Smal white snail ID please

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  1. gecco

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    Good morning, I've seen this snail in between my LR about 3 weeks ago. Since then he grew to ±5mm (from ±2mm first seen). He moves fairly fast for his size and covers the 1.5m tank with ease.
    Any idea if it's good or bad and what type?
    Come in RiaanP, Come in....:thumbup:[​IMG]
     
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    pointy shell = bad (most of the time)
     
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    Thats a whelk they not bad!
     
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    I have had whelks eat entire zoa rocks over night!
     
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    Some of my Zoas got wipped out in a weeks time about 3 weeks ago...:(
     
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    There are two similar looking snails, one bad, one good. Depends on the sharp end of the shell. More the way its formed. And if its just plain ribbed or "dotted" ribbed

    I reckon its the later. See the ribs, it is not smooth. Nut there are a lot of snails in this family. They vary from white to dark brown. Do not have my snail books with me. Let me mail my "snail aunt" for her comments

    But a picture from the underside, showing the opercullum (the opening) would help a lot.
     
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    could it not be a nassarius snail
     
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    Not a whelk. They got a smoother shell. And the fold between each whorl is a lot more defined.
     
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    Yip, my first thought was a nassarius vibex.
    Who told you that?
     
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    I think i saw that on RC Dean :D

    I'll much rather sump ANY snail i see in the tank until you know what it is....
     
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    K so i was told the wrong thing then because i have about 5 of these in my tank and they havent touched anything.

    They usually come out at night and move all over the tank.
     
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    Will get a pic of the underside tonight if I can find it. :blush:
     
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    also have 5 of them the hide in the sand and only when i feed do they come out. admitidly they shells as very smooth.
     
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    usually when they have a mouth part that sticks out like that, its a predatory snail isnt it? so its cruisin around lookin for food in ur tank, maybe smaller snails, starfish ect? does it eat algae?
     
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    It looks like part of the Nassariidae family. Large family with a lot of sub families.
    They are mostly active scavengers.

    Take a small piece of hake or mussel. clip it to you feggie clip and position it on the sand. They will quickly find it. Anything that dies in your tank and they will be on it very quickly, you walk in and see them on a fish that was alive last night. Misdiagnosing them as predators.
     
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    got a few of these guys, have seen them on my zoa's as well as rocks, i think they just feed on decaying matter and detritus but I have to also admit that when I find them on my zoa's, the sump is their next stop.....
     
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    well, she came back to me. Looks like a Nassariidae.
    But which one, not sure. Post a picture of the opercullum. And bigger picture please.

    Also is it local, or did it hitch hike into your system?
     
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