Poll: Favorite Snail

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, Jan 23, 2018.

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  1. Cerith

    26 vote(s)
    4.1%
  2. Nassarius

    124 vote(s)
    19.7%
  3. Trochus

    231 vote(s)
    36.8%
  4. Margarita

    9 vote(s)
    1.4%
  5. Nerite

    9 vote(s)
    1.4%
  6. Mexican Turbo

    103 vote(s)
    16.4%
  7. Astrea

    73 vote(s)
    11.6%
  8. Conch

    53 vote(s)
    8.4%
  1. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Yesterday we looked at favorite shrimp. Today I'd like to see what member's favorite snail is and why. Snails are a real workhorse in any CUC and there are many types to choose from. New members often ask which type they should get so maybe we can offer some insight. So what is your favorite and why?
     
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  2. jsker

    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I like my terbos, they have mowed through everything. When I started the system 3 years ago, I put in 3 and still have 3.
     
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  3. Jimmy Lee

    Jimmy Lee Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Its a toss up between Trochus and Nassarius. They both work different parts of the tank...so they are both my #1
     
  4. WWIII

    WWIII Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor LMAS Member

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    I utilize several snails on the list, but would have to say my favorite is the nassarius snail. They are really cool looking, stir the sand by burying themselves, and are very active (especially at night). They clean up decaying animals and detritus very efficiently! Plus, did I mention they look cool! :D
     
  5. reefndude

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    Conchs are my favorite
     
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  6. vlangel

    vlangel Seahorse whisperer R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    I chose trocus since I have a bb seahorse tank. They are good grazers but not quite the bulldozers there larger relative (turbos) are. They don't need to be rescued from falling on their backs which is a plus when you have a tall tank that goes up to your armpits.

    However, if I had a sandbed I would choose nassarius. It is so important that mysis does not lay and rot in a seahorse tank and nassarius are so cool how they rise up out of the sandbed and find all the mysis.
     
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  7. WWIII

    WWIII Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor LMAS Member

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    Mine too! If they were on the list that would be my pick. They are above being on a list with just regular cuc snails though. Ha
     
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  8. bsfmaximus

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    That makes three of us!
     
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    I don't think there is a better snail for grooming the sand bed
     
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  10. madweazl

    madweazl Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I like nerites; they come out after hours to clean the windows and are gone by start of business :)
     
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  11. Lovemyreef2015

    Lovemyreef2015 I love Acans! R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365

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    I like Mexican turbos. They are great cleaners and every one that we've had will not hide if you move them and will actually climb on your hand. I think they have the cutest little face. :) the only con with them is that they get huge.
     
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  12. Mombo

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    Trochus! They eat so much in my tank daily. Its amazing.
     
  13. sfin52

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    Just had to replace my cuc. Most died in the last three months dino our break. I got a little bit of most on the list but my fav is the turbo snail. They will mow through some algea
     
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  14. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I actually meant to include the conch on the poll and obviously forgot. Feel free to change your vote as it's added now.
     
  15. MTBake

    MTBake Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I picked astrea. They seem to last the longest and eat the widest variety of algae, for me anyway.
     
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    I picked Astera. I love an Army of snail to bust down some Algae
     
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  17. DSC reef

    DSC reef Coral wasted R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    I really like turbos but they get big real quick. I voted astrea since they mow down algae as well and never seem to cause avalanches in the reef. We still keep some turbos as well.
     
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    Conchs are to coolest and do a great job on the sand bed, but
    Trochus can turn themselves over, clean amazing, reproduce in the tank and do not disturb anything.
     
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    Trochus because they reproduce easily to self sustain their population, and Mexican turbos because they bulldoze everything.
     
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