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Tent Snail*

Species Availability:   64
Resides : Rocks and glass
Consumes : Film Algae, Diatoms, Hair Algae, and some species of Cyanobacteria
Max Size : 1.2" or 32mm
Origin : East Africa
Availability: Irregular
Warnings : This species has trouble righting itself when initially introduced to the aquarium.

The Tent Snail (Tectus tentorium) consumes film algae, hair algae, diatoms, and some species of cyanobacteria. These snails are excellent for cleaning the rocks and glass of your aquarium, and its shell is often covered in coralline algae. Tent Snails can right themselves, but like other Top Snails they struggle to do this, and should be righted when introduced to the aquarium for best results.

This species of Tectus is hardier than it's cousin Tectus fenestratus. If you have struggled to keep Tectus snails in the past, the other species is far more common in the trade and you may want to try this species. Tectus snails are members of the Tegulidae family, which are members of the Trochoidea super family. They behave and appear like Trochus snails, in fact this species was once named Trochus tentorium. The word tentorium means "tent" in Latin, and is the source of its common name.

The Tectus we carry have a diameter of approximately a nickel, and grow to a little over the size of a quarter. The size shipped varies, but they tend to largest in summer and smallest in winter. They are often unavailable in fall.


This species requires UPS Next Day Air and does not qualify for free shipping.

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