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Mexican Turbo Snail
Turbo fluctuosus
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size : .25 - 2 inches
Care Level : Easy
Temperament : Peaceful
Reef Safe : Yes
Diet : Herbivore
Origin : Mexico
Acclimation Time : 1+ Hours
Coral Safe : Yes
Invertebrate Safe : Yes
Minimum Tank Size : 1 Per 2 Gallons
  
  

The Mexican Turbo Snail originates from the waters around Mexico, and strangely named the Mexican Turbo Snail. They are named as Turbo as it is turban-shaped shell with an iridescent design. The Mexican Turbo Snail is indigenous to Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico. They love to hide in crevices and holes around live rocks, so it is advisable to keep large rocks in the reef tank. They can hide as well as they can feed on tiny organisms on it. The Mexican Turbo Snail should be kept in an aquarium of at least 20 gallons in size that provides plenty of living space for them. They are particularly herbivorous and mainly feed on algae, diatoms, and Cyano Bacteria as well as scavenging around the aquarium. When a snail moves across the glass, it can be observed that its radula or tongue has a rasp like texture, which pulls the algae loose for a quick snack. The Mexican Turbo Snail is peace loving and can be kept easily in any aquarium. They should never be kept with aggressive tank mates who can quickly overcome this slow-moving creature. The Mexican Turbo Snail does not need any kind of special care. They remove lot of algae from the aquarium glass and rocks, hence keep the surroundings clean and clear. Additional Calcium can help them to develop their protective shell but, like other invertebrates, the Mexican Turbo Snail is very sensitive to nitrates and copper based medications. It is also very intolerant of any small fluctuations in water parameters. The Mexican Turbo Snail is considered as grazers as they are voracious eaters for several types of micro algae found in the home aquarium.

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