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    pyramid snails

    well here they are, Just took dozen of them of my clam.
    Other then picking them off, any natural predators?
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    wrasse

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    wich one
    six line
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    red coris wrasse will rip those things apart. will also snack on your hermits, so if you have alot, dont.

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    the good ol' yellow wrasse is an excellant predator of those nasty snails. I've used them on many occaisions to rid a tank of parisitic snails.
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    Well, A few years ago I had those dang snails and I kept a Yellow wrasse to rid them. I ended up having a mixed blessing that rid the tank of them. I had a heatwave problem that killed off half my fish, many corals and all my inverts. Well, along with all the good inverts dyeing, so did these snails because after that episode I never saw one again.
    Now, while many people say the Yellow wrasse eats them, I have always wondered how they manage that. I say this because these snails hide as long as the lights are on and only become active at night. The Yellow wrasse goes to bed once it gets dim and does not hunt at night when these snails are out. So, unless it can find them while they're all hiding, I have always wondered how effective they were in themselves.

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    well last night just after posting I went to BA and got a small
    six line wrasse, hope she'll help a bit.I was told on another board that scooter blenny is good predator for pyramid snails.
    and snails where out during the day.
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    Pyramid snails hide in the sand during the day , but if they have already attached to your clam they will stay put.
    My yellow wrasse is always around my clams it also disturbs the sand around the clams .
    Scooter hunts the sand bed at night he is always on the move also very interesting to watch.
    Sixline does not swim among my clams very often , when it around my clams you can see he is checking them out.
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    well my astreas are covered in pyramids as well, i inspected the clam, found 3 jelly like piles on my clam, cleaned/brushed everything off
    :guns:
    I am looooozing it.
    It's not a hobby,it's an obsession.

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    I think that the predatory fish that eat these snails really like the egg sacks. Once they have finished cleaning up the egg sacks, the snails won't multiply anymore, so you have effectively stopped the cycle at least. I do think that the yellow eats the snails as well.
    Like I said, I've used yellow wrasses on many tanks (mine and customers') and it has worked every time.
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