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Saltwater Snail for Specific Algae Problem - Hair Algae, Macro Algae, Cyano, Diatoms, Green Film Algae, Brown Film Algae, Detritus

Every now and then we see marine snails that dealers are touting as the best snail for eating every kind of algae there is. The true fact is that most every good saltwater snail or crab has a preferred algae or aquarium problem. There's no silver bullet. Saltwater snails in the saltwater aquarium serve a valuable purpose as long as the correct snails are chosen. Purchase the right snails and you will be on the way to eliminating your algae issues.

In the marine tank, snails handle a variety of duties. Snails by nature are scavengers. They feed on detritus such as decaying plant matter, leftover uneaten food, and of most important to marine aquarist's they feed on algae growths. Its important when choosing your snails to remember that just about every saltwater snail has a preferred algae type. This algae type is the snails favorite food. Many will go to eating other things as mentioned above when necessary but their favorite will always be that algae. Why snails over other saltwater algae lovers? Simply put, aquarium snails can eat algae growths off of live corals without damaging the coral itself. Whether your tank is 4 months old or 4 years old, one of the best suggestions we can make is to not go crazy on the numbers of each species of snail you put in. You need enough snails to start servicing your reef tank or saltwater aquarium to keep algaes and detritus blooms under control, but not so many snails that there won't be enough food and often starve to death. Since you never really know how much food does each snail need to thrive in your aquarium we always suggest supplementing their diet. Saltwater snails will feed on tiny pieces of meaty foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, fish, scallop, and there are many available foods that contain what's necessary. Since your snails feed off of the surfaces of the tank such as the substrate, rock, etc. we always recommend small pellet food. Another suggestion we like and use is the dried algae sheets such as sold by To Little Fishes under the name "Sea Veggies" Or go to your local Chinese grocery-store and purchase a package of Nori sheets in packages.

Just because there's algae growing in your aquarium, its natural and part of the normal mini ocean you have created. But just like any ocean as long as its not polluted and your water parameter's are like it should be the algae shouldn't be taking over but still needs to be kept under control. So there's the answer to one of the most frequent questions asked. Do I still need snails and critters if my algae is under control? Yes you do because it won't stay under control without their help. Keeping the algae under control means that algae will grow and algae will become food. Your aquarium will never be clear of algae and it would not be a healthy tank if it were, instead it's in a good balance. Your algae helpers are being fed and are keeping your system in a good balance.


  Tiger Sand Conch

Totally peaceful toward other tank mates.
Great for Cleaning Sand, even Red Slime algae)

Description: The Tiger Sand Conch from Papau New Guinea is a hardy member of the Strombidae family. Also called the fighting conch, despite their name they are peaceful as they come toward other tank mates. They are excellent sand sifters, and are very beneficial in the reef aquarium. As they burrow and dig through the aquarium substrate, they clean and aerate the bottom. Terrific for Cleaning Tanks with that ugly red or brown slime algae often seen. A hardy algae eaters , one of the few that will rid a tank of slime algae, they also love the brown diatoms found on the surface of live sand beds. They will stir and clean upper layers of the sand bed. As they burrow and dig through the aquarium substrate they clean and aerate the bottom. Tiger Sand Conch will do an excellent job of cleaning the live sand in your reef tank, where you don't have to sift it around ever! Tigger Sand Conchs sleep at night, and clean with the lights on. Watch the cleaning with what looks like an anteater snout is very entertaining as they move it everywhere to feed. Conchs always stay on the bottom of the aquarium and never bother other invertebrates or coral.

Tank Recommendations: Conchs are moderately easy to keep as long as they have a live sand bed to live in. Refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and diet: Tiger Sand Conchs are an excellent scavenger. They will eat meaty bits of Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, fish and Scallop and Scavenge on decaying organic matter, detritus, and fish waste. If there is not ample food supply in your marine aquarium, you may supplement their diet with the meaty bits of fish and sea food.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 20 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 2"


Price Each $12.99
Group of 2 $19.99

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Orange Spot Butterscotch Nassarius Snail
Babylonia formosae

Description: These are one of the most beautiful of all the saltwater snails. A member of the Nassarius falmily, the Orange Spotted Butterscotch Nassarius Snail will bury themselves in the sand with only their siphon out. They have quite well developed olfactory sense. As soon as they can smell food, they will rush towards it in groups. An aquarium with a thick layer of sand is recommended. Owing to their scavenging nature, the Orange Spotted Butterscotch Nassarius Snail will eat perishable organic matter, detritus, any uneaten food in your marine aquarium thereby preventing your tank water from being contaminated. The Orange Spotted Butterscotch species will sift through the sand in the search of food, thereby aerating the substrate. The ploughing of sand in your marine aquarium also helps curb the growth of Red Slime Algae, called Cyanobacteria, on the sand.

