Has anyone seen these snails before?

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There are a ton of these guys in my reef tank, I pull them out and tons more show up, they’re snails I think but remind me of whelks, can anyone ID them? I tried to take the best pictures I could !

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I may be wrong, but they look like some sort of Cerith snail, though I don't see much of a foot on them. Sorry, I meant nassarius snails ;Facepalm

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I have similar looking ones. I always thought they were like a dwarf nassarius snail. The only issue I have with them is that they clog the intake on my skimmer pump. Other than that they seem to be harmless and spawn and breed in the tank, so they must have a food source.

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Look like Strombus snails

 

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Look like Strombus snails

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Look like Strombus snails

Actually now that you mention, Stombus is a really nice choice for part of the clean up crew as stombus snails are very active, cleaning the glass and rockwork all day long. They are rather small being no longer than a maximum half an inch in length, and often breed in reef tanks easily
 
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Strombus!! That was what I was trying to remember. I had concluded mine were Strombus snails back when they first appeared. I just went and made a point of hunting a couple down to observe. They appear to be feeding on algae on the side of the fuge. Phew.

While I was researching on the hitchiker sites, I noticed they all list vermitid snails as 'good' hitchhikers!? I have been trying to get rid of those for a long time and have a crew of bumble bee snails keeping them in check.

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stombus

Actually now that you mention, Stombus is a really nice choice for part of the clean up crew as stombus snails are very active, cleaning the glass and rockwork all day long. They are rather small being no longer than a maximum half an inch in length, and often breed in reef tanks easily
hard to source though IME
 
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