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Old 08-14-2007, 05:16 PM   #1
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Astrea snails

Hi I have a 55gal tank and I am thinking about getting a clean up crew. Is it true that Astreas die if they topple over? I want to start off with 12 Astreas and go from there.
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:24 PM   #2
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yes, they can't right themselves if they fall off the rocks. They can sit like that for a while but will eventually die, or most likely get eaten by a fish or crab. It does happen occasionally but I have a bunch of them and I've maybe had to rescue one 5 or 6 times in the last year.
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
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I got twelve of them and they were all dead within a few days. They're stupid, cannot hold onto rocks and just topple over.

I'd love to know how people keep theirs alive and upright because I've had nothing but disaster.
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Hmm. I've lost a few as well, but most of mine are still alive and I've had them for years. If they are healthy, they should attach to the glass very firmly and will usually only end up knocked over if something irritates them. Atleast in my experience.
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If I am not mistaken, Trochus can right themselves more often than Astrea; although, they do cost a bit more. Regular aquarium observations should prevent any snails from remaining upside down for a lengthy time.
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My problem is when i travel and they end upside then its all over.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:19 PM   #7
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Reefing budgets do not allow us to travel, you should know this!!
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:04 PM   #8
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I see a new DIY post in AA's near future: "Automatic Snail-Righting Device"
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:19 PM   #9
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They are great for cleaning the glass among other things. I don't know a snail that cleans the glass more then they do. IMO they are worth the buy just for that reason. Yes you might have a couple that die but more often than not they remain upright and make a great addition to the clean-up crew. Actually, I've had more die due to attacks by Nassarius snails then anything else. I never see the Astreas on the sand and I believe the potential attacks by the Nassarius snails are the reason.
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They charge crazy prices for them in AU.. in the order of $4 each. Way too expensive when they die on me.
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