Tank Recomendations: The Orange Spot Butterscotch Nassarius Snails are moderately easy to keep as long as they have a live sand bed to live in. Refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and diet: Orange Spotted Butterscotch Nassarius Snail is carnivorous and of course are scavengers in feeding habit. They will eat meaty bits of Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, fish and Scallop and Scavenge on detritus and fish waste. If there is not ample food supply in your marine aquarium, you may supplement their diet with the meaty bits of fish and sea food.

Recommended Quantity:1 per 10 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

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Group of 3 $19.99


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 Large Super Tongan Nassarius Snail
Nassarius distortus
Description: A larger species of Nassarius Snail than the nassarius vibex, the Super Tongan Nassarius Snail (Nassarius distortus) is also referred to as the Tongan Nassarius Snail or Pacific Nassarius Snail. The Super Nassarius like its mini cousin (nassarius vibex), is non-aggressive towards all marine aquarium members. It joyfully feeds on decaying organic material, detritus, uneaten food, and waste in the aquarium. When relaxing, Tonga Nassarius Snails bury themselves in the sand bed with only their siphon out. The Nassarius species have quite well developed olfactory sense. On the first scent of food it will surface from the sand and move quite quickly toward its bounty. Roughly 1" in size which is about twice the size of the Nassarius vibex the Tonga Nassarius snails will clean your aquarium substrate, climb your rockwork scavenging left over fish food, decaying matter and other meaty bits and do a great job mixing up and airating the sandbed. Extremely hardy they are fascinating and entertaining little creatures you will get lots of enjoyment out of these critters.

Tank Recomendations: The Super Tongan Nassarius Snail is best for larger aquariums 50 gallons and up. Make sure your tank has a live sand bed. Refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and diet: Super Tongan Nassarius Snails can typically find enough food in most saltwater reef aquariums with a well established sandbed. If you feel there may not be enough food simply supplement their diet with frozen meaty foods, such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, or pieces of fish or scallops.

Recommended Quantity:1 per 5 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4""

Price Each $2.99
Group of 10 $28.99
Group of 20 $55.99

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Tropical Abalone

Description: The Abalone is useful in reef aquariums because it eat tons of algae. An abalone has a single shell that covers its body and has many holes called apertures. The holes help circulate water over their gills. Abalone attach themselves strongly to rocks, using a muscular foot. They feed by trapping algae under their foot and scraping it off with their radula. It is generally nocturnal, finding refuge in holes or crevices in the rocks or coral during the day, and coming out to forage at night, using its foot to glide over the substrate and coral rubble. The foot attaches very firmly, so use extreme caution if attempting to remove it from glass or rocks.

Tank Recommendations: The Abalone has a calcium-based shell which protects it from most predators, but requires the maintenance of proper calcium levels in the water for proper growth. Nitrates should be kept at low levels and it should never be exposed to copper based medications.
Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: No

Food and diet: While its diet is almost exclusively algae, it would benefit from supplementation with dried seaweed, blanched lettuce, spinach, or Spirulina sheets/tablets.

Recommended Quantity:1 per 15 gallons

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2"



