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I mean, they all eat algae, so aside from variety and perhaps tank size, is there any reason to pick one species over another? 

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I really like Cerith snails over everything else.  Sandbed cleaning plus on rocks...

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The main difference is if they are bipedal or not. Bipedal snails (turbo snails, mexican snails) can right themselves automatically if they get flipped over. Some snails prefer certain types of algae over others but for the most part they all eat the same stuff.

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Trochus Snails are the best for me. I’ve only got three of them in a 20g and their doing an amazing job + they can right themselves.

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They don't all eat algae and some eat different types of algae. It's best to get a variety so all the different types are covered.

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Exactly, different snails eat different things and cover different areas of your tank. Also, some tend to be heartier than others. I've always recommended nassarius because they clean up left over food and stuff that gets to the sandbed. Torches are good all around cleaners and will cover all areas of your tank. Tiger sand conchs do a great job of eating algae, but tend to stay towards the bottom, although mine does a fair amount of rock climbing. Cerith snails also have a good reputation and if you get the chance to get a money cowrie, those are great cleaners too!

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I'm partial to turbos because they're good grazing snails.  I like the pretty design they make in the algal patina on my glass :lol:.  Some will complain that they get big and knock things over, but I've never had that problem.  Healthy ones will live forever.  But as others suggested, get a variety.  

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Turbos die quick for me.  Can never keep them for more than a couple of months.

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get the biggest variety, never just get 1 type of snail.   

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