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Old 06-10-2008, 03:28 PM   #1
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Orange Turbos

Has anyone seen these guys? My LFS had a bunch yesterday and I wanted to grab a couple, but he told me they can be tough keep alive. Not sure why he would say and blow a good sale unless he was right. Does anyone know if a newb like me can have a couple? They are VERY cool looking!
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:40 PM   #2
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U mean the orange chestnut turbo perhaps? From the Caribbean and eat filamentous algae and diatoms. Never heard they were any more trouble than any other turbo. They are smaller than Mexicans though.

If that's what you were talking about anyway
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who was he intending to sell them to if not to you? what particularly about your setup did he say they were incompatible with?
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You can find em online for roughly $3-4 a piece, fore shipping of course.
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Not sure Mandown...he pointed me toward the Mexican Snails, which he said were voracious eaters. Maybe because I told him I have only 10 snails in my 20 gallon?
I might go back and grab a couple. IF you haven't seen them before, they are beautiful. They look almost like one of those Orange Cream popsicles in color
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Probably the "red footed turbo" Norrisia norrisi?Was just the fleshy part reddish? They are a cold water species which is why they aren't that long lived in aquariums. I tried one once a while ago before I knew what they were and it lived only a few weeks.
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I've seen those locally also (orange shelled, turbo looking things). The LFS that had them said they were "trying them out" but weren't having much luck with them. Even though I wasn't acting like I wanted to buy one, they pretty much told me not to buy any - tough to keep alive. When I've gone back to that fish store, I've noticed there are a LOT of nice orange shells for their hermits to choose from now!

CluelessinNY... one thing about the coloration of snail shells - once your coralline algae starts taking off in your tank, it really doesn't matter what the shell's color is because it'll be covered with coralline within a few months. So that pretty orange shell won't stay pretty very long.
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Ultimate Aquatics Reef Janitors Cleaning Crew Turbo Snails

'There is also another Turban snail Norrisia norrision the market (the red/red footed turban snail). These guys live on giant kelp in the cool waters off California, so not a good choice for the reef aquarium!'
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Thanks guys.
Kurt, I have already noticed my hermits getting algae growth on their shells I guess it's a good point. My snails will look all gnarly after a while anyway.

Thanks for the artcile CaptainA...I've already had to reach in and "right side up" my snails a few times this week Supposedly, the Mexicans can right themselves.
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