Top Crown Snail

The Top Crown Snail is a great tank cleaner for larger saltwater reef aquariums. Compared to its Caribbean counterparts, this snail hailing from the Eastern Pacific Ocean is impressive in size and appetite. This member of the Astraeinae family is dressed in a beautiful shell that develops a remarkable top-like shape.
To best recreate its natural habitat, house the Top Crown Snail in larger aquariums with ample hiding places and sufficient room to roam. Though the Top Crown Snail prefers to graze algae from live rock, it will also consume algae from the side of aquarium glass and consume cyanobacteria and diatoms. An added benefit to its herbivorous nature is that Astrea undoza will eat thicker macroalgae, such as those that resemble Chaetomorpha that can quickly take over your aquarium. If algae levels are insufficient, supplement the diet with blanched spinach, seaweed strips, or spirlina tablet foods.

Like other invertebrates, the Top Crown Snail is intolerant of high nitrate levels and copper-based medications. Larger predatory fish also pose a danger to these slow-moving snails.

Quick Stats:
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 2"
Color Form: Red
Diet: Herbivore
Origin: Eastern Pacific
Family: Astraeinae
Swim Level: All

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