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Cerith snails are small reef-safe snails known for their hardiness and ease of care. Cerithium species originate from the Caribbean Sea, the sea of Cortez and other waters near and around the United States. Cerith snails have pointy shells and are usually dark to black or tan in color. They are known to be very long lived.
Cerith snails are among the hardiest of all animals commonly kept in marine aquariums and are, once established in the tank, very easy to care for. Like all molluscs these snails should be acclimatized slowly through drip acclimatization when moved to a new tank. Allow at least 2 hours for acclimatization. They do best in aquariums with a lot of live rock and a deep sand bed.
Cerith snails are ideal for reef aquariums as they will not harm the residents or disturb the landscaping. They do a lot of good in reef setups as they are scavengers that will eat any uneaten food, fish waste, and detritus as well as algae. Cerith snails eat film algae. Their preferred food source is algae and if there are enough algae in the aquarium they will eat exclusively algae. If the aquarium has little algae the snails need to be fed supplement food, such as dried sea weed rapped around a rock or otherwise fixated on the bottom of the tank. They are best fed at night as they are primarily active during the night even if they can be out and about in the daytime as well. They will burrow through the sand in search of food and a safe place to sleep; thereby making sure no oxygen depleted areas are created in the bottom substrate. They are among the only snails that will eat algae growing on the glass beneath the sand bed
Notes: The shell of this animal is constantly growing. The fleshy mantle deposits the calcium based construction material on a continual basis. Maintaining proper calcium levels of 350 to 450 ppm will assist the growth of this animal. If algae becomes unavailable in the aquarium, supplement this animals diet with dried seaweed.
These snails are are about 1/4" - 1/2" in size