The Nassarius Snail acts as a brilliant cleanup crew and makes a terrific addition to any reef tank. They feed on detritus, and eat away the uneaten foods, fish waste, and any dead organisms. The Nassarius Snail love to stay submerged under sand bed and are not seen much over the surface. They are basically small, around « to ? of an inch, but with a big appetite. As the Nassarius Snail spends most of the time buried under sand substrate, it is recommended to keep them with well versed aquarium with live rocks and enough sand substrates. They are completely reef safe and peace loving, and thus don?t harm any other inhabitants. Lower amount of nitrate is advisable as the Nassarius Snail cannot tolerate high nitrate levels. They can typically find enough food in the sand beds but if not then they can be provided with frozen meaty foods, such as brine or Mysis shrimp or pieces of fish or scallops.
The Nassarius Snail resembles an olive pit, and likes to burrow in the sand with the help of its long, tube like Siphon protruding from the substrate. With its searching property, it helps prevent compaction and aerates aquarium substrates. Not only this, the Nassarius Snail also helps in maintaining adequate oxygen levels in the substrate as they sift through the sand. They are very sensitive to copper based medications and high nitrate levels, so it is recommended to keep these organisms in water having less concentrations of these chemicals. The Nassarius Snail?s pedal flap helps the snail to move along with the exoskeleton. The shell protects the snail from predators and it secretes shell to increases its size in order to keep up with the body growth.
The Nassarius Snail is a wonderful reef tank scavenger. These snails have a trunk-like tube they extend from their curved shells in order to hunt down food. The Nassarius will often times bury itself into the sand bed and wait until it senses food in its vicinity. They are good at keeping the top layer of the sand bed stirred up without damaging microfauna. They are great at removing detritus, uneaten food, and waste from the bottom of aquariums.Snails belong to a Class known as Gastropods, which make up the largest class of Mollusks. Snails grow by increasing their swirling body while producing a protective shell. This shell protects their soft body from predators. They will use a pad, or foot, that extends from their shell which allows them to drag their shell along. As they drag their shell often times their mouth and eyes can be seen coming out from the opening of the shell. When frightened or sleeping this opening can be protected by an operculum, which is a hard protective cover that acts like a door to the shell. Snail identification is based on the color, shape, and pattern of their shell.