Nassarius Snail (Nassarius sp.)
Max Size: 1/2 inch
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
The Nassarius Snail, though small in size, possesses a voracious appetite. This diligent creature effortlessly glides through your aquarium, diligently scavenging for food. With its efficiency in consuming detritus and acting as a detritus eater, the Nassarius Snail makes for an ideal addition to your reef aquarium's cleanup crew. You'll be amazed at how quickly a small group of Nassarius Snails can eliminate detritus, leftover food, decaying matter, and fish waste.
Sporting an oval, spiral shell resembling an olive pit, the Nassarius Snail is a compact scavenger. It takes pleasure in burrowing into the sand, often leaving its elongated, tube-like siphon protruding from the substrate. As it searches for sustenance, the Nassarius Snail aids in preventing substrate compaction and promotes the aeration of the aquarium bed.
To provide an optimal environment for the Nassarius Snail, it is preferable to have an established aquarium equipped with live rock and a deep sand bed. These snails are sensitive to high nitrate levels and copper-based medications, so maintaining appropriate water conditions is crucial. Additionally, it is worth noting that breeding the Nassarius Snail in captivity is an exceedingly challenging task.