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post #1 of 19 Old 04-14-2009, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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is it ok to have a reef tank without snails?
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-14-2009, 06:12 PM
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Sure. Snails are very beneficial for algae control and substrate sifting, but you could accomplish these tasks in other ways. Why?
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post #3 of 19 Old 04-14-2009, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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cause i am wanting to know what type of clean up crew i want to use, and i dont like snails, so i was curious, but if its more beneficial and if it would really help me out, than i wont mind.
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It is really beneficial and would help you out tremendously.
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post #5 of 19 Old 04-14-2009, 10:53 PM
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personally i like snails more then crabs which include and esp. hermits.

crabs are opportunistic and will eat whatever they can get ahold of. hermits dont have a problem ripping snails out of their shells for a home only to decide they dont like it and move onto the next one.
really it comes down to preference, i have and i know others have kept both snails and hermits together, i just prefer all snails. a mixture is best .. some astreas, some ceriths, some nerites, some nassarious, some stomatallas if you can get them, some turbos..
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post #6 of 19 Old 04-15-2009, 05:08 PM
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agree, I have a mix and I think a mixture of both is best

besides both are fun to watch in addition to being beneficial to your tank

Well according to Fishforum.com...
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post #7 of 19 Old 04-15-2009, 07:33 PM
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Crabs suck. I wouldn't have them if I had something else to clean up in-organic material. The LFS has been out of Nass Snails.

I don't know why someone wouldn't get snails. They are cheap, clean very well, and are completely invisible when the tank is stocked.
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post #8 of 19 Old 04-16-2009, 12:31 AM
What is the best snail for a nano reef? I had turbo once, and it grew huge and was always knocking over corals. I would like to add some snails, as I currently have none, but I do not know where to start.

125g cichlid - 14g biocube reef - 6g planted Edge - 20g L goldfish/African Clawed Frog
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post #9 of 19 Old 04-16-2009, 07:19 AM
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Cody one of the main reasons I like a mixture is because yes snails are good for some clean up duties, but not all, and the same is said for the crabs. If you got a mixture, they would will have a larger variety of nuisance algae or organic material that wont be causing bad water quality. Plus crabs are fun to watch

Sorry ThalesthePearsei, but I've never really looked deep into snail species...

When I have bought snails in the past I first bought them off of Dr. Mac's from Pacific East Aquaculture in a package (I got some great corals for a good price with them too ) for my 560g display tank.

Then for my smaller nano reef tank, i got some from my LFS and they were sold as miscellaneous reef clean up snails, so i dont really know what I have roaming around in there

One question I've always wondered but never asked is if we could, or should put snails in a refugium.

Well according to Fishforum.com...
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post #10 of 19 Old 04-16-2009, 04:24 PM
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One question I've always wondered but never asked is if we could, or should put snails in a refugium.
When I had my 50 gallon running, I bought 2 turbos and within the same week, I had hundreds of little baby turbos. They somehow made their way into the refugium and were fine, and eventually grew huge. So, if a turbo can do it, I think the smaller ones will be just fine.

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