Snails. freaking Snails.

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Basically, I have 3 Trochus Snails I think. I brought them yesterday and 2 of them are sitting above the water line and climbing into the filtration in the back (I have an aqua one 40 marine conversion). And then the other one is on the glass and keeps falling off and not turning its self back over. I have a semi-big blue leg hermit crab that keeps picking on it. In the past, I had 2 Trochus Snails what was eaten by the hermit crabs and now all of my hermit crabs have new shells. Is this normal behavior? thanks in advance
 
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@Doctorgori is correct: Trochus snails can right themselves. Mine are all over the tank (mainly on the glass), and many do hang out along the waterline, too.
I was told that. That’s why I’m so confused why they never right then self back up. I’ve checked all of my levels are fine. It’s just the Snails keep getting killed by the hermit crabs. Lucky i have 1 left so I’m going to see how he handles it for now
 
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They right themselves up. Hermit crabs don’t bother trochus snails cause of their defenses. Your tank water might have something wrong with it. When I first got mine, and the flow was creating movement like waves all of my trochus went up and stood there until I lowered my power heads. If they’re not getting themselves back up it means they’re not healthy or about to die I lost couple of em like this at the start.
 
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I had a Trochus that kept tipping itself over onto its back. This was deliberate and not just falling off a rock. I righted it a few times, and then I left it to its fate (which was a Hermit's lunch.) It had been in the tank for six months or so.

None of my Trochus have gone above the surface, if I'm doing a water change and they're near the waterline, they'll scoot back into the water.
 
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