The limpets we sell are the herbivorous Black Ribbed Limpets, (Lottia leucopleura). They eat algae and diatoms - they are 100% reef safe. Limpets are similar to snails, except they have a round shell that caps the top of their body, they cling closely to rock to cover their bottom half, (as compared to the more evolved snail that can retract into its shell). They are constant grazers, and will stay in one location until their job is done. The limpets we sell are about the size of a dime, and will grow slightly larger during their lifetime.
They will spend nearly all of their time on rocks and glass. Because of their shell shape, they can withstand direct impact from your powerhead or wavemaker, allowing them to clean where other snails, (and crabs especially), dare not travel. However, limpets are unable to right themselves if they are turned upside down unless there is a strong current for them to utilize.When adding limpets to your tank, place them on the rocks so they can establish a grip. During this time, before they can "seal" themselves down, they may be vulnerable to predation.
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