Margarita Snail (Margarites pupillus)

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Margarita Snail

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Margarita Snail

Margarites pupillus

Moderate

sg

1.023 - 1.025

pH

8.2 - 8.4

[[Minimum temperature::72 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::78 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Herbivore
Other (See article)

5-6 years




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Alternative names

Margarita Snail, Stomatella Limpet Snail, Pearl Snail, Little Margarite, Pearly Topped Snail

Sexing

These snails are difficult to sex and are not known to breed in captivity. These are not hermaphroditic snails.

Tank compatibility

An entirely reef-safe snail, will graze on most algaes. Do not keep with aggressive fish or other invertebrates that may attack or kill it to include Hermit Crabs.

Diet

An excellent algae eater, when necessary you can supplement with dried seaweed. They can starve if not enough algae is present in the tank.

Feeding regime

Supplement when necessary.

Environment Specifics

Prefers cooler temperatures but can tolerate up to 25.6°C (78°F) . Keep with peaceful fish and a tank with plenty of algae growth to graze on. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock.

Behaviour

A very peaceful snail which will concentrate its attentions on algae and not harm corals or other reef-dwellers. Benefits from calcium additives and is sensitive to water chemistry.

Identification

Has a smooth turban-like shell with slight iridescence. The shell can vary from silver-grey to brown in colour.

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