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Chestnut Turbo Snail

 
The Chestnut Turbo Snail is an elegant, yet functional, addition to any reef aquarium. Like other snails, Turbo castanae is a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning algae and detritus from your aquarium. And like other members of the Turbinidae family, the Chestnut Turbo Snail boasts the same turbinate, or top-shaped shell. However, it is its well-defined and bead-dotted... In the wild, Chestnut Turbo Snails are often found in crevices and holes of the reefs, quietly serving as one of nature's more diligent housekeepers. In the home aquarium, the Chestnut Turbo Snail is equally as peaceful and useful. Most prefer ample hiding places and large amounts of room to graze, preferably amongst live rock. They will also feed on the algae covering aquarium glass. Combined with their easy care requirements, the Turbo castanae is ideal for both beginning and advanced reef hobbyists -


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Difficult to find for sale, but worth it featured

Comments Many aquarists include the turbo snail in their clean up crews because they are such prolific algae grazers, including the dreaded hair algae. However, this snail isn't for every tank. Many tanks do not have enough algae to satisfy the snail's voracious appetite and an aquarist may end up having to feed what should be cleaning up.

This snail gets quite large, about two inches, and likes to hide in the rocks when not grazing. Due to their large size, and propensity to crawl between rocks, they can do quite a number on your aquascaping, knocking rocks about and sometimes causing damage to corals in the process.

Unlike your typical turbo snail, T. castanae has a beautiful shell with a nice reddish color to it. Quite attractive. I've had much better luck with these than I have with their cousins T. fluctuosa. If the snails, I feel this is the most difficult to keep alive for long periods of time because most tanks don't have enough algae to keep them fed. Since they are so large when they do die the resulting decay can really cause havoc with our tank. Ironically causing an algal bloom in the process.

As with all invertebrates I suggest a drip acclimation of at least 30 minutes to an hour depending on what salinity level they are coming from.


Liked about it 1. Good algae eaters.
2. Large and impressive snail with interesting coloration and morphology.
3. Seems less likely to knock things over than other species of Turbo I've owned.
4. Mine have not grown as large as other Turbo species I've had.


Didn't like 1. Can run out of food in a smaller or well maintained tank which means you have to feed it dried seaweed.
2. Can cause landslides by pushing on rocks to get to algae.
3. Large enough that when they die it will cause issues with your water quality. You won't often know they are dead until it's too late.


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By tcamos
Sep 21, 2010
 
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Excellent algae eater, wortht the extra cost

Comments These are often more expensive than other turbo snails, but easily worth the cost. I found them to be much better algae eaters, they're not aggressive, and they're a nice chestnut color. Highly recommended cleaners if you can find them.


Liked about it Colorful shell, great algae eaters, relatively small and don't knock over corals.


Didn't like They're a bit more expensive than other snails.


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By crvz
Jan 06, 2010
 
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Thoughts on Chestnut Snails

Comments Very attractive snail due to the pink(peach) like pigment of thier shells. I purchase mine from the local fish store for 1.50 each.


Liked about it They are great little grazers of algae. They do the out of sight out of mind thing. Meaning that they come out and graze during the time the lights are out. When the lights are on the finish eating and retreat behind a piece of liverock on with in 1. Also love the fact they don't know over equipment(etc heater or suction cup power head) which is common in turbo snails.


Didn't like Personally no complaints at all.


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By Dragonist
Oct 29, 2009
 
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