Astraea Turbo Snails
We do NOT recommend doing any sort of coral pest control dip for these inverts.
Astraea Turbo Snail Care
Astraea Snails are excellent herbivores that have a voracious appetite for nuisance algae in the home aquarium. They make a great addition to reef aquariums as the primary invertebrate in a cleanup crew. They do not bother corals, and they are able to clean the areas directly bordering the corals which would otherwise be difficult to clean manually. Please see below for additional care tips for Astraea Snails as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
These snails (Astraea tecta) come from the Caribbean.
Astraea Snails graze on algae such as diatoms and cyano. In very clean tanks their diet can be supplemented vegetable based pellet foods.
Astraea Turbo Snails are known to reproduce in captivity.
When acclimating Astraea Snails, try to perform the acclimation process slowly. Drip acclimating is the most effective for this. DO NOT use a pest control coral dip with these snails as the dips will kill them. Proper acclimation is extremely important considering the stress imposed on the animals by the shipping process. Please take a moment to review our Acclimation Guide.
The images were taken with a Canon 5D mk II and 100mm macro lens under T5 Fluorescent lighting. Quite a lot goes into how we go about shooting the corals and anemones you see on Tidal Gardens. For an in-depth look at our methods, check out our comprehensive Reef Aquarium Photography FAQ.