Vermetid Snails

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by 99sf, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. 99sf

    99sf Guest

    Two vermetid snails have taken up residence on the upper part of my maxima clam's shell. What is the best way to terminate these snails without harming the clam? I found an interesting article about these invertebrates by Dr. Shimek:
    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-01/rs/index.php
    According to Dr. Shimek, the prevalance of vermetid snails in my nano tank must be an example of a small, but highly successful, component of reef biodiversity.
     
  2. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I use fragging shears to smash them, after that my fish go nuts eating the flesh :)
     
  3. Tamazula

    Tamazula Guest

    Smashing them works best. Whatever is hard enough , just don't assume that you've got them if you knock off the tube portion of their shell... they already retracted into the coiled section when they saw you coming.
     
  4. 177ike

    177ike Guest

    These vermetid snails enteredy my tank on my maxima clam. I transferred the clam from my old biocube into my 90 gallon. I thought they were harmless tube worms and good for my tank. They have now taken over my tank. They grow onto SPS, etc where the SPS flesh will actually grow over them. My corals aren't really bothered by them, but I wish they never entered my system.. They just look ugly to me.

    My advice would be to destroy them before they start to rapidly multiply.
     
  5. anathema

    anathema Supporting Member

    I like them, the more detrivores the better IMO. :)

    Ow! My finger!
     
  6. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    The only sucky thing about them is when they are growing under a rock as you are pulling the rock out. I've cut my fingers on these lil annoying devils
     
  7. Tamazula

    Tamazula Guest

    I believe I read that arrow crabs will eat them but YMMV.
     
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    They will irratate corals and clams to the point of death is allowed to. Their mucus web can get massive.
     
  9. h20player101

    h20player101 Guest

    +1

    I had 1 on a rock of zoas, after watching half never open because of the mucus web, the pliers got him & now they open.
     
  10. 99sf

    99sf Guest

    Pliers...great idea. I will try needle-nose pliers on the two vermetid snails that have taken up residence on my clam's shell.
     
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I use dental tools and stick it into the body and twist. Easy and it really opens them up for the wrasses to get into there :D
     
  12. 99sf

    99sf Guest

    Some of my more established vermetid snails have developed a cool spiral shell. I do know a dentist who might give me an old tool. Which one do you use to open the shell? Too bad my tank is too small for wrasses.
     
  13. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I use one of the curve tip ones that is thicker. I push the tip in until it stops, then twist. sometimes I have to do it twice. Sometimes the entire shell lifts off.
     
  14. 177ike

    177ike Guest

    I have a Melenarus wrasse that won't touch them without opening the snails up myself. I also have a large emerald crab that doesn't touch them either. I use long metal tweezers to pick them off. However, now that my SPS have some size to them, it becomes difficult to maneuver under the colonies to get at the Vermetids without breaking pieces off..
     
  15. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I don't know of many wrasses that we keep that would do it on its own. Everyone here has stated they open them up before fish eat them ;)

    A Napoleon wrasse would do wonders on them, but they tend to get larger then most members tanks total volume :lol:
     
  16. 177ike

    177ike Guest

    Right, Napoleon is not an option..

    Is there any way to get rid of them completely aside from tearing my tank apart and starting all over again? (not that that is going to happen). They seem to love the shadey caves, which are the hardest parts to get at..
     
  17. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Nope, none that I am aware of. What would kill them off would kill a lot of other stuff off. Maybe Lesly Harris has an idea on this, I'll poke her to join in this thread :)
     

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