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Snails & Shelled Animals are Invertebrates belonging to the Phylum Mollusca and Class Gastropoda. Most Snails & Shelled Animals are Herbivores but some Marine ones are Omnivores. Aquatic Connection Live brings to you the best snails to clean your aquarium. However prior to moving on the specific species, lets go through some common features of Snails.

Habit & Habitat. Snails are Nocturnal in habit. They are solitarily found near Rocky Reefs, Grass Beads, and Sandy Bottoms around the coastal areas of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Ideal Marine Aquarium Environment. Snails require a specific gravity of 1.018-1.028, a pH value of around 8.10-8.40, and temperature at around 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit, in the tank. Stable pH & temperature levels, and minimal or zero Copper and Nitrates are desirable in the aquarium to avert any lethal shocks to the Snail & Shelled Animals in there. Keep ample Live Rock, Caves, Corals, and Sand to hide in and graze upon.

Aquarium Feeding. Snails & Shelled Animals are Algae Eaters and hence keep the aquarium free from unwanted Algal growth. Most Snails & Shelled Animals are Omnivores and Scavengers in feeding habit. They are known for eating away the meaty bits of Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, Fish, & Scallop, and Scavenge on Detritus and Fish Waste. In the search of food, Snails & Shelled Animals also plough the sand, thereby cleaning and aerating it.

Important Acclimation Information: All Snails and Shelled animals are very sensative to changes in salinity and water chemistry from one aquarium system to another. It is vital to Slowly acclimate Tonga all Snails and Shelled animas to your marine aquarium environment using the Slow Drip Method explained in our acclimation web page. The slow acclimation process needs to be done over a minimum time period of tat least two hours to avoid your snails and shelled animals dieing over the first few days from water chemistry shock..

  Tiger Sand Conch

Totally peaceful toward other tank mates.
Great for Cleaning Sand, even Red Slime algae)!
Description: The Tiger Sand Conch is a hardy member of the Strombidae family. Despite their name, they are peaceful 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. One of the best reef tank detritivores. 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! It'll go to sleep at night, but once the lights come on it goes back to cleaning in no time and will go on for the rest of the day with no breaks. Watching it clean with what looks like an anteater type snout is very entertaining as they move it everywhere to feed. It will always stay on the bottom of your tank, 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. I highly recommend these for their usefulness.
Recommended minimum tank size: 10 gallon or larger They do best when kept in a live sand bed.
Food and diet: They can be fed algae pellets, if they can't find enough natural food. 1 Conch per 20 gallons of water.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 2"


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 Orange Spot Butterscotch Nassarius Snail
Babylonia formosae

Description:These are one of the most beautiful of all the saltwater snails. An extremely hardy aquarium addition, the Orange Spotted Butterscotch Massarius 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 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.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger They do best when kept in a live sand bed.
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.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"


$7.49 each
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 Spider Conch
Lambis Lambis
Description: The common spider conch Lambis lambis of the family Strombidae is abundant in the shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific. The species is sought by shell collectors in the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Indonesia and India, and is harvested for food in Japan. Spider conches are found mainly on the sand and among the rocks on or near coral reefs.They are 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 are 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 detritivores. 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! It'll go to sleep at night, but once the lights come on it goes back to cleaning in no time and will go on for the rest of the day with no breaks.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger They do best when kept in a live sand bed.
Food and diet: They can be fed algae pellets, if they can't find enough natural food. 1 Conch per 25 gallons of water.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 4"

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Tropical Abalone

Abalone eat tons of algae including hair algae

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 the 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.

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.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.
Level of Care: Moderate
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2"


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  Bumble Bee Snails

They look like black and yellow bumble bee's
A Long Lived Great Cleanup Critter!!!!
Description: The Bumble bee snail is easy to care for and quite hardy. Bumble bee snails are small stunning snails 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. Bumble bee snails can sometime grow to be 1 in but usually only grow to half that size.

Bumble bee snails are an ideal addition to the cleaning crew for any tank as they will eat any uneaten food, decaying matter and most algae species. They can due to their small size get into very small cavities in the setup and clean them.

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

$3.49 each
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 Banded Trochus Snails
Description: Farm-raised Trochus Snails are a great addition to the cleaning stable. 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 often 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, and are a perfect aquarium snail since they come from warmer waters. Extremely hardy, as long as water quality remains good they have a very long life. Many live from 5 to 7 years. No tank should be without some of these. Recommend 1 per 5 gallons. 

