These snails are often sold as algae grazers for the reef tank. Unfortunately, although they are awesome algae grazers, they are not the best choice for most systems
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Common Names: Margarita snail, Pearl snail
Origin: Eastern Pacific
Main Ecosystem: Deep, cooler waters
Care: Listed as easy
Potential size: 1″
Water Region: substrate, rocks
Lifespan: Unfortunately, not long lived.
Color: pearly gray
Acclimation: slow drip acclimation
Breeding: doesn’t breed in captivity
Comