Urgent help needed are these snails a problem for my tank

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    i hope these guy's are not going to be a problem. so basicaly i need an ID or i just need to know what it is going to eat in my tank. it is only about 1cm long but i found a whole bunch of the buggers on a rock. i'm sure i didn't get them all. pics to follow
     
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    uploading pics now
     
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    Looks like a cone shell... As far as I know, some are predatory? They are also very poisonous... Personally, I'd take the buggers out! I don't take chances with bugs anymore.
     
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    pic from the back should help.

    Is the shell flat? If yes then it looks like Stomella. Harmless, actually good to have.

    But on that angle, it does look like a cone, but Cone is a definite round shell with long thin opening. And yes they can be extremely poisonous as they hust fish and can paralyse a fish in a second or two, before the fish can swim away. Most others are predatory on worms etc... I got a nice Cone, black with yellow markings in my sump since September. It actually grown a bit.
     
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    it definately has a round shell with a narrow long opening. so it will not chow corals or softies? is there a natural predator to get rid of them?
     
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    I think they are the natural predators... Not sure of anything that eats cone shells... They wont eat corals, they'll eat small fish and inverts and small things. But only when bigger.
     
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    Google "Cone Snail" on images, and confirm first.

    If Cone, do not handle them with your bare hands. Use tweezers.

    They are predators on other inverts or fish. Why you have a lot on one rock, I do not understand. Can you post another Pic from the back and one from the opening, and i will pass it on to my Sea Snail Shell aunt for proper ID.
     
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    +1. Great little snail.
     
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