Turbo Snail - Turbo fluctuosa
Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Turbo Snail is one of the better algae grazers available for saltwater aquariums. Are you looking for something to help control the algae growing on your glass and on the live rock in your marine tank? Look no further. The saltwater turbo snail will continuously graze on algae and make short work of it.
Even though they are excellent as part of a clean up crew, there are a few things to keep in mind if you plan on keeping the turbo snail in your aquarium. They require calcium for their shells, so you will need sufficient calcium levels in your water.
Sometimes hobbyists put too many in the tank thereby starving their snails. Allow for 20 to 30 gallons of water per snail. If you do have too many turbos in your tank, you can supplement the Turbo Snails diet with dried algae. Also, if you have fish that graze on algae such as some of the Tangs, you may want to limit the amount of snails you put in your tank.
These snails get to be about 2 inches or so in size and are usually more active at night. They do sometimes come out during the day too and roam about the tank walls and live rock searching for food. They are fairly hardy and make a nice addition to a clean up crew. One word of caution though: they can and will knock over corals that are not glued down or that haven't attached yet.
Turbo Snail Care
Scientific Name : Turbo fluctuosa
Common Names : Top Shell, Turban Snail
Care Level : Easy, good for the saltwater aquarium beginner
Life span : 1 - 2 years, sometimes slightly longer lived
Size : Up to 2 inches (5 cm)
pH : 8 - 8.4
Temperature : 72°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C)
Specific Gravity : 1.020 - 1.024
Origin / Habitat : Mexico
Temperament / Behavior : Very peaceful
Breeding : Difficult to breed
Aquarium Size : 30 gallon minimum
Tank Mates : Avoid keeping them with some of the more aggressive marine invertebrates.
Diet / Foods : Herbivore, mainly algae. You can try to supplement their diet with dried seaweed. Having live rock is beneficial because it can constantly graze on it for food. Limit the amount of snails if you're also keeping algae grazers such as some of the Tang species.
Tank Region : All over the glass and live rock
Gender : There are no definite ways to distinguish males from females.
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