Nassarius snails not coming up for food?

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I only just noticed today that when I fed my fish the nassrius snails did not appear from the sand - it may be that they haven't for a few days - but only really occurred to me today.  I have at least 15/20 in there.  They used to smell the food as soon as it touched the tank and come out of the sand.  Just poked the sand as thought they were all dead but they are still there.  Recently added quite a few pods and have been mixing the food between pellets and frozen - have they just got enough food in the sand not to bother to come up at feeding time ????

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Quite possibly Debbie.
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Reply #2

Thats funny as my two have done the same for two days , I managed to coax one out an hour ago by dropping a pellet right beside it's wee antenna sniffer , it came out for a few minutes and went back into the sand , no sign of the other one tho ...

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Reply #3

I thought I must have killed them all but sifted a patch of sand and found 2 in one patch very much alive - not sure if it is a sign of the tank maturing / over feeding / having a lazy Sunday!  lol

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Overfeeding...your gonna give yer inverts type 2 diabetes  lol lol lol
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Reply #5

Think it's due to the pellets as they sink pretty quick - will have a look for some different ones


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Reply #6

My pellets are quick sinking as well , but only use a couple of times a week , the rest of the time I have been feeding frozen cubes , mysis and fine chopped mussel , 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening of which very little if any appears to find the bottom as I feed it gradually over a few minutes .

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Reply #7

I find mine pop up quicker or slower depending on the type of food.  Try the food you were using, prior to you mixing it up, and I bet they pop straight up.  That's not to say you shouldn't mix it up, you definitely should  :glad:
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Sometimes I dont see mine for a week or so, then they pop up. Strawberry conch has gone a couple of months before then shows up again.
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Interesting point on Conches Steve. My fighting conches would bury themselves for weeks sometimes.
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Reply #10

Didn't know what conchs were so just looked them up and definitely an addition I could do with for my sand bed - are they ok with the Nassarius snails?

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Yes fine its why I have them,beware getting realy big ones they climb up everywhere and knock things over.
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Reply #12

Chop up a prawn defrosted and pop that in on a weight and see what happens. I do that for mine occasionally and you should see the fight that ensues.
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