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  Bumble Bee Snails

Description: The Bumble bee snail is excellent for getting into the small crevices and tight locations such as in the rock work where other cleaners are just to large to fit. A carnivore, they eat just about everything (but normally won't touch corals), and are an excellent cleanup member for taking care of impossible to get to detritus, including uneaten meaty foods and decomposing organisms. Bumblebee Snails are more carnivorous than many other species and are known to feed on other snails, ornamental feather dusters or the occasional coral polyp if their supply of leftover foods, tiny crustaceans or small worms in the substrate grows too low. The risk is low though compared to the benefits though to anyone with a bristleworm problem or flatworm population. If you are finding many bristleworms or flatworm in your aquarium a handful of Bumblebee Snails will keep the problem under control. Being able to feed on their own food they will leave their tank mates alone. If you find the population of your worm population has gotten very low add tiny meaty foods on the rock work for the Bumble Bees and they will continue to be excellent tank mates. While Bumblebee Snails aren’t quite as proficient sand-sifters as the ever-popular Nassarius Snails, they do sort through the substrate and aquarium rockwork to find their food – the same places that the dreaded worms hide. Quite hardy a stunning snail with a striped black and yellow pattern that resembles the pattern of a bumble bee – hence the name. They originate from the Indo-Pacific region, but can also be found in the waters of Florida. Many of the snails in the trade are collected off the Marshall Islands, a Micronesian nation of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Tank Recommendations: Reef tank must have live sand. The Bumble Bee snail is moderately easy to keep as long as you refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and diet: Bumble Bee Snails will take care of flat worms and Bristle worms in your tank. They also eat meaty foods such as bits of Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, fish and Scallop and Scavenge on detritus and fish waste. If there is not ample food supply in your marine aquarium, you may supplement their diet with the meaty bits of fish and sea food along with algae pellets or algae wafers.

Recommended Quantity:1 per 5 gallons

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility:With Caution , need to be fed and they won't touch corals

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2"


Price Each $3.99
Group of 6 $17.99


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 Banded Trochus Snails
Description: The Trochus snail is also called the top shell snails or turban snails, and are distributed across the Indo-Pacific region from the Indian Ocean to Northern Australia.. They move very slowly but leave nothing behind, eating filamentous algae, slime algae, green algae, diatoms, and cyanbacteria. Add to this the fact that they are able to right themselves if they fall on their backs. Pyramid shaped similar to an Astrea snail, they get about the size of a quarter when full grown. Trochus are particularly adept at grazing on algae that appear in the earlier stages of a system’s cycling and maturation period, namely films produced by diatoms and/or green algae that may blanket the rock work and tank panels. They additionally will (unlike many other snails) consume cyano bacterial sheets. They tend to stay above the sand line when grazing on the aquarium glass; for this reason, they may be very effectively complimented by the presence of cerith snails, which tend to eat film algae on the glass up to the sand line. One to five individual trochus snails are recommended per gallon of system volume, depending upon factors such as degree of algal fouling and desired speed of clean-up. Once these hungry snails have completely decimated the algal films, their diet should be occasionally supplemented with an algae wafer or two dropped in during evening hours. Another great thing about trochus snails is that they are relatively hardy and long-lived. Because it is atropical animal, if acclimated well it is likely to live out its full lifespan in your reef tank. Because of their peaceful manner trochus snails are successfully used by aquarists of all levels of experience. Their low cost and high reliability makes them a great candidate for any clean-up crew. Though they once in a while may knock down a loosely secured objects such as new coral frag, they are far less destructive than similar snails such as turbo snails. Overall, their many good attributes greatly outweigh any minor problem.
Tank Recommendations: Trochus Snails are moderately easy to keep as long as you refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates. Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and diet:If food levels are insufficient in your aquarium, supplement their diet with dried seaweed and algae based pellet food or wafers.

Recommended Quantity:1 per 6 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4"


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Pack of of 6 $17.99


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 Margarita Snails
(Margarites pupillus)

Description: Margarita snails are extremely popular to aquarist's because they will consume large quantities of algae including hair algae. Unlike some saltwater snails Margarita snails are non-venomous therefore they won’t damage delicate corals and other invertebrates. They do quite well in reef environments, and when flipped over they and continue on their way. Features include a smooth turban-like shell with slight iridescence. The shell is a silver-grey color and may have a covering of purple or pink coralline algae. Finally Hermit crabs aren't interested in Margarita shells, so they are safe from predation. Reef-safe, growing only to a maximum size of 1" as an adult they will never outgrow their home.

Tank Recommendations: Keep Margarita Snails with peaceful fish and in a tank with algae growth to graze on. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. Coming from the Pacific Ocean Margarita snails require water temperatures no higher than 78 degrees. Margarita's are moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and diet: Keep in mind that the Margarita Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 6 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

Important Acclimation Notes: Margarita snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.


