Nassarius Snail - Nassarius species Taxonomy:
Nassarius Snail belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda, Family Nassariidae and Genus Nassarius. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Nassarius Snail is Nassarius species. Origin or natural range:
The Nassarius species originates from the Caribbean Sea, the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Eastern Pacific Ocean including Baja California. Size:
Nassarius Snail may grow up to a size of 0.50 inches. Color:
The Nassarius species occurs in cream, grey, tan and white colors. Aggression:
Nassarius Snail is non-aggressive towards the marine aquarium members. Compatibility:
The Nassarius species is reef compatible. Venom status:
Nassarius Snail is non-poisonous in nature. Habit & Habitat:
- The Nassarius species is generally found near the coasts, relaxing in its burrow in sand or substrate.
- As soon as Nassarius Snails realize that the food is available in their vicinity, the groups of snails rush towards their meal.
- The Nassarius species has an oval shaped shell which is spiraled in design.
- The shape of the siphon of Nassarius Snail resembles to that of a tube or a trunk. The siphon extends out from the base of shell to search for food.
- The mantle of the Nassarius species continuously secretes shell to increase its size in order to keep up with the body growth. The shell provides protection to the snailÍs soft body from its predators.
- The pedal flap of Nassarius Snail comes out from the base of shell and helps move the animal along with its exoskeleton.
- The shell of the Nassarius species has an opening in which the animal withdraws itself completely when disturbed. The opening has a covering called operculum which shuts as soon as the snail goes inside the shell.
- Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium: Aquarium habit & habitat:
- Tank type: To host Nassarius Snail, you should have an established reef type marine aquarium.
- Aquarium set-up: Your marine aquarium should have corals, Live Rocks and a thick layer of sand for the Nassarius species to burrow in.
- Temperature of water: Seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity of water: 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH of water: 8.10 to 8.40.
- Acclimation: Slowly acclimate Nassarius Snail to your marine aquarium environment using the Slow Drip Method. The slow acclimation process of the Nassarius species requires a time period of minimum two hours.
- Aquarium activity:
- Nassarius Snail is generally found relaxing in its sand burrow with only its siphons being visible.
- The Nassarius species has sharp olfactory sense and can smell food and act upon it as soon as its meal is available in the aquarium.
- Nassarius Snail does not disturb corals and therefore, you can safely keep the snail with corals.
- If turned upside down, the Nassarius species can turn itself downside down without needing any external assistance. Feeding & Nutrition:
- Diet: Nassarius Snail is a Scavenger in feeding habit.
- Food content: The Nassarius species eats meaty bits, detritus and fish waste.
- Supplements: In the case of insufficient food in your marine aquarium, you can supplement the diet of Nassarius Snail with the meaty bits of Brine Shrimp, Misys Shrimp, Fish and Scallop. Breeding: The Nassarius species does not generally breed in captivity. Benefits:
- Nassarius Snail is a Scavenger and keeps your marine aquarium clear of any perishable organic waste matter.
- To relax itself, the Nassarius species burrows in sand or substrate, thereby aerating it well in the process.
- The Nassarius species is easy to maintain.
- Sudden fluctuations in the temperature and the pH of your marine aquariumÍs water may give temperature shock or pH shock, respectively, to Nassarius Snail therein.
- Nitrates and Copper in any form in your marine aquarium may prove lethal for the Nassarius species in it. As Fish Only Marine Aquariums have higher Nitrates level than the Reef Type Marine Aquarium, avoid keeping Nassarius Snail into Fish Only Aquarium.