Snail id please

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  1. Helga

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    Hi,

    I saw hundreds of these 3 - 5mm little snails crusing on the sand tonight. They came out after lights after I fed the corals. An hour later they were gone again. It looks like tiny Nassarius snails with the litte syphon tube. Is it a problem to have so many of these little guys in the sand? @RiaanP?

    The pic was taken with a macro lense. These babies are about 4mm in size
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    Hi helga, yip, they're nassarius snails.
    I also have hundreds of them & they seem to love the detritus in my sand bed!!!
     
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    Dada! See @Helga, knew someone would make sure! I was never good at ID, ask my taxonomy professor at varsity!:blush:
     
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    Yip, Nassarius snails. They are small snails, hiding in the sand. Popping out when food like pices of hake is added. They are rather fast moving.

    They are the cleaners of your system. Any fish that dies, and they will be on it quickly.
     
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    Thanks Guys and Gal,
    I have big Nassarius that I bought for cleanup crew many moons ago. So they must have been multiplying like crazy. I have never noticed the small ones on the sand. The big one always come out at night and cruise around on the sand (when I feed)..... but last night the sand looked like it was moving with these small ones. But if its Nassarius, then I'm not worried at all.
     
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    Yep, very cool. They're the absolute best scavengers you can have because they don't damage corals, eat live fish or wipe out your pod population like hermits do.
     
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