The Turbo/Astrea Snail boasts a beautiful pyramid-shaped shell colored in olive green. Unlike other shelled organisms, this snail has a unique shell pattern and ravenous appetite. Often the Turbo/Astrea Snail?s shell projects a star-like outline, and those snails are called as Astraea star snails. It helps in cleaning up the algae by feeding on live rock, and is very good at keeping your aquarium clean and clear. The Turbo/Astrea Snail is a herbivore and feeds on small nuisance hair algae, as well as Cyanobacteria and Diatoms. It prefers to live in a well maintained aquarium that includes few live rocks and many such hiding places and sufficient space. Like most animals, the Turbo/Astrea Snail needs proper care and maintenance.
It is sensitive to high nitrate levels and will not tolerate copper based medications. It can be fed with blanched spinach or lettuce and vegetable-based tablet foods when algae is not available in the tank. The Turbo/Astrea Snail is sharp conical shell with pronounced ridges circling the shell. This shell protects them from predators. The Turbo/Astrea Snail is nocturnal in nature and comes out at night from its hiding places and feeds on different marine algae. It is indigenous to all the oceans of the world. Being 100% reef safe, the Turbo/Astrea Snail makes a terrific and great addition to any aquarium. It is very peaceful and do not harm any kind of other inhabitants. The shell of the Turbo/Astrea Snail grows continuously and needs supplements of calcium which assists in its continued development.
The Turbo Snail, a.k.a. Astrea or Florida Turbo, is the most popular snail in the aquarium industry. Turbos are cone-shaped and their shells are often times covered in coralline algae. These snails are tremendous film-algae eaters and will forage on diatoms and other algaes that grow on live rock and aquarium glass. They are nocturnal and do most of their cleaning at night. These snails will continue to grow their shell over time, if the aquarium is kept at proper calcium levels. In nature, Turbos live on large grass beds where they bury in the sand during high tide, and crawl along the grass blades feeding on algae during low tide. Keep one per every two gallons.