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Everything You Need To Know About Sea Snails
Hobbyists have discovered that saltwater snails are one of the best critters for the management of coral aquarium algae. For any type of algae, there is a saltwater snail. It is not surprising, therefore, that they are one of the most successful clean-up crews. In addition to having a diverse range and outstanding algae eating capacity, it is also fun to watch snails climb over the rocks or on the grass while they graze on the nuisance algae.
Snails are a gastropod. They've got shells to shield them from predators, and they all have a slug-like appearance. Saltwater snails can be found in nearly every ocean in the world. While several are collected from these oceans by divers, they are still being bred in captivity. This makes it possible for wild populations to stay stable. It also lowers the risk of unwelcome hitchhikers entering an aquarium of snails.
The Benefits of Adding Sea Snails to your saltwater aquarium
A clean aquarium is important for the welfare of your marine aquarium. Corals thrive in a clean environment that has a more consistent pH. Using a natural cleaning crew, such as marine sea snails, is helpful as it decreases the need for you to change your water as regularly or control nuisance algae. As food and waste particles are consumed and disposed of by smaller and smaller organisms as they travel down the food chain, sea snails mop up the last bits of detritus. The efficacy of sea snails in removing algae has made them very common with aquarists.
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Popular Sea Snail Species
The Turbo Snail (Turbo fluctuosa) is another big player in the cleanup crew, since it can easily remove huge numbers of nuisance algae. Its productivity in removing algae has made it very popular with aquarists. Turbo Snails prefer to hang out on glass and rocks, and eat all kinds of algae. It's going to like finding a lot of wide spaces to graze and some hiding spots. If algae amounts are inadequate, you should add dried algae to the turbo snail diet.
Be mindful, the peaceful Turbo Snail should not be held with hostile tank mates who may deliberately turn them over. Turbo Snails are slow-moving and would fight to get right if they're tipped over. Turbo Snails may also require calcium in order to continue to expand and make up their defensive shell. It is advised that the snail be acclimatized using the drip approach as it could be susceptible to changes in water parameters.
Nerite Snails (Nerita sp.) have a reputation as excellent tank cleaners, cleaning the tank of algae. Nerite Snails will even scavenge on diatoms and cyanobacteria, so they're a great all-rounder. They're also one of the hardest snails around, making them a common aquarium snail. Nerita comes from Caribbean waters, with striking shells, making them a lovely and versatile addition to your aquarium. Nerite Snails can be described as being docile, peaceful and quiet in nature, and able to walk comfortably around the tank.
Nassarius Vibex Snails
If you've just started keeping saltwater aquariums, Nassarius Vibex Snails (Nassarius vibex) are a perfect addition to your first aquarium. Next, it's because they're not that large, so you don't need a huge rig to hold them content. They grow to about half an inch in height, with a shell about the size of an olive pit. They can be kept comfortable in smaller aquariums because of this.
The Nassarius Vibex Snail is a scavenger type snail and will consume all the dead fish that might exist in your tank. This is a brilliant snail to keep the saltwater tank free of debris. As they reduce the volume of waste in your tank, the nitrate levels would be easier to manage. They're never eating something that's alive, so that means you're not going to worry about them unexpectedly chomping down on your precious fish!
Bumble Bee Snails
The Bumble Bee Snail is another great snail choice (Engina sp.). Heralded for their compact size and lovely coloring, Engina sp. You may get into small crevices and tight spots between rockwork. Here, detritus is extracted, including raw meaty foods and decomposing species. This tiny member of the Buccinidae family is also burrowing your sand bed, eating sand-dwelling worms, and helping to aerate your substrate. Plus, with its stunning black body, outlined in elegant white to yellow stripes, the Bumble Bee Snail is truly magnificent to behold.
Sea Snail Care
Snails are not very troublesome when it comes to their water parameters, but it is necessary to maintain safe conditions in their aquarium by feeding them sparingly, making daily adjustments in water and ensuring good filtration. Check your water chemistry periodically to make sure that you have the correct conditions for all your aquatic creatures. Before putting snails in your tank, do not forget to acclimate them. Regardless of their hardiness, it will be better to acclimate any snail, as you would any invertebrate.
If you are intending to have saltwater snails in your aquarium, you can not presume that they can automatically find their own food sources. Although marine snails feed on aquarium detritus and algae growth, you may need to supplement your diet. If you have other invertebrates in the tank that play a similar function, this would be very important. Marine snails are likely to tolerate a wide variety of foods – they prefer to eat from the substrate and the tank surfaces, though, so the only choice is to use sinking pellets or wafers. Snails can also eat fragments of meat-based species such as brine, shrimp, fish and scallops.
If you are looking for a simple way to keep your saltwater tank clean, or if you are just looking for something unique to stock your tank with, consider a marine snail.
Sea Snails are the common name for snails that reside within the ocean, often referred to as shelled marine gastropods.
Gastropoda, the taxonomic class in which saltwater snails are listed, includes every type of snail, from land snails as well as freshwater snails. Many sea snails are used for human consumption, however the sea snails that we offer are for the safe use within a saltwater aquarium. An interesting point to consider is that gastropods also includes sea slugs, sea hares, and nudibranchs. The class of gastropoda, specifically sea snails is a very large class and varies drastically. It is impossible to make generalizations due to the huge differences. In general the marine sea snails that we offer are excellent algae eaters, such as turbo fluctuosa, or waste eaters, such as nassarius vibex.