Anyone been able to get Cerith Snail eggs to maturity?

Discussion in 'Propagation' started by Vincerama2, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    I occasionally get the cerith snail squiggles on my tank wall...then they get eaten or something. Has anyone had certih snails survive in their tank?

    I'm pretty sure they have a planktonic stage during which time they are heartily consumed by EVERYTHING. Has anyone been able to remove them from the tank and feed them phytoplankton or something?

    Just wondering (this is a result of a thread in the main reef talk forum)...

  2. teachermark

    teachermark Guest

    I actually have a ton of tiny white ceriths in my tank right now. They are from the first snail group buy. Apparently some of them survived being eaten and now they are many. They go on the glass at night and hide in the live rock as soon as the lights come on. I'm interested to see if some make it to adulthood.
  3. racrumrine

    racrumrine Guest

    Gorm has had success with the black ones.

    Best of luck,

  4. bareefers

    bareefers BOD

    I bought about 6 on line in a "cleaner package" 2 years ago. There are probably over 50 in my 29g minireef tank right now. I have given away quite a few to my firends as well, and I'm constantly scraping the eggs off the glass wall. I don't really need anymore. There population tends to very quite a bit with how often I clean the glass. The more algae the more snails I see...
  5. bareefers

    bareefers BOD

    i just got some cerith 'squiggles' in my macro area.. how long does it take for them to hatch? go to maturity?
  6. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    The problem with the squigles is that the ceriths have a planktonic stage, during which they need to eat phytoplankton and themselves become zooplankton! To it's hard to keep them alive. YOu might try putting them in another container and feed it phytoplankton?

  7. Elite

    Elite Guest

    I got 5-6 in my 29G tank and they lay eggs like crazy too. I saw several baby couple days ago. We will see what happen.
  8. teachermark

    teachermark Guest

    My little ceriths are now getting to be 1/4" in size. Last time I posted they were slightly larger than a grain of sand. I have some new generations as well. I guess the phytofeast I feed the tank is helping more than I knew. :)
  9. Natterjak

    Natterjak Guest

    My ceriths lay eggs everywhere - acrylic, my cleaning magnet, on the rocks - but I never see any babies. :( Caught my blonde naso eating some off the front pane of the tank yesterday too! I do dose phyto, but not every day, maybe I should change that. :)
  10. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    I had hundreds of babies before my tank move. I thought they were one of those clam killing snails... but they turned out to be ceriths. I started with 6 ceriths, a few died and scarlet hermits took over, but now I have about 12. pretty cool, didn't do anything special. Most are still small'ish.
  11. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord


    But I think if you change tanks, then the conditions change and you might not be so lucky after a move!

  12. Elite

    Elite Guest

    We are not doing something right. There is a dude on RC selling them almost every 3-4 weeks. He said that they grow fast for him ;D ..
  13. Natterjak

    Natterjak Guest

    I hardly ever see the egg squiggles anymore. :( My naso has taken a real liking to them!

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