Cerithium Caeruleum (Black Sand Snail): Why this cleaner is a must have in your marine tank!

Known for their ease of care, Cerith snails are among the hardiest of animals in the marine aquarium trade and are easily established in the tank. They can be identified from their pointy shells and are usually dark to black or tan in color. The size of the species commonly available in the aquarium trade varies from less than an inch (<2.5 cm) to close to two inches (<5 cm). They are known to be very long lived. Like all molluscs these snails should be acclimatized slowly through drip acclimatization when moved to a new tank. Allow at least 2 hours for acclimatization. Although being hardy, Cerith snails are intolerant to copper and high nitrate levels (over 20). They prefer a specific gravity of 1.023 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4 and a temperature of 72-78° F / 22-25° C. They do best in aquariums with a lot of live rock and a deep sand bed. Cerith snails will do a lot of good for your reef setup seeing as they scavenge and will eat any uneaten food, fish waste, and detritus as we...
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Do clown fish really need Sea anemones? (Symbiotic analysis)

Sea-anemone-clownfish Introduction The amazing thing about the ecosystem is the interdependence between species and their adaptations to the surrounding nature. It is a clear perspective of life. Symbiosis can be easily defined as a relationship of mutual benefit. In ecology however, it is used to define a state of close and prolonged association between two or more organisms of different species that normally benefits both members. This definition drives me to my next point. Classification of symbiotic relationships There are three major classifications of symbiosis: Mutualism- Occurs when both species benefit from the interaction. Commensalism- Occurs when only one species benefits and the other do not gain or lose anything. Parasitism- Takes place when only one species nourishes itself to the disadvantage of the other. In respect to the above definitions, the symbiotic relationship between the sea anemone and the clown fish (Pomacentridae allardi) can therefore be classified under ...
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Why you need a cleaner crew in your aquarium fish tank

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Most people take pride in crispy clean aquarium fish tanks and will go to great lengths to keep their aquariums clean. There are simpler ways to clean your aquarium and it involves adding some cleaner(s) crew into your tank. This will improve your tank in the following ways; Ornamental The beauty of an aquarium is first of all its appeal. Some of the marine species are quite colorful and will vibrant. They add enough life to light up any aquarium. Common cleaners comprise of snails, crabs, shrimps and starfish. They will decorate your saltwater tank and still manage to keep it clean. Parasite control A tank infested by parasites will no doubt lead to various fish diseases which will be costly to treat or even lead to the premature death of your fishes. Algae removal Orange Scissors You do not want to own a saltwater tank blooming with green algae or brown algae. Algae are notorious and fond of growing in areas you cannot reach to clean yourself. But the good thing is there...
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Trochus Snail

Fish for thought continues and today we feature a functional invertebrate that will guarantee a clean tank free from most algae common in saltwater tanks. The biggest challenge faced by most hobbyists is keeping a clean tank, especially free from algae. Most articles have addressed this issue but I seek to make it simpler. You need a “cleaning crew”.

This article will feature the Trochus Snail which goes by a lot of names in the aquarium industry. Some of these are: Turban shell, Turban snail, or top shell.

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The Trochus snail has a reputation of being a good eater and it is preferred by most hobbyists as it feeds in some of the most common algae that are known to invade aquarium tanks. They feed on film algae (both green and brown), diatoms, macro algae and to some extent cyano bacteria.

They do well in aquariums that have sufficient hiding places and enough room to forage. In order to keep them in your tank for a longer period adding live rock into your tank will provide...
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“There is nothing new under the sun”

Someone once told me this to inspire me when I felt all the good things had been discovered and the ocean had no more to offer in to the aquarium business. It was meant to help me look at the “glass half full” as opposed to the “glass half empty” The year was 2008 and my business Kenya marine center was gaining momentum both in sales and experience. I had to offer the market something and my plans for expansion were limited to supply. Truth is I spend a lot of my time learning about ornamental fish, not only selling them but their general welfare; health and adaptations.  So it was not by chance that I introduced the black snails (Cerithium caerueum) into a market that was already flooded with other options. black snails 32
As I think about my company’s milestones, I cannot shelve the thought of my contribution towards improving the ornamental fish industry. The customer satisfaction is what I take pride in as it is comforting to know whenever people think invertebrates, they think o...
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