SNAIL YES! Your favorite snails & why you love them!

How important are having the right snails in your reef?

  • VERY Important

    Votes: 301 43.8%
  • Important

    Votes: 288 41.9%
  • Not So Important

    Votes: 65 9.4%
  • I don't have snails

    Votes: 29 4.2%
  • Other

    Votes: 5 0.7%

  • Total voters
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revhtree

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I recently ordered 250 snails for my 450g system......yea hair algae BAD!

Ya I know we've only talked about this a couple million times but a fresh discussion about important topics can't be bad right?! Plus we want to hear from people who have yet to chime in on this subject. So it's time to come out of your shell and tell us about your favorite snail and more importantly is why! We need an answer for both of the following questions.

1. WHAT is your favorite snail?

2. WHY is your favorite snail your favorite?

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Billldg

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Red banded trochus snails. They are all over the tank constantly eating algae. Plus, it’s funny watching them flip themselves back over, LOL!!!
 

Crabs McJones

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I love Trochus and Stomatella snails. Currently working on getting Stomatellas but not having much luck, nobody sells them. If you have any hit me up lol!
 

Quietman

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Astrea...algae eating machines are my favorite. Plus they make me feel needed, always flipping over and waiting for me to save them! Although thinking about it, they really haven't flipped over as much lately as when first placed...hmmmm.

Love the ability to select different species for different functions though..glass, sand bed, algae, detritus.
 

Schnizzle

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I love Trochus and Stomatella snails. Currently working on getting Stomatellas but not having much luck, nobody sells them. If you have any hit me up lol!
I had been on the hunt and lucked out. The not so LFS had them crawling around in a few tanks. I mentioned I could never find them for sale. He told me they are not for sale as he plucked three mammoths off the glass and dropped in with my trumpet coral.

I like my nassarius for keeping the sand bed stirred. I can't keep a conch alive for some reason.
 

Brew12

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I keep around 200 to 300 snails of a variety in my 187g system. I also keep a few urchins and 30ish hermit crabs along with 2 or 3 smaller conchs.

Snails are important to me, but not critical. Other CuC members can fill their role. For example, if I were fighting a hair algae outbreak I would consider adding a Dolabella Sea Hare instead of snails. Much more effective imo. I like snails for preventing problems, not solving them.
 

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snail image via @DaveFe
On a separate note, have you ever considered learning how to use a camera so you can take your own pics? :p ;Troll
 

Seanislav

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I vote Trochus. I cannot be home all the time to flip Astrea and turbo snails back on to their feet when the little klutzes fall off stuff. Unfortunately, I have three different Halichoeres wrasses (4.5" Checkerboard, 3.5" timorensis, and a 4" melanurus) in my 300, so snails don't fare well...even the conches were rather quickly dispatched.
 

S2G

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If I had to pick just one it would be trochus. Good all around workhorse except for sandbed.

I like fighting conch for sand cleaning duty
 

Hair Algae in your aquarium. Choose all that apply!

  • I've never had hair algae

    Votes: 52 8.4%
  • I Have had a little but nothing major

    Votes: 155 25.1%
  • I Have had several tough outbreaks

    Votes: 84 13.6%
  • I Have had a major outbreak that I won

    Votes: 182 29.4%
  • Have had a major outbreak that caused me to tear the tank down

    Votes: 26 4.2%
  • I am battling a little hair algae now

    Votes: 157 25.4%
  • I am battling a major outbreak right now

    Votes: 63 10.2%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 9 1.5%

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