Astraea Snail (Astraea tecta)
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Alternative names[edit | edit source]
- Astraea Snail, Astrea Snail, Astrea Conehead Snail, Astaea Star Snail
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Not possible. Can lay eggs in the aquarium which will appear as small white dots on the glass.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- Peaceful reef-friendly snail. An essential part of the clean-up crew. Avoid keeping with aggressive invertebrates such as Mantis shrimp.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Grazes on algae, mainly cyanobacteria and diatoms. Diet can be supplemented with blanched spinach or lettuce, and vegetable based tablet foods.
Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]
- Can be sensitive to water quality, will not tolerate high nitrates or any copper-based medication in the tank. Prefers a tank with lots of live rock to craze on and hide amongst. Will be happy as long as there's algae for them to eat. Needs an SG of 1.023-1.025.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- Will be found constantly grazing around the tank. Must be observed regularly as if this snail falls on it's back, it will not be able to right itself.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Olive green rough cone shaped shell, pale flesh. Has excellent camouflage when hiding in live rock.