ID this snail please...

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  1. brentch

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    Hey guys and girls,

    Could someone please tell me what snail this is and if it needs to be removed...

    Thanks!
    Brent

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    Tulip shell, Peristernia forskalii leucothea. Predatory, but they stay pretty small so don't really do much damage.
     
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    Thanks everyone... I have about five roaming my tank now. Should I remove them before they reproduce, or just let them be?
     
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    Family Fasiolariidae

    small snails, with a reddish body. They are predatory. Mostly on worms.
    More likely a Peristernia leucothea due to the more white shell, but could be a forskalii. Forskalii can vary a lot on shell color, from dark brown to almost white. But the ridges is a lot more defined on a forskalii than on a much smoother leucothea. And forskalli body is a lot more red. But again, it could vary from individual.

    I had a forskalli living on my DSB for almost a year. It survived and managed to find food for that year. I do not know their lifespan, but I believe mine did died due to age. Rarely snails will make it past 3 months without food.
     
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    Thanks Riaan,

    I have seen an increase in these guys in the last few weeks, so I assume they have food. They are quite pretty, but undecided whether to remove them. They like to sit in the zoanthid beds and forage in between the polyps. They don't seem to have any preferred time to come out, rather, they seem to roam around the tank during the day and night...

    They really are pretty though... @belindamotion, they have a dull pink, and in some specimens- a bright pink foot!

    LOL!
     
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    Eh, leave em. Very much doubt they'll damage coral. Probably hunting worms between the zoas.
     
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    Where did you get the first one? Locally collected? They are common inhabitant and see them all of Natal.

    I would just leave them.
     
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    I'll let them be then... Yes, I assume they were smuggled into my tank with some zoas I collected recently...
     
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