Friday, February 29, 2008

Cerith Eggs

These snails lay their eggs on rocks and glass in the same zig-zag pattern that they clean with. Most don't survive but you might get lucky and have one or two live. Otherwise, they'll make good food for fish and corals. The Cerith snail is a small scavenger with an elongated spiral shell that is usually black with tiny white dots covering the entire shell. One of the most ideal scavengers, detritus eaters, and algae eaters these snails are perfect for the reef aquarium, quickly devouring detritus, uneaten food, decaying organics, fish waste, and several types of nuisance algae. Cerith Snails will often bury themselves in the sand, which will help maintain adequate oxygen levels in the substrate.


jeffry r. johnston said...

Cool pix! I have a few of those snails and I've never seen an egg trail like that. Thanks for sharing!

Robert Ordway said...

Thank you Jeffry, pretty artsy work those snails can do.

Keep up the great work over at the Marine Depot blog.