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Beware of the Whelk

Post by BigBlue on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 8:12 pm

I noticed lately that my snails were slowly disappearing but always thought it was probably the crabs looking for shells. Recently, I installed led moonlights on the aquarium so I could still enjoy my aquarium late at night. The first night after the installation, I found some unusual critters scurrying around the tank. To my surprise, there were a few unusual looking snails that seemed to like the other snails an awful lot. After further research, I found out that they where Whelks! Yikes - 5 of them in my tank! They just love to eat other snails! They were not just being friendly with the other snails. That was their dinner!

Some facts:
* Whelks are often misidentified as Nassarius Snails and shipped as Nassarius Snails.
* Whelks, with the exception of one group - the Nassariids, should not be welcomed in reef aquariums.
* If you have ever purchased Nassarius snails, get out your flashlight and take a look at night. They
only come out at night to feed on your other snails that you have been paying good money for.
* Whelks do not stay in the sand bed like a Nassarius.
* Whelks love CLAMS so be extremely careful when buying Nassarius Snails.


References:
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-11/rs/index.php
http://www.melevsreef.com/id/whats_a_whelk.html

Here is one getting ready for dinner.....

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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by JoseH on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 10:22 pm

Thanks for the heads up.
Ill be careful when Im buying nassarius snails from now on
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Post by Daniel1381 on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 1:55 am

billy is that a pic from your tank??
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by BigBlue on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 2:21 am

No. I found that pic on another forum. Somebody caught one of those little buggers in the act. They actually have some nasty teeth on the end of that little snout.
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Post by Daniel1381 on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 2:22 am

amazing!!
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by JoseH on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 2:24 am

BigBlue wrote:No. I found that pic on another forum. Somebody caught one of those little buggers in the act. They actually have some nasty teeth on the end of that little snout.

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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by ritter678 on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 1:02 pm

I collected a bunch of huge whelks for mantis food in Galveston. They were actually eating each other in the holding tank. I was giving the bigger ones large chunks of table shrimp and they where swallowing them whole. Pretty crazy to watch. I posted a thread on RC asking exactly what they were and someone said they were not whelks but Florida Rock Snails, still looked like whelks to me and were carnivores just the same.
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Win on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 1:34 pm

if any of you should happen to run across a rogue whelk... i have two pufferfish that would love to remedy that situation for you.
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Post by ritter678 on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 1:47 pm

Win wrote:if any of you should happen to run across a rogue whelk... i have two pufferfish that would love to remedy that situation for you.

I wish I would have know puffers eat them. My mantis didn't much care for the larger ones so I took the rest to Wet Pets. Here's what my peacock thinks about whelks,
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Daniel1381 on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 12:08 pm

found a big one this am trying to attack my new clam
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by BigBlue on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:08 pm

Get out the pitch forks!!!
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Daniel1381 on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:11 pm

He's going in a boiling pot of water when I get home
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Win on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 2:59 pm

lol dan waits to deal with problems... id have been late for work for sure today LOL
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Yuma on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 3:00 pm

Escargo anyone?

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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Daniel1381 on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 3:07 pm

lol i put him in the sump to give him time to think about his actions...at 3:00 the punishment begins!!! no i wont be eating him.. i just want his shell so i can place it back in the tank to let the other whelks know not to mess with my clams!!! jk my wife does her office in shells so it will be placed on her desk!!
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Post by Yuma on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 3:08 pm

Nice....time out for livestock...too funny. Laughing

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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by BigBlue on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 3:57 pm

"Time Out"

Execution at 3:00pm! Call the priest! Any last words snail?

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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Win on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 4:23 pm

steam him and i bet it would make some nice food for your critters Wink i know tho9se blue legs would appreciate it.
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Post by Daniel1381 on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 4:34 pm

no last meals for this guy!! will post pics wonder if i should take a video
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Post by Yuma on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 6:21 pm

Careful Dan, you're gonna end up on the same video as Walmart keeping the GSP in the freshwater tanks for animal cruelty. lol

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Post by Daniel1381 on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 10:51 pm

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Post by BigBlue on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 11:04 pm

Did ya eat it? I hear they are good with hot sauce!
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Post by Daniel1381 on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 11:32 pm

Saved it for u
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Re: Beware of the Whelk

Post by Grimreefer on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 11:39 pm

I agree with Win, I would have been late for work.

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