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   Astrea Snails
(Astraea tecta)
Description: Astraea snails are native to the Caribbean; they are a smaller snail, only reaching about one inch once fully matured. They are 100% reef safe and a good all around saltwater cleaner snail with a great appetite. They favor hair algae, but will also consume green or brown film algae, diatoms, and Cyano. Astreas are good all around snail, a good addition to any tank especially those that suffer from hair algae outbreaks. Keep an eye on your reef aquarium for any upside down Astrea snails and if you find any move them from the sand bed to a place on your rock. If they fall off their glass or live rock into the sand they are not able to right themselves and will eventually die. According to Julian Sprung's Reef Aquarium Manual , Volume One, Astrea snails are the ideal snail to be placed in your aquarium as soon as ammonia and nitrite levels reach acceptable levels (less than 1 ppm). One of the best snails for controlling Diatom's, (light brown/red algae), Green Algae Blooms and Dark Purple/Red Slime algae . Astrea snails are easily identified based on the characteristic sharp conical shell circled by a large ridge. Once acclimated to their new surroundings Astrea snails are quite hardy.

Tank Recommendations: Keep Astrea Snails with peaceful fish and in a tank with algae growth to graze on. Coming from the Caribbean, Astrea snails are excellent for tanks that run on the warm side. Once well acclimated the astrea snail can handle water temperatures up to a maximum of 83 degrees but lower temperatures are definitely recommended. Astrea snails are moderately easy to keep as long as you refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: No

Food and diet: Keep in mind that the Astrea Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 6 gallons

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

Important Acclimation Notes: Astrea snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.


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Group of 10 $9.99

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  Nassarius Snails
(Nassaurius vibex)

The Nassarius vibex is a little clean up critter that does a BIG JOB.
Description: The Nassarius Vibex is a little worker with a big appetite. With a hunger for all the garbage on the bottom of the tank, such as organic waste, leftover food, fish excrement, all are eaten by the small Nassarius vibex snail. Since it's this waste throughout the aquarium that causes Nitrates to rise, having Nassarius vibex snails in your aquarium that eliminate this waste will keep Nitrates lower. The small Nassarius vibex are found in portions of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. If the cleaning capabilities are not enough, other advantages of the Nassarius vibex is the important aeration of the substrate which prevents the sand from compacting and the fact that this constant stirring of the sand puts micro particulates in the water for coral to feed upon. Normally you will not see much of the Nassarius vibex but that will change when you feed your tank. Then the small cleaners will emerge as you feed and will pick up the left over food.

Tank Recommendations: Nassarius vibex snails are moderately easy to keep as long as you keep them in a live sand bed, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Recommended Quantity: 1 or 2 per gallon

Food and diet: Nassarius Vibex Snails can typically find enough food in saltwater reef aquariums. If you feel there may not be enough food simply supplement their diet with frozen meaty foods, such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, or tiny pieces of fish or scallop.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size:1/4" to 3/8"

Important Acclimation Notes: Nassarius snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.

Price Each $1.99
Group of 10 $18.99
Group of 25 $42.99


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Large Cerith Snails

Description: The Cerith Snail is a terrific multipurpose snail. It will feed on many things. The Cerith is one of the snails that's an omnivore so it will eat detritus, uneaten fish food, green or brown film algae, diatoms and cyano. It will bury itself in the sand as it goes looking for food so it is a great sand sifter. Many aquarist's overlook the Cerith snail because they don't see it working while they watch but the real reason is that they are in fact a true nocturnal critter and does all their cleaning work while everyone else sleeps; Cerith Snails are the perfect snail for established aquariums to handle routine cleaning, and excellent for newer tanks to keep various new tank issues in check.

Tank Recommendations: Large Cerith snails are moderately easy to keep as long as you keep them in a live sand bed, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: Yes

Food and diet: They can be fed pellet foods if the reef tank is very new and you are concerned they may not find enough natural food.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 6 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

Important Acclimation Notes: Cerith snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.


Group of 10 $27.99
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   Nerite Snails

Elliminates cyano bacteria (red slime) & other
film algaes on glass, rock or sand.

