Zebra Turbo Snail
Scientific Name: Turbo sp
Reef Compatibility: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gal
Max Size: 2 inches
Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4 to 1 1/2 inch
The Zebra Turbo Snail has a white shell with interesting black makes making it striped or even checkerboarded. The Turbo Snail is extremely popular among reef aquarium hobbyists, since it quickly eliminates large amounts of nuisance algae. It is particularly fond of hair algae and will consume mass quantities of it and other algae off your live rock and aquarium glass.
An excellent member of your aquarium's cleanup crew, the Zebra Turbo Snail thrives in crevices and holes in natural reefs. In the home aquarium, the Zebra Turbo Snail needs ample hiding places and large spaces to graze. Some reef aquarists prefer to keep the Zebra Turbo Snail in aquariums with well-secured rockwork since this active herbivore is known to bulldoze loose rocks in search of food.
The peaceful Turbo Snail should not be kept with aggressive tank mates that can quickly overcome this slow-moving creature. If algae levels are insufficient, supplement the diet with dried seaweed. Also, adequate calcium levels are required to help build its protective shell. Like other invertebrates, the Zebra Turbo Snails is very sensitive to copper-based medications and high nitrate levels. To acclimate the Zebra Turbo Snail, employ the drip-acclimation method since it is intolerant of even the smallest fluctuations in water parameters.
This item is kept in an Invertebrate Only system.