Needle snail - Cerithium sp
  • feeds smear algae
  • cleans the substrate
  • attractive appearance
  • suitable for beginners
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Needle snail - Cerithium sp
With its elongated shell, the needle snail is an industrious cleaning specialist that rummages through and aerates the substrate, eating away some types of algae at the same time. On their great shell you can find in places small nodules and grooves that resemble coronets. Their shells are especially popular with hermit crabs. - Garnelio

Needle sn ails belong to the shell snails and are peaceful sea water dwellers, which are especially popular due to their appetite for pests. They originate from Australia, Indonesia to the Pacific Ocean and in some places even serve as food. Scientifically, these interesting snails are called Cerithum sp. In their care and demands the needle snail is extremely frugal and easy to care for.

The elongated shell of the needle snail can be both grooved and smooth and has a round mouth with a narrow siphocanal. They have a horny shell cover at the base that is attached. This allows them to burrow through the fine sandy substrate, thus contributing to aeration. Presumably, they also ingest sand in the process to better digest eaten algae.

Needlefish feed mainly on fine algae, smear algae, but also on filamentous algae, diatoms and cyanobacteria. Even though they occasionally deposit ice strings on smooth surfaces in the aquarium, active breeding is rather unlikely. That they visit the dry in places, the aquarium should be covered, so that they do not leave it accidentally. Hermit crabs in particular are only too happy to inherit their enclosure.

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Scientific name: Cerithum sp. (Linnaeus)
German Name: Needle snail
Difficulty level: for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean
Coloration: elongated shell, in places with grooves and ridges, occasionally smooth.
Age expectancy unknown
Water parameters: Salinity: 35 g/l, density: 1.023, KH 7-9 °dKH, pH 7.7-8.5, calcium: 400-430 mg/l, magnesium: 1,250-1,350 mg/l, temperature 24-28 °C
Tank size: 100 l and up
Food Omnivorous: algae and growth, smear algae, diatoms, filamentous algae, cyanobacteria
Breeding unlikely
Behavior peaceful
Group size 3 and up
CITES n. a.
Red List NE not assessed
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