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 Margarita Snails
(Margarites pupillus)

Description:Margarita snails are extremely popular to aquarists because they will consume large amounts of nuisince algae including hair algaes. Margarita snails are very popular for their helpful appetite. Margarita snails unlike other snails, are totally non-venomous. That means a peaceful existence with corals, all the other invertebrates, and reef aquarium room mates. The Margarita Snail has a brown body and smooth, turban-shaped shell. They stay small growing to a maximum size of only 1" as an adult.
Tank Recommendations: The Margarita Snail does well in a well established home aquarium . Like other invertebrates, the Margarita Snail is sensitive to high nitrate levels and copper-based medications. Also, it should be acclimated to new aquariums using the drip acclimation method.
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.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

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   Astrea Snails
(Astraea tecta)
Description:Astrea snails are an excellent addition to any reef tank and are 100% reef safe. They will not harm any other living creatures and will not disturb the decoration or landscaping. They are very beneficial in any setup as they are good algae eaters and will eat most algae types including hair algae, cyanobacteria and diatoms.

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 . Introduced as soon as
possible to new aquarium, these snails effectively limit the development of all micro algae. Ref: The Reef Aquarium.

Astrea snails are easily identified based on the characteristic sharp conical shell circled by a large ridge.

Astrea snails are best kept in well established aquariums and are hardy once they have acclimatized themselves to their new surrounding. They are like all snails sensitive towards even small changes in water values and it is therefore important to acclimatize them slowly to a tank using drop acclimatization (allow this process to take at least two hours). They are also sensitive to high nitrate levels and copper. Even small amounts of copper can prove fatal for Astrea snails and copper based medications can not be used in a tank containing Astrea or other snails.
Recommend 1 per gallon
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

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 Large Tonga Nassarius Snails
(Nassaurius vibex)

Nassarius Snails bury themselves
in the sand until feeding time.
Description:Nassarius snails are excellent for keeping the substrate stirred and clean. They usually stay buried and eat leftover food but may emerge as you feed the other aquarium residents. hey have beautiful ornamental shells, are fast movers, and are VERY hardy snails. You will see the nassarius snails emerge from beneath the sand when you drop food in the tank in a feeding frenzy.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger They do best when kept in a live sand bed.
Food and diet: They can be fed algae pellets, if they can't find enough natural food. 1 Conch per 25 gallons of water.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

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 Large Cerith Snails

This is one of the best snails tested for Diatom algae!
One of the most ideal scavengers, detritus eaters, and algae eaters these snails are perfect for the reef aquarium, quickly devouring detritus, uneaten food, decaying organics, fish waste, and several types of nuisance algae. Cerith Snails will often bury themselves in the sand, which will help maintain adequate oxygen levels in the substrate. One inch long pointed shell, it is small enough to get hard to reach spots between the rocks. It is listed in Julian Sprung's Reef Aquarium as a a great algae/diatom eater, and we whole heartedly agree! It's able to remove diatoms so well that they do not regrow from the original algae film. They will not dislodge or disturb any specimens and is an active glass cleaner .

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   Nerite Snails

Elliminates cyano bacteria (red slime) & other
film algaes on glass, rock or sand.
Nerite Snails are very hardy and will survive a long time in the home aquarium. 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.

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  Mexican Turbo Snails
Turbo fluctuosa

Will do a great job on ridding a tank of hair algae and
other nuisance algaes off of both the live rock and aquarium glass.
Description: 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 than any other snail. They do a great job on ridding a tank of hair algae and other nuisance algaes off of both the live rock and aquarium glass. These snails are referred to as grazers because of their voracious appetites for several types of micro algae found in the home aquarium. 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.
Recommendations : Appropriate numbers are 1 per 5 gallons of water.
Food and diet: They can be fed algae pellets, or sheets of algae if they can't find enough natural food.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 11/4"
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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. These outstanding cleaners will scour rock and glass in search of its next meal. The Zebra Turbo are about 2 to 3 times larger and do about 5 times as much work as the Atlantic Turbo Astrea Snail. They are pure workhorses. Eager to eat several types of micro algae commonly found in the home aquarium. The 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. When algae is in low supply, green seaweed sheets can be supplemented to help ensure balanced nutrition. Like all snails, this species is intolerant of extreme nitrate levels (over 20) and cannot live in tanks that have had copper-based medications dispensed.
Tank Recommendations: When algae is in low supply, green seaweed sheets can be supplemented to help ensure balanced nutrition. Like all snails, this species is intolerant of extreme nitrate levels (over 20) and cannot live in tanks that have had copper-based medications dispensed.Also, it should be acclimated to new aquariums using the drip acclimation method.
Food and diet: When algae is in low supply, green seaweed sheets can be supplemented to help ensure balanced nutrition. 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.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"
Recommended: 1 per 5 gallon.

