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Old 07-06-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. I would like to add some snails to my 20 gallon FOWLR. I would like 2 species. What two species do you recommend and how many of each? I want them to clean my glass and my sand bed and live rock. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Astrea and Nassarius snails seem to be the most common. Both can flip themselves back over which is a huge advantage. Astrea will clean the rock and glass, Nassa snails bury themselves in the sand.
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Thanks. I'll look into it. What about Cerith Snails?
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Oh sorry I'm used to calling it a sand bed, but it is actually crushed coral. Sorry.
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Well you cant use them then. They would get cut up with the sharp edges of CC.
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I cant use any of them?
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The nassa snails for sure no. But you should look to get rid of the CC soon anyway. It will trap waste and bad things and eventually become a nitrate factory, causing you a huge headache. I would replace it with aragonite. Don't do it all at once though. in 1/4 or 1/3 is what i see recommended most often.
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I would suggest checking out reefcleaners.org (one of our sponsors). John Maloney can help you decide on a clean up crew (CUC).

I agree with getting rid of the crushed coral (1/3 at a time, a week between each third).
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Really? Wow. Thanks for the heads up. Hmm...so is aragonite expensive? What is it exactly?
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