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  1. CW

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    Hi PPL

    Please ID these snails.

    I want to know if i must sump them or if i can put them in the display.

    Thanx

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    Hi, The small one in the hand looks like a muricidae. AFAIK they are predators.

    the big one in the first pic also looks like a predator, but I guess Riaan will identify the species...
     
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    Thanx man
     
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    Thais bufo and Morula granulata. Predators, you don't want them in your tank.
     
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    yip, bottom one is family Muricidae, member Morula Granulata. And they definitively eat other snails.


    Top one, can be Thais Bufo, but the knobs should be less defined. For me more a Thais Tuberosa or Drupa Morum. A picture from the other side would help more. The Driupa got a purple hue around its opening. Anyway, they are all also part of the Muricidae family and predators.

    The Muricidae family is one of the largest most diverse group. And they are eating mostly bi-valves but can take on any other snail.
     
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    Oh no, I am nearly sure that I have the botom one in my tank, bought it 8 months ago. Will take a photo for a positive ID.
     
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    Ok cool Riaan

    So ill just sump them then
     
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    do me a favour and take a pic of the top one from its other side.
     
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    hehe, one problem, cant find him in the sump now. He must be some where under the LR or cheato. But dont want to disturb too mutch cos ive got a friends six line also in there.

    Ill post more pics later when i c him again.

    Thanx Riaan.
    C u at AquariumExpo2012
     
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    It's definitely Thais bufo...quite a variable species. Been collecting SA shells scientifically for 17 years. :whistling:
     
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    Caught in the act

    I have been looking for the snail now for a few days and last night found it, attached to one of my other snails!!! If this is not caught in the act? But maybe is was just by accident, so pls give positively ID from photos.

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    Yep, also Morula granulata. They can and do eat other gastropods.
     
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    OK, now I know why are my small snails disappeared, only three big (thick shelled) onces are still around.

    Is it local, can I release it and would it be OK to do it or do I have to euthanize it?
     
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    well a buddy of mine caught them locally
     
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    Cannot reintroduce them as they can carry sickness from your fish that comes from other parts of the world.
    Sump them. One day their shell could be used by a hermit.
     
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    Yip, think I got it from a local shop, now understand why it is not growing. I don't have a sump, any takers?
     
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    Yes, saw them at LFS, both sponsors as well. They get conned by the importers, who in turn get conned by the collectors.... With you loosing out.
     
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