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  1. rob189

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    what snails from the rockpools can i put in my tank...pics would be helpfull
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    You are in East London, water most likely to be too cold. They will survive, but not for too long as you speed up their metabolism.
     
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    Variegated topshell...

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    And rayed limpet...

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    Got some yesterday and they are LOVING the tank... ;)
     
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    Water here is very cold but you have to keep in mind these guys live in rockpools that at low tide can reach 30 degrees... Acclimatize them for two hours plus and they will do fine... :thumbup:
     
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    Our water isnt that cold! Dont throw us EL guys in the same icy boat as those Cape Town Eskimo's!

    But in all seriousness...there are snail that do well in our tanks here...we have a local Turbo Snail version...but I cant remember what they look like. Most do ok, but the problem is a lot climb out of the tanks and die out of the water over time. The black periwinkle types seem to have lasted the longest for me...but sometimes they also tend to climb out.

    There are also one or 2 you have to be careful of that are preditory snails.
     
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    +1 stay away from whelks (anything with a shape like this or a 'snout' added on...



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    yip those are the ones I was talking about.
     
  9. KeeganP

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    yeah, only go for rounded off shells, not the pointy shells....
     
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    Topshells are pointy... :eek:
     
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    I been in Rocky Bay and Isipingo last weekend, Snorkel in the big rock pool at Park Ryne. That water was cold.... Will definitely destroy your reputation if you go streaking past the girls hostel after getting out of that pool.

    Anyway, I did find some nice snails there, mostly Yellow ring Cowries and Nerita's. Some really nice looking big Nerita's. Problem with Nerita's are that they do climb out. Not the cowries. Plus some small, really small Yellow tip hermits.

    And yes, I do agree, the temperature in the rock pools do differ quite a lot. But I seriously doubt that Cape Town snails will survive. I know the cushion stars apparently are OK, That is another option. East London, swam last there as a kid, many moons ago. So I admit, I'm not to sure about the water temp, but if Durban was 1 inch short last weekend, I doubt seriously if East London is any longer.
     
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    TMI Riaan!!!! :eek:
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Now just imagine how short Cape Town is.:lol::lol:

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    Maanhaar kort :tt2:
     
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    :lol::lol:
     
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    Generally, if the snail opening is round, then its a vegetarian, If its long and narrow, then its a predator. But this is not a golden rule that applies to all. Example Strombos snails are some of the best to get, but their general build is not far from a Cone. But a cone is a predator and some are even poisonous.

    Another example is the Whelks, yes that one that is pictured. Some of them are extremely good scavengers. They are the vultures of your tank. If something dies, they will be on it within a few minutes. You walk in, and immediately assume that they killed the fish. And you kill them. Meantime they are the best thing to have. Imagine having a fish die on you below and behind the rockwork. You do not even see it. They will clear it out for you. Not sure if all the whelks can be trusted.

    If you are not sure, rather leave it.

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    Next time I jump into a rockpool, I definitely need a wetsuit.
     
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    Everything I have collected from the rockpools here are doing good... (except maybe the limpet that became CUC food)... Two to three hours of dripping and they are good to go...

    You guys all seriously underestimate how tough things from rockpools are... Their temperature changes DRASTICALLY four times a day... The parameters in such small bodies of water have HUGE swings... Kids run around with them in buckets for hours and they still survive... Think about it... :biggrin:
     
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    yip i agree with the above...
     
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    thanks for all the input... ok well the main reason for mestarting this thread was because mine died and they were those round ones from the rock pools? i "caught" a crap load of them. eventually they all perished. God knows what they did to my tank, when i took them out they stank. was there anything that i could of done wrong? they died like months later from when they were put in... could it be the fact that i didnt acclimtise tem at all? i just gooi-ed them in. lol
     
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    Could be but usually if that's the case they die straight away... Inverts need to be acclimatized much longer than fish... I drip mine for about three hours... Also, how old is your tank? Does it have enough food for them?
     
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    tanks prob over a year...i think there waaaay too much food for them. lol
     
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