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

Description:Tonga Striped Conch's are great for keeping your sandbed algae free. Mostly nocturnal, the Tonga Striped Conch uses it's 'trunk' like a vacuum to remove algae from the live sand bed. It buries itself in the sand to sleep and will also turn up the sandbed. It lives in the coral sand beds and eats algae such as diatoms. This makes the Striped Conch the best live sand bed stirrer and cleaner on the market today. They do not disturb any reef tank inhabitants such as corals, clams, or other invertebrates. S. alatus only grow to about 3 inch size, so they will not "out-grow" the tank. Striped Conch are known as herbivorous detritivores because they will eat both live and decaying vegetable matter. They will eat all 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: We recommend that Striped Conch be kept at a density of no more than 1 or 2 animals per square foot of sand bed. Higher densities may result in the conch out-competing each other for available food and some may starve.
Food and Diet: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 minimum tank size: 20 gallon or larger They do best when kept in a live sand bed.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 2"

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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 temerament. They are named after their bright red foot and by their single nonpoisonous 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 detritivores. As they burrow and dig through the aquarium substrate 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: We recommend that the Red Foted Conch be kept at a density of no more than 1 or 2 animals per square foot of sand bed. Higher densities may result in the conch out-competing each other for available food and some may starve.
Food and Diet:Red Footed 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 minimum tank size: 20 gallon or larger They do best when kept in a live sand bed.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1 inch to11/2 inch

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Miniature Queen Conch

Totally peaceful toward other tank mates.
Great for Cleaning Sand, even Red Slime algae!
Description:The Miniature Queen Conch, is perfect 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. Miniature Queen conchs have a spiral-shaped shell with a glossy orange or pink interior. The Miniature Queen Conch is omnivorous; you should supplement its algae eating efforts with small pieces of fresh fish, frozen food, and dried seaweed.In the Aquarium the Miniature Queen Conchs will grow to a maximum of three to three-1/2 inches, and they will thrive in all sizes of saltwater reef tanks.
Tank Recommendations: We recommend that the Queen Conch be kept at a density of no more than 1 or 2 animals per square foot of sand bed. Higher densities may result in the conch out-competing each other for available food and some may starve.
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 minimum tank size: 20 gallon or larger They do best when kept in a live sand bed.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 2"
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 Orange Chestnut Snails
Turbo castanae


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. But unlike their turbo brothers, these snails will not grow large and are less likely to knock over rockwork and corals.

Recommendations : Appropriate numbers are 1 per 5 gallons of water.

Food and diet: They can be fed algae pellets, or sheets of algae if they can't find enough natural food.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility:Very good

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 11/4"
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12 for $38.99 - 25 for $69.99
50 for $124.99 - 100 for $229.99

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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. They are closely related to the regular “astrea “ snails of the Caribbean ocean, but have very pronounced spikes around the edge of their 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 caulerpas, most calcareous algae, and most fleshy macro algae. They may forage on some of the larger algae, but unless they are really hungry they don't tend to eat them. They don't generally eat bubble algae; so if you're having a problem with it, get some green or red emerald crabs.

Spiny Star snails are best kept in well established aquariums and are hardy once they have acclimatized themselves to their new surrounding. They are like all snails sensitive towards even small changes in water values and it is therefore important to acclimatize them slowly to a tank using drop acclimatization (allow this process to take at least two hours). They are also sensitive to high nitrate levels and copper. Even small amounts of copper can prove fatal for Astrea snails and copper based medications can not be used in a tank containing Astrea or other snails
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Food and diet: When algae is in low supply, green seaweed sheets can be supplemented to help ensure balanced nutrition. 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.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1"
Recommended: 1 per 3 gallon.

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Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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