Description: The Nerite Snail, Nerita tessellata, are very hardy and will survive a long time in the home aquarium. Their black shells protect them from predators. Unlike other snails these guys will NOT die by flipping over, they can easily flip themselves upright when needed! At a maximum size of around 1 inch, these outstanding cleaners are found on a number of reefs scattered throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They will eat unwanted nuisance algaes such as cyanobacteria (red slime) and other film algaes that may occur on the glass, rock or sand. These eager eaters desire several types of micro algae commonly found in the home aquarium.

Tank Recommendations: Nerite Snails come from the Caribbean so are excellent for tanks that run on the warm side. Once well acclimated the Nerite snail can handle water temperatures up to a maximum of 82 degrees but lower temperatures are definitely recommended. Nerite snails are moderately easy to keep as long as you refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: Yes

Food and diet: Keep in mind that the Nerite Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 6 gallons

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

Important Acclimation Notes: Nerite snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.


Group of 10 $27.99
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  Mexican Turbo Snails
Turbo fluctuosa

Description: Mexican Turbo snails are referred to as grazers because of their voracious appetites for several types of micro algae found in the home aquarium. Turbo snails are great for battling green hair algae. At the same time, these snails will bulldoze loose rocks and may rearrange your aquarium.The Mexicaan Turbo Snail is native to the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico. Very popular among reef aquarium hobbyists. Gram for Gram, Mexican Turbo Grazer's clean more nuisance algae ounce for ounce than any other snail. They do a great job on ridding a tank of hair algae and other nuisance algaes scouring the entire saltwater aquarium, top to bottom. They do have the problem though of not being able to right their self back up if they fall over and onto their backs, they may die after a while if they aren't righted. Make sure to have rubble in the sand bed so they can right themselves, and avoid keeping turbo snails with aggressive fish that may intentionally flip them over. Pure work horses, the Mexican Turbo's radula, or tongue, of the snail has a rasp like texture. When pulled across a surface, this rasp pulls the algae loose for a quick snack. Also known as the Turban or Top Shell Snail, Turbo fluctuosa has a thick turban-shaped shell with an irridescent interior.

Tank Recommendations: Keep Mexican Turbo Snails with peaceful fish and in a tank with algae growth to graze on. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. Coming from the Pacific Ocean Mexican Turbo snails require water temperatures no higher than 78 degrees. Mexican Turbo's are moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: Yes

Food and diet: Keep in mind that the Mexican Turbo Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 10 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

Important Acclimation Notes: Mexican Turbo snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.


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 Zebra Striped Turbo Snails
An incredible natural defense to clean up your tank!.

Description:The Zebra Stripe Turbo Snail, comes from Belize and is a great variation from the typical Mexican Turbo Snail. Zebra Stripe Turbo snails are great for battling green hair algae. At the same time, these snails will bulldoze loose rocks and may rearrange your aquarium. TLike its cousin the Mexican Turbo, The Zebra Turbo Gram for Gram, will clean more nuisance algae ounce for ounce than any other snail. They do a great job on ridding a tank of hair algae and other nuisance algae scouring the entire saltwater aquarium, top to bottom. They do have the problem though of not being able to right their self back up if they fall over and onto their backs, they may die after a while if they aren't righted. Make sure to have rubble in the sand bed so they can right themselves, and avoid keeping turbo snails with aggressive fish that may intentionally flip them over. Pure work horses like their cousin Zebra Turbo's radula, or tongue, of the snail has a rasp like texture. When pulled across a surface, this rasp pulls the algae loose for a quick snack.

Tank Recommendations: Keep Zebra Turbo Snails with peaceful fish and in a tank with algae growth to graze on. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. Coming from the Pacific Ocean Zebra Turbo snails require water temperatures no higher than 78 degrees. Zebra Turbo's are moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: Yes

Food and diet: Keep in mind that the Zebra Turbo Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 10 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

Important Acclimation Notes: Mexican Turbo snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.


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Tonga Striped Conch
Totally peaceful toward other tank mates.
Great for Cleaning Sand, even Red Slime algae)!


