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Super Tongan Nassarius Snail
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Super Tongan Nassarius Snail (Nassarius sp.)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Tan
Diet Carnivore, Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1"
Origin Tonga
Family Nassariidae
Supplements Calcium, Trace Elements
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The Super Nassarius Snail from Tonga combines unique beauty with unparalleled scavenging abilities. Its oval, spiral shell is often said to resemble an olive pit, but it is much more ornate and elegant in its beauty. The most striking physical characteristic, however, is the long, tube-like siphon that protrudes from one end of the shell. This siphon is used to breathe while the Super Nassarius Snail is buried in the substrate foraging for food. In addition to beauty, the Nassarius sp. is an ideal detritus eater that also helps maintain adequate oxygen levels in the substrate as they burrow and sift through the sand.

Among the many species of Nassarius snails found in the coastal zones of most oceans, the Super Nassarius Snail is one of the largest and can grow up to 1" in size. This size advantage over their much smaller relatives makes them ideal inhabitants in larger marine reef systems. However, since they spend most of their time buried in your aquarium substrate feeding on waste, uneaten food, and other detritus, they require a well-established aquarium with live rock and sufficient sand substrate.

The Super Tongan Nassarius Snail has an acute sense of smell and can quickly detect food when added to your aquarium. It is definitely fun to watch the sand boil with activity as the Super Tongan Nassarius Snail emerges from the substrate in search for the source of the scent. Super Tongan Nassarius Snails can typically find enough food in most marine aquariums with well-established sand beds. However, if food levels are not adequate, supplement their diet with frozen meaty foods, such as brine or mysis shrimp or pieces of fish or scallops.

Like other invertebrates, Nassarius sp. is very sensitive to copper-based medications and high nitrate levels. The Super Tongan Nassarius Snail requires a gradual acclimation period, preferably the drip acclimation method, since it is intolerant of even the smallest fluctuations in water parameters. The Super Nassarius Snail is extremely difficult to breed in captivity.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

Customer Testimonials

Eric S Winterville , NC
These snails are not only beautiful but a must have for any aquarium with a sand bed. I have had mine for about a month and they do a great job of keeping the sand bed stirred. Sometimes when I add frozen food to the tank they all come up out of the sand. You can't go wrong with these snails. Neat to watch when they come out and great workers all in one.
Sandra M Port Saint Lucie , FL
These snails are the absolute best! Since I introduced them into my 30 gallon reef system my problems with detritus and uneaten food are over. They also do a great job with my "DSS". To my amazement they actually started laying eggs. I'm totally happy and my sons(2 and 3) love them too.
Jeff B Attleboro , MA
I purchased a bunch of these snails from LiveAquira almost 2 years ago and every one of them is still alive. They erupt from the sand at night and during feeding time and really do a great job keeping things clean. This is an excelent choice as a member of the cleanup crew.
Louise T Menominee , MI
These snails are the coolest snails out there! They rush out from within the sand bed during feeding time - really cool to watch. They look just like the picture! A must have for your cleaning crew.
Bob P Carbondale , PA
Great snails, had for a few months, one just laid a few hundred eggs on my glass. Very very happy.
Mackenzie H Milan , IN
These guys are awesome! They do an excellent job keeping the sandbed stirred! It's hilarious if you put a few sinking pellets on the sandbed. Within seconds it's like the night of the living dead!
Remy F Hayward , CA
These snails are fast when they want to move. Super cool to watch. The shells are beautiful. They stay buried in the sand until food hits the sand and they all pop up and come and feast. At night they come out and fix my incurable over feeding habit.
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