African Pygmy Turbo Snails!!!

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  1. brentv

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    Ok so after checking these small snails brown & pearlesent with black stripes, cruising around some rocks munching down on algea about 3 weeks ago, I decided to chuck about 10 in my tank knowing the risks to see if they were just gonna do what regular bought Turbo snails do!!!!:whistling:.....

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!!! they are absolutely awesome, don't touch any corals and giving the algea a run for it's money!!!

    So I 'caught':blush: more!!! and they are starting to really work!!!
    Been 2 weeks since I've had them all in and improvements definately!!!

    They work better than any surgeon or tang, aren't knocking corals over and are easy to take out and return to the sea when they are done!!:yeahdude:

    I will take a pic this afternoon, but was wondering if anyone has tried these guys before????:whistling:
    Actually not sure if they are common everywhere? but I get a load in Shelly Beach!! Gonna nickname them 'African Pygmy Turbo Snail'!!
     
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  3. archiecrain

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    Thats pretty awesome! No losses?
     
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    send me some
     
  5. Slummies

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    good one brent! jealous of your collection! nearly done with scuba my side! amped to come up there soon!


    good job
     
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    Where in da hell is Ladybrand:whistling:.
     
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    definately losses, wrasse firstly! They get a few when they fall off the rocks and get undercarriage exposed!!! a few also climb out and some go white water rafting into the sump, where they carry on working!!! ... good slaves:lol:
     
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  8. Slummies

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    pic? i need some
     
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    My collection of snails...:eek: Really!! but I've named them all and they're like... like family, How could I ever live without... Dave, Roger, Billy, Andy, Peggy-Sue, and my favourite Pamela Ander'snail':biggrin:
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Sounds like Neritidae family. Or Nerita
    Small, almost cap like structure, flattish. And from the top, almost look round.

    Get thenm in brown black, with stripes, without. Also get white ones, but they tend to climb out of the tank.

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    Eish, Brentv you can send some up north... :)
     
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    Please post a proper pic, one from the top, and the other from the bottom (opening side)

    Then I will ask my Snail Auntie to properly identify it. She is part of the sea shells collectors. Crazy about it. Must see all the shells in her house.

    Anyway, better safe than sorry.
     
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    Just a comment.
    If you got too many herbivorous snails, they will be OK for a week or two, Actually until they removed all the algae. But then they all starve, together. And die off. Usually ending up below between the rocks where you can not take them out. Causing other problems with ammonia. So you need a lot of hermits to take care of the dead snails.

    Been there, done that (almost)

    What happen was I brought up a lot of snails and a few hermits. And gave them all away. Sounds nice. But it bit me. I kept them in my own tank for that week or two while giving them away. The result, my own snail population thereafter almost crashed as they did not have any food left. I did lose a lot, especially the bigger Turbo Coronata snails and my chitons. Luckily the 6 Yellow Ring cowries all made it.

    You need a balance.
     
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    Riaan! So you're AUNTY is your secret ID specialist! That is CLASSIC! hahahahaha! :D
     
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    So when are we getting pictures of the now nearly extinct pygmy turbo snail?
    :whistling:
     
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    :lol::lol:
     
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    ...Pushing buttons hey!!!:tt2:, I'll take some pics bit later after work!
    I'm sure the ones in Ballito are just as prolific:whistling:
     
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    Agreed Riaan, But I have loads of algae so it's gonna be a while, if my wrasse don't chow them all before then:blush: there are guys here that they can be re-housed!
     
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    Yes, you must see her place. She and Hubby go down to some coast for 4 to 6 months a year. Everyday patrolling another beach to find something new. One bedroom is just shells, plus dining area and the garage. Talk about a hobby that take over your house. Having a marine tank do not come close...

    I'm trying to convince her to become part of the Masa community.
     
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    can we please see a pic of these snails?
     
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