Description: Tonga Striped Miniature Conch's are great for keeping your sand bed clean and airated. Mostly nocturnal, the Tonga Striped Conch uses it's 'trunk' like a vacuum to sift food from the live sand bed. Unseen often during the day because it buries itself in the sand to sleep but waking up in the evening it will clean up the sand bed. This makes the Striped Conch a good live sand bed stirrer and cleaner. They do bother reef tank inhabitants such as corals, clams, or other invertebrates. One nice feature of the Tonga Striped Conga is that they only grow to a max size of 3 inches, never "out-growing" the tank. Striped Conch are known as omnivore because they will eat both live and decaying vegetable matter, along with decaying organic matter, and leftover marine foods. They will eat any algae growing on the surface of the live sand bed, and other detritus on the bottom. They prefer to stay in the sand and will slightly burrow, although not deep enough to disturb anaerobic areas deep in the sand.

Tank Recommendations: Must be kept in a tank with live sand. We recommend that the Tonga Striped Conch be kept at a density of no more than 2 per square foot of sand bed. Higher densities may result in the conch out-competing each other for available food and some may starve. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. Tonga Striped Conch are moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: Yes

Food and Diet: Tonga Striped Conch are more active at night, so they are less visible during the daytime. They can be additionally fed any algae derived food such as algae tabs, Tang diet and even sinking Koi sticks. If they are observed climbing up the glass of aquariums, this usually means they are hungry and should be fed.

Recommended Quantity:2 per square foot of sand bed

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 2"
$12.99 each

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Red Foot Conch
Opeatostoma pseudodon
Description: The Red Footed Conch, also known as Thorn Latirus, lives in shallow water among stony corals and rocks and has a peaceful temperament. They are named after their bright red foot and by their single non-poisonous thorn that grows from the bottom of the lip of their shell. They are excellent sand sifters, and are very beneficial in the reef aquarium. As they burrow and dig through the aquarium substrate, they clean and aerate the bottom. Terrific for Cleaning Tanks with that ugly red or brown slime algae often seen. A hardy algae eaters , one of the few that will rid a tank of slime algae, they also love the brown diatoms found on the surface of live sand beds. They will stir and clean upper layers of the sand bed. One of the best reef tank detrivor's. As they burrow and dig through the aquarium live sand they clean and aerate the bottom. It won't bother any invertebrates or corals whatsoever. Once you add these to your tank, you won't ever regret it because they make a unique and different addition. We highly recommend these for their usefulness.

Tank Recommendations: Red Foot Conch must be kept in a tank with live sand. We recommend that they be kept at a density of no more than 2 per square foot of sand bed. Higher densities may result in the conch out-competing each other for available food and some may starve. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. Red Footed Conch are moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater conchs are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: Yes

Food and Diet: Red Foot Conch can be additionally fed any algae derived food such as algae tabs, Tang diet and even sinking Koi sticks. If they are observed climbing up the glass of aquariums, this usually means they are hungry and should be fed.

Recommended Quantity:2 per square foot of sand bed

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

Price Each $5.99
Group of 4 $19.99


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Captive Raised Queen Conch
Strombus gigas

Totally peaceful toward other tank mates.
Great for Cleaning Sand, even Red Slime algae!

Description: The Tank Raised Queen Conch is highly recommended for the saltwater marine aquarium because they are hardy and will eat nearly any type of algae, even slime algae. Besides cleaning the glass aquarium sides they will root through the upper layers of the sand bed, cleaning and aerating the sand of algae and diatoms. They are especially good for helping to keep reef tanks clean of detritus, and they will not injure the corals or the coralline algae. Tank Raised Queen conchs have a spiral-shaped shell with a glossy orange or pink interior. The Queen Conch is omnivorous; you should supplement its algae eating efforts with small pieces of fresh fish, frozen food, and dried seaweed. In the wild Queen Conchs can grow to a maximum of twelve inches (thirty-one centimeters) but in an aquarium they will likely stay about three inches, and will thrive in a home saltwater reef aquarium. It is best to purchase aquacultured (captive raised) Queen Conchs not only for the sake of the environment but because the tank raised snails are more brightly colored and adapt easier to their new aquarium environment.

Tank Recommendations: Tank Raised Queen Conch should be kept in a tank with live sand. We recommend that they be kept at a density of no more than 2 per square foot of sand bed. Higher densities may result in the conch out-competing each other for available food and some may starve. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. They are moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all conchs are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and Diet: The Queen Conch are more active at night, so they are less visible during the daytime. They can be additionally fed any algae derived food such as algae tabs, Tang diet and even sinking Koi sticks. If they are observed climbing up the glass of aquariums, this usually means they are hungry and should be fed.

Recommended Quantity:2 per square foot of sand bed

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility:Very good

Approximate Purchase Size: 2"
$19.99 each
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Orange Chestnut Snails
Turbo castanea

Description: Chestnut Snails (Turbo castanea) are prized for their incredible ability to eat vast amounts of algae. These hardy snails from the western Atlantic (Florida and the Caribbean). Like other turbo type snails they have the same top shape to their shell, but the bright orange color cannot be forgotten and is pure attraction in any size aquarium. Unlike their turbo brothers, these snails stay small, no larger than 1 inch so are less likely to knock over rock work and coral.

Tank Recommendations: Keep Orange Chestnut Snails with peaceful fish and in a tank with algae growth to graze on. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. Moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications, and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: Yes

Food and Diet: Keep in mind that the Orange Chestnut Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 6 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

Important Acclimation Notes: The Orange Chestnut Snail is sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.

Price Each $5.99
Group of 5 $24.99


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Spiny Star Snail
Lithopoma phobium
Description: The Spiny Star Snail is also called the Ninja Star Snail because the shells pointy projections resemble closely the hand held Star weapons the Ninja's are known for. Closely related to the regular “Astrea “ snail from the Caribbean, but have very pronounced spikes around the edge of their flatter shell. Along with the facinating shell the star shell has a superb appetite for cleaning many forms of nuisance algae. They will eat just about any thin film algae, but will also eat hair algae and other nuisance algae. They don't seem to eat coralline algae, and usually don't bother macro algae, most calcareous algae, and most fleshy algae. They may forage on some of the larger algae, but unless they are really hungry they don't tend to eat them.

Tank Recommendations: Keep the Spiney Star Snail with peaceful fish and in a tank with algae growth to graze on. Coming from the Caribbean, Spiney Star Snails are excellent for tanks that run on the warm side. Once well acclimated the Spiney Star Snail can handle water temperatures up to a maximum of 83 degrees but lower temperatures are definitely recommended. Spiney Stars snails are moderately easy to keep as long as you refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: No

Food and diet: Keep in mind that the Spiney Star Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: 1 per 6 gallons

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

Important Acclimation Notes: Spiney Star snails are sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.


Price Each $5.99
Group of 5 $24.99


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Tiger Cowrie
Cypraea tigris


Description: The Tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris) occurs throughout the Pacific. It is a grazing herbivore, rasping algae from rocks and reef with its file-like radula. The tiger cowry’s shell color is distinctive, though it doesn’t resemble the animal for which it is named. The high, inflated shell may be white or golden brown with scattered dark brown or black spots and a golden mantle line that runs the length of the shell. It differs in color depending upon geographical location. While it does not have an operculum to shut when it retracts its mantle into its shell, the opening is lined with "threatening" tooth-like structures. The mantle tissue is light with irregular dark blotches and covered with simple, unbranched papillae.
Cowries, like other snails, have: (1) a well-developed head with eyes and tentacles, a mouth on a protractible proboscis (mouth tube); (2) a broad muscular foot for crawling; and (3) a soft body mass (containing the internal organs) which is protected by their shell.
Cowry snails usually inhabit rocky and coral areas where they browse on algae, or encrusting invertebrates like sponges and bryozoans (diet varies with species). They are most active at night and conceal themselves in crevices during the day. In cowries, the spire (pointed end) of the shell is overgrown by the last whorl, resulting in a rounded, domed shape. The shell-producing mantle tissue has two special folds that extend outside the shell in the cowries. These mantle folds keep the shell clean and polished, and prevent boring or encrusting organisms from causing damage to the shell surface. The mantle is covered with frilly, branched projections called papillae. The functions of the papillae are not clear: they may provide camouflage for the animal by breaking up the snail’s outline; or may allow absorption of oxygen from the seawater.


Tank Recommendations: Cowries are very attractive with their patterned glass like shells. While small, Tiger Cowrie will eat algae and scavenge for scraps, but as an adult, they eat certain anemones, sponges, and soft corals, and are best kept with starfish, sea urchins, and tubeworms in the reef aquarium. Do not house it with Condylactis sp. as they love Condylactis for food. We believe the best place for Cowries is as an attractive addition to a FOWLR tank (Fish Only With Live Rock). Tankmates should be small and peaceful, and avoid keeping with large, predatory fish. A good suggestion is to have some sort of actinic moon lighting available which will allow the aquarist to view the cowries’ antics late into the evening. Cowries' need to be housed in a mature tanks with well established live rock. They are moderately easy to keep, refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all conchs are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: No

Food and Diet: Cowrie are considered Omnivorous. Juveniles prefer green-based foods such as marine algae and Spirulina, whereas adults enjoy a larger proportion of meatier fare. Offer vitamin-enriched Mysis shrimp, krill, and chopped fish/mussel/cockle/prawns etc. Algae covered rocks can be cultured in a fishless refugium and rotated with rocks within the main aquarium to provide an ongoing supply of green foods.

Recommended Quantity:1 per 2 square foot of sand bed

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Caution required: Smaller specimens seem to be totally reef safe, yet large cowries have been observed feeding on soft coral, sponges, tunicates, and hydroids.

Approximate Purchase Size:Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 4"

Small $21.99 Medium $24.99 Large$29.99

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Money Cowrie
Cypraea moneta

Description: With a maximum size of between 1" and 1-1/4" the Money Cowrie is a very effective cleaner and film algae cleaner we have encountered. They have an egg-shaped glossy surfaced shell usually in a cream colour with brown markings and the animal often extends its large mantle (which has numerous papillae) up over so as completely covering the shell. Money Cowries get their name from the time when they were used as currency. They are excellent for in a reef tank they are compatible and beneficial to the reef aquarium since they leave all coral and inhabitants alone while they graze on all types of micro algae and detritus. A natural scavenger they are self sufficient in the home aquarium and should have enough natural food growth to live. They are easy to care for and can be easily kept by the beginning aquarist.

Tank Recommendations: Money Cowrie Snails are peaceful, and should not be kept with more aggressive species that can possibly harm them. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock. Moderately easy to keep as long as you watch your temperatures, refrain from using copper based medications, and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater snails are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upsidedown?: No

Food and Diet: Keep in mind that the Money Cowrie will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Recommended Quantity: Normally 1 per 10 gallons, or if you often have excess algae 2 per 10 gallons.

Level of Care: easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

Important Acclimation Notes: The Marine Cowrie is sensitive to changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. They need to be slowly acclimated to their new home using the drip method explained on our website for a minimum of 3 hours.

Price Each $8.99
Group of 3 $23.99


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 Spider Conch
Lambis Lambis
Description: The rare spider conch Lambis lambis is part of the of the family Strombidae. Coming from the shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific, the Spider Conch is sought by shell collectors in the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Indonesia and India, and is harvested for food in Japan. Spider conchs are found mainly on the sand and among the rocks on or near coral reefs. Reef safe, peaceful, and will not harm other invertebrates or corals. A very interesting invertebrate for the marine aquarium, they are excellent sand sifters, and very beneficial in the reef aquarium. As they burrow and dig through the aquarium substrate, they will clean and aerate the bottom. Terrific for Cleaning Tanks with that ugly red or brown slime algae often seen. Also a hardy algae eater, one of the few that will rid a tank of slime algae, they also love the brown diatoms found on the surface of live sand beds. They will stir and clean upper layers of the sand bed. One of the best reef tank detrivor's, they burrow and dig through the aquarium substrate cleaning and aerating the bottom.

Tank Recomendations: Spider Conch's are for larger tanks only since their 4" to 6" size make them to large for smaller aquariums. They are moderately easy to keep as long as they have a seasoned tank with a fairly deep live sand bed to live in. Refrain from using copper based medications and keep an eye on the levels of soluble waste since all saltwater cochs are sensitive to nitrates.

Can they Right Themselves if they Get Upside down?: Yes

Food and diet: Spider Conch's will eat meaty bits of Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, fish and Scallop and Scavenge on detritus and fish waste. If there is not ample food supply in your marine aquarium, you may supplement their diet with the meaty bits of fish and sea food along with algae pellets or algae wafers.

Recommended Quantity:1 per 50 gallons

Level of Care: Moderately Easy

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 4+"

$34.99

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