snail id and info needed

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  1. Adee

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    Hi, I collected these this morning...some I already have in my tank others are new to me. What's their compatibility like in a fully stocked reef system

    these I have:
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    tigershell.jpg

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    these are new to me:
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    the last two (type) seems to go on a walk about out of the bucket a lot...

    here is my questions with regards to bringing them back:
    Can i bag them...how many per bag? easier to transport in bags.

    I'm keeping them in air-rated buckets....for another 6 days, before I retrun to Jozi....they mixed with some hermits, will they be OK to keep together?

    Will they turn cannibal and eat each other? Do i need to feed them?

    appreciate your input.
     
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    hermits will eat snails as soon as hungry
     
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    Or to get hold of the snail's shells. The hermits kill the snails for their shells.
     
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    Nerita, very Nice, reef safe. Do not grow big.
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    Miricidae, PREDATOR, eat bi-valves and mussels and even other snmails, get rid of it NOW...
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    Top shell, nice, vegatarian
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    small snail, red and white stripes at the bottom around the opening. Looks like a race track red and white corners (well almost) vegetarian, but hermits take these out first.
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    Looks like turbo Coronatus, vegetarian, very nice, but can eventually grow to be to a pool table ball size. Then they knock everything off. But they are extremely great grazers. But likely to fall prey to a hermit before that get that big
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    Predator, and poisonous. Careful, they got a harpoon that they can flick up to catch fish. Can reach all the way to the end of the shell, so can reach your fingers. I got one in my sump already for a year and he is still alive. Not sure what he eats there.
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    Best is nerita's and turbo's....
    Keep them for the trip away from the hermits.
     
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    Check if you can get black shell nerita's. Also get a white shell one, just look 2 or 3 meters above high water mark for the white ones. Or nicer striped ones brown and black. The one you pictured got hammered by the waves :)
    I had a big white shell with black body. R5 size. Still got his shell.

    Also for first 2 or 3 months they will keep on climbing out of your tank. So each morning check everywhere around your tank. If you got a rimless tank, then they WILL climb out. Euro bracing helps, they stop when out and upside down.
     
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    On the Turbo Coronatus
    Turn it around and take a photo of its opening. If it is round and it got a flap that closes the opening, then it is a vegetarian. Very nice snails. Almost the best out of your bunch for eating algae.
     
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    Adee

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    thanks Riaan!

    Will return the baddies back now to where I found them. That Turbo Coronatus does have a flap...not many of them around though.

    will separate the hermits from the snails as well to keep the peace.
     
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    ahh, they there, just do not know where to look :)

    Look under rocks, deepest point under overhang, above low tide level.

    BTW, where are you. Which beach?
     
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    Adee

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    I'm at Uvongo...the rock pools in front where I'm staying.

    Snail activity seem more rampant in the dark, saw more when I went back to dump the bad ones....will go again with a torch...saw some big bristle stars as well.
     
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    I see on Google earth that there is another nice rock pool just north at StMicheals

    Bristle Stars, lure them with a small piece of hake, of anything small piece of bait you can beg of the fishermen.
     
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    this area is dotted with a rocky shore line...I think I have enough that I need or should I say, can handle for the journey back.
     

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