Saltwater Aquarium Snails for Marine Reef Aquariums: Nassarius Snail
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Nassarius Snail (Nassarius sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Tan, White
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size ½"
Origin Caribbean, Indonesia, Mexico
Family Nassariidae
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Overview

The Nassarius Snail is a little snail with a big appetite. This hungry critter glides through your aquarium foraging for food. The Nassarius Snail is an efficient scavenger and detritus eater and is the perfect member of your reef aquarium cleanup crew. You will be pleased at how quickly a small group of Nassarius Snails will clear detritus, uneaten food, decaying organics, and fish waste.

The Nassarius Snail is a small scavenger with an oval, spiral shell that resembles an olive pit. The Nassarius Snail likes to burrow in the sand, usually with its long, tube-like siphon protruding from the substrate. As it searches for food, the Nassarius Snail helps prevent compaction and aerates aquarium substrate.

The Nassarius Snail prefers an established aquarium with live rock and a deep sand bed. It is sensitive to high nitrate levels and copper-based medications. The Nassarius Snail is extremely difficult to breed in captivity.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/4" to 1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Debbie W Naples , FL
These little bitties are so much fun to watch! Their habits are new to me, so their activities add a lot of dynamic to our 200 gallon tank!
Robert C Winston Salem , NC
I have two of these in my 30 gallon, they do a great job. They bury themselves then come out when I am ready to feed.
Melissa L Austin , TX
These guys have been an amazing addition to my tank. I love watching them emerge from the sandbed to come up and feed. They even get moving pretty fast, a relative term for a snail, of course. They're exciting to watch, and good cleaners.
Eric P Kempner , TX
Excellent substrate cleaners. They bury in the sand and occasionally emerge during the day while feeding the fish. very active at night and do move rather fast for a snail.
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