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Old 01/11/2008, 11:38 AM   #1
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Can I have snails?

OK, after a year or two of just having some fish swimming around in the tank, im getting the 180 back up to its potential. My questions is, can I put snails in my tank with the current selection? or am i asking for trouble? I have a:

Large Sattleback Grouper
Black Spotted Grouper
Red Volitan
pink tail trigger
black rimmed morray eel

I know how important snails are, but i dont want to be asking for trouble/throwing money away if i dont need to. any input would be great.

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Old 01/11/2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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I think you may be okay. My grouper never went after snails, and I've never had a lionfish that recognized them as food. The trigger might mess with them, but pink tails are pretty mellow compared to others.

I'm not sure what species a black rimmed moray is, but if it is a piscivore (not a pebble toothed eel such as snowflake eels and relatives) it probably will leave them alone.

I'd try a few you get locally that aren't too expensive to test. sometimes LFS stock olive nerites in FW tanks - these are really brackish water snails that can be acclimated to full salt. They aren't too expensive. (I feed them to my mantis shrimp.)

Keeping saltwater tanks since the late '70s

Current Tank Info: tankless at the moment
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Old 01/11/2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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thank you for your advice - - i guess there's one way to find out

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Old 01/12/2008, 06:49 AM   #4
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snails are cheap........go for it

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Old 01/12/2008, 07:16 PM   #5
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If I can have a big turbo snail with a big clown trig, tusk, and foot long coris, you can too!

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