Reef tank without snails?
is it ok to have a reef tank without snails?
Sure. Snails are very beneficial for algae control and substrate sifting, but you could accomplish these tasks in other ways. Why?
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.
It is really beneficial and would help you out tremendously.
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..
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 :-P
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.
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.
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 :lol:
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 :-P) 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 :roll:
One question I've always wondered but never asked is if we could, or should put snails in a refugium.
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