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Prickly Cerith

Species Availability:   No stock
$3.00
Resides : Sand, rocks and glass
Consumes : Film Algae, Diatoms, Hair Algae, Detritus, and some species of Cyanobacteria
Max Size : 2" or 48mm
Origin : East Africa
Availability: Irregular
Warnings : May exhibit dormancy when introduced to the aquarium

Prickly Cerith (Cerithium echinatum) snails grow to a stocky 2''. These snails will consume diatoms, detritus, cyano and algae in the substrate mostly, but will also clean glass and rocks. This deeper water species is about twice the length and four times the mass of the common Stocky, Cortez, and Florida Ceriths. In bare bottom aquariums they will spend most of their time on the rocks, or on the bottom glass. This species is most active at night.

They take time to "come out of their shells" and move about after placing them in your tank. Please give them at least 72 hours to start moving about. It is abnormal for them to move around right away. Additionally, when the snail is pulled into its shell, the operculum can pull back around the corner of the circular opening. The shells are not empty, that is just how this species is.

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