Tonga Nassarius Snails - Nassarius species - Pacific Nassarius Snail
Tonga Nassarius Snails - Nassarius species Taxonomy:
Tonga Nassarius Snails belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda, Family Nassariidae and Genus Nassarius. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Tonga Nassarius Snails is Nassarius species. Other common names:
Tonga Nassarius Snails is also commonly known as Pacific Nassarius Snail. Origin or natural range:
The Nassarius species originates from Tonga. Size:
Tonga Nassarius Snails may grow up to a size of around one inch. Color:
The Nassarius species occur in Cream or White color. Aggression:
Tonga Nassarius Snails are non-aggressive towards the marine aquarium members. Compatibility:
The Nassarius species are reef compatible. Venom status:
Tonga Nassarius Snails are non-poisonous in nature. Habit & Habitat:
- The Nassarius species are generally found along the coastal areas in their natural habitat.
- When relaxing, Tonga Nassarius Snails bury themselves in sand with only their siphon out.
- The Nassarius species have quite well developed olfactory sense. As soon as they can smell food, Tonga Nassarius Snails rush towards it in groups.
The Nassarius species are hardy. Morphology:
- The body of Tonga Nassarius Snails is Brown or Cream in color with their foot being spotted in Brown or Black.
- The shell of Tonga Nassarius Snails is oval and spiral in shape.
- The siphon of The Nassarius species is tubular and protrudes out of the shellÍs ending edge.
- Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
Your marine aquarium must meet the following environmental specifications to successfully nurture Tonga Nassarius Snails in it:
Aquarium habit & habitat:
- Tank type: To host Tonga Nassarius Snails, you should have a reef type marine aquarium.
- Aquarium set-up: Keep ample corals, Live Rocks and a thick layer of sand at the bottom of your marine aquarium.
- 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 Tonga Nassarius Snails to your marine aquarium environment using the Slow Drip Method. The slow acclimation process may take a minimum time period of two hours.
Feeding & Nutrition:
- Diet: The Nassarius species are Carnivorous and Scavengers in feeding habit.
- Food content: Tonga Nassarius Snails eat the meaty bits of Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, fish and Scallop and Scavenge on detritus and fish waste.
- If there is not ample food in your marine aquarium for the Nassarius species, you may supplement their diet with the meaty bits of fish and sea food.
- Add Calcium to the tank water as dietary supplement for the shell growth of Tonga Nassarius Snails.
Breeding: The Nassarius species do not readily breed in captivity.
- Owing to its Scavenging nature, Tonga Nassarius Snails eat perishable organic matter in your marine aquarium thereby, preventing your tank water from being contaminated.
- The Nassarius species sift through sand in the search of food, thereby aerating the substrate.
- The ploughing of sand in your marine aquarium by Tonga Nassarius Snails also helps curb the growth of Red Slime Algae, called Cyanobacteria, on the sand.
- Tonga Nassarius Snails are easy to maintain.
- Sudden fluctuations in the pH and the temperature of your marine aquarium may give pH shock and temperature shock, respectively, to the Nassarius species therein.
- Nitrates and Copper in any form in your marine aquarium may prove lethal for Tonga Nassarius Snails.
- AquaristÍs level:
The Nassarius species can be handled and maintained by all the levels of aquarists, right from beginners to experts.