|Resides : Rocks and glass
|Consumes : Film Algae, Diatoms, Hair Algae, and some species of Cyanobacteria
|Max Size : .7" or 17mm
|Origin : Caribbean
|Warnings : May have trouble righting itself the first time it is introduced
The Smooth Atlantic Tegula (Tegula fasciata) is a small snail that can grow to about the diameter of a dime. These snails will consume film and hair algae on macroalgae, glass, and rocks in your aquarium. They appear to have a two year life span, which is relatively long for a small snail. In the wild they spend their time cleaning seagrass, and will do a good job cleaning macroalgae in your saltwater planted tank, or the rocks and glass in your reef aquarium. They spend little time on the sand, and are as active in the day as they are at night. Taxonomically, Tegulas (Tegulidae) are the bridge between Trochus (Trochidae) and Turbo (Turbinidae) snails. The very large Zebra Turbo Snail (Cittratum picta) is also a member of the Tegulidae family. Kept away from predators, Tegulas tend to be hardier than both Turbos and Trochus snails. This species is highly variable, with shells featuring different colors and patterns.
We ship Tegulas at various stages in their life, some are very small. They grow to adult size within 6 months.