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Species Spotlight - New Invertebrates

Species Spotlight - New Invertebrates
Quality Marine has recently added a bunch of new invertebrates that are available for customers! Check out these fun facts and make sure they are the best option for your aquarium. Remember invertebrates are sensitive to copper and high nitrates, so use caution when acclimating.

The Chestnut Cowrie is an egg-shaped snail with a mantle that can completely cover its shell. There are teeth around the opening of the shell, which provides protection to the snail from predators. This type of Cowrie is native to the California waters, which means they do best in cooler water (around 72 degrees fahrenheit). Provide an environment with ample hiding places since this snail is nocturnal and will seek coverage during the day. During the night they will scoot around the rocks and glass grazing on algae. Use caution when adding to a reef aquarium because they are mostly herbivores but can nip on soft corals especially if there is not enough algae present.

The Nerite Snail has a very decorative shell and is a great addition to your cleanup crew. The Nerite Snail is ideal because they do not grow very large, are excellent scavengers and do not knock rocks or coral over. These little guys are known for eating a wide variety of stuff including film algae and cyanobacteria. Because they arent going to eat corals and other inverts, the Nerite Snail would be a great addition to the reef aquarium. This is a very durable snail, but like most snails, they dont have a very long lifespan, so expect to replace them a couple times a year. If you have large triggers, wrasses or puffers in your aquarium, you will need to replace them more often. Once they clean up the tank, their diet can be supplemented with dried algae.

Every aquarium needs snails, so why not the Chestnut Turbo Snail? They are a very important component when creating a balanced reef aquarium. The Chestnut Turbos job is to eat the hair algae, among snails, there arent many that compare to their ability. Chestnut Turbos will do better in aquariums that offer significant rockwork, as this provides the largest amount of room to graze. One snail for every 5 gallons of tank water, is usually ok unless the tank is very lightly stocked, then prescribing fewer of them is a good idea. No special feeding is needed, as typical reef aquarium nutrient loads and illumination will promote the growth of necessary algae for their ongoing nutritional requirements.

The Sandsifting Periscope Olive Snail is a little guy with a big appetite for detritus. Add a group of them to the aquarium and watch for their periscope poking out of the sand while they eat fish waste, detritus and uneaten foods. Do not be too concerned if you do not see this snail all the time because they like to burrow into the sand in search of food. When they burrow into the sand it has the added benefit of turning and aerating the substrate. Since they are known to nibble on other invertebrates, this snail is not considered reef safe. They prefer an established aquarium with live rock and a deep sand bed. Be sure to feed them chunks of frozen meaty foods to help avoid exhausting the sandbed of food, leading to starvation of the snails. Their shell has a striking resemblance to the highly venomous Cone Snail but do not worry because the Olive Snail is not dangerous to the fish or their aquarists.