Cerith Snail

Cerith Snail

The Cerith Snail has a amazing elongated spiral shell that instantly allows us to determine which snail it is. This proactive scavenger has the ability to consume significant amounts of uneaten food, fish waste, and algae. Additionally, this snail will usually be found burrowed under the sand and beneficial process will help aerate the sand and stop any nitrate build ups from forming. 

This snail is best housed within those well established aquariums since their diet evolves solely around food and algae on the live rock and sand to graze upon. Additionally similar to all invertebrates it would not be in a aquarium with elevated copper levels or copper treatment should not be used on a tank containing this snail. Furthermore, it is important to now house this snail with more predatory fish such as puffers and triggers as they may see the snail as food. 

It is also a wise idea to dose your aquarium with calcium in order to allow this snail to maintain a healthy and protected shell. Additionally, when adding this snail to your aquarium it is vital to slowly acclimate them as they can be very susceptible to sudden changes in water parameters and conditions. 

This snail will most likely be content with eating the algae in your aquarium, but if there is an insufficient amount present then it is important to feed them. They can be fed with a variety of food sources, such as algae pellets.

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 1½"
Colour Form: Black, Green, White
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Caribbean, Mexico
Family: Cerithiidae

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe

  1. A well balanced snail that helps sift sand, remove excess detritus and consumes algae. I pair these with Astraea and Nessarius snails as a large part of my cleanup crew.

  2. I ordered several of these fellows and the very first day they were busy cleaning the tank and eating algae. They’re very lively and hardworking!

  3. I think Cerith snails are awesome, and they do agitate the sand bed, but not nearly as well as Nassarius snails (or sand sifting sta Cerith snails (Cerithium sp.) aggressively target nuisance algae and do often “sleep” in the sand.

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