and a Lawnmower blenny...... some emeralds etc.... so do ya think I need more snails???
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Old 12-26-2004, 07:19 PM   #2
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Is there any type of snail that doesn't leave the swirls???? I'd like a couple of ideas on different kinds.... I think I have some turbos and asteas right now.... along with one or two "conch" looking elephant snout suckas..........
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Old 12-26-2004, 07:34 PM   #3
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Look into Nassarius snails. They spend most of their time in the top .5 inch of substrate and eat what is there while turning it over to keep it healthy. They will not dig down into substrate to disrupt a DSB if you have one, just enough to cover themselves. They will not clean your glass however.
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Old 12-26-2004, 08:51 PM   #4
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I have a few nassarius snails. they are cool. i will be getting more. I don't care for Asterias because they seem to commit suicide alot. ( they fall off of the glass and onto their backs and then its impossible for them to turn over.)
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Old 12-27-2004, 03:43 PM   #5
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I got 60 plus Nassarius snails in my tank. They stir the sand bed pretty good,and don't leave swirls.
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Nassarius are great. I have been adding about 10 of them a week, trying to boost my population of them as well.
I would add some more comfort, sure can't hurt.
I've also noticed my blue legged hermits working on the sand, may want to consider a couple of them too.
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Old 12-27-2004, 04:06 PM   #7
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how many do you suggest per square foot of sand?
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I would say 1-2 per square foot would do. Don't forget about cerith snails. They move sand nicely too.
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I'd like to get some blue hermit crabs too, but i heard they eat corals. Is this true?
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:18 PM   #10
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I'd like to get some blue hermit crabs too, but i heard they eat corals. Is this true?
They will sometimes munch on snails, but it is not common for them to eat corals.
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