Help! Sundial Snail Infestation

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  1. NormanB

    NormanB Bangaii Cardinal

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    I recently removed a sundial from my zoos that was half the size of a dime. I thought that was the only one. I was wrong! Tonight about an hour after the lights went out I took a flashlight for a look see and much to my horror I discovered dozens of sundials all over my tank!!

    What can I do? Do they eat other corals besides zoos? Does anything eat them? Any way to get rid of them?

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  2. JLouv

    JLouv Harlequin Tusk

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    All the corals in your tank are at risk. However they'll eat the zoanthids first as they tend to favor those.

    Two ways I know to get rid of them....

    #1. Roll up your sleeves and pick them out one by one...

    #2. Remove anything from the tank that they could possibly eat and starve them out.

    OK make that 3 :twisted:

    #3 Add a large mantis shrimp to your tank


    Good luck and once this issue is resolved, I'd seriously ponder where they came from.

    To close this post on an upbeat tempo....there is a nerite snail that closely resembles the "sundial" snail..... check out the following link and do some research:

    http://www.saltcorner.com/sections/zoo/1024frameset.htm
    Welcome to Saltcorner.
     
  3. NormanB

    NormanB Bangaii Cardinal

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    JLouv do you have a pic or a link to a pic of the nerite snail you mentioned? Also, most people talk about the pointed cover of the sundial if the opercelum sp? is not pointed is that a sure sign that it isn't a sundial?

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  4. JLouv

    JLouv Harlequin Tusk

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    The pics are in the link I provided you in the post above.

    • click on the link
      select mollusks/clams/snails
      scroll down to nerite
      click on the "checkered nerite" link

    And the *real* names of the snails in question are "nerita tesselata" for the checkered nerite and "heliacus areola" is the name of the sundial.
     
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    goodblasson Neon Goby

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    I was at the LFS last week and saw a sundial snail. After close examination I realized it was a blue legged hermit crab who took up residence in the shell. So I bought him.
     
  6. typo

    typo CrossHatch Trigger

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    fresh water dip all your zoo colonies. the wonderful thing about sundials is they usually dont travel far from their food.
     

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