Turbo/Astrea Snail

Turbo/Astrea Snail

Astrea tecta

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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Herbivore
Origin: Western Atlantic
Minimum Tank Size: 5 Gallons
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Reef Safe: Yes
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Lighting: ~
Placement: ~
Waterflow: ~
The Turbo Snail, Astrea tecta, also known as the Astrea Snail, features a pale shell sometimes with striping. It is peaceful but shouldn't be housed with predatory fish or crabs that may attack it. The Turbo Snail prefers tanks with plenty of live rock to hide and forage for algae. They can be incredibly beneficial tank members for their penchant for algae-eating. It is reef safe and won't nip corals or other inverts. Like most snails, the Turbo requires minimal care and is an excellent choice for any home aquarium. They are the most popular snail species in the entire aquarium trade. 

They really do move quickly. I love having them in my tank. I have a good lid but a couple of tiny holes - no escapes. Also, I don't have an algae problem.

Reviewed by: John Atella on June 7, 2022

They are alive and well. Very active; always looking around for foods

Reviewed by: Esther Murphy on Sept. 27, 2017

I just received my various invert clean up crew. I ordered turbos, hermit crabs and nassarius snails. All items arrived alive and with clean shells. I placed them in the tank and all started to clean right away. Best place to order clean up crew since running my reef tank in 2004! I'll be sure to order from here again.

Reviewed by: John Nicolosi on Aug. 15, 2017

The Turbo Snail got to work right a way in my 10 gallon nano-tank. Enjoy watching him graze away, keeping everything cleaned up

Reviewed by: Michelle Owen on Jan. 9, 2017

Best snails for your money. Amazing how much they can eat. Makes you wonder where they put all that algae!!!

Reviewed by: Lawrence Page on Oct. 9, 2016

These snails are a great addition to my cleaning crew.

Reviewed by: Pamela Ondich on Aug. 27, 2016

This another animal I won't be without when I set up a new tank, they are worth their weight in gold. They just keep cleaning your glass and never complain. Plus they are great to look at with that good looking shell.

Reviewed by: Dickie52 on March 18, 2015

Reviewed by: Barry Mccool Sr on Sept. 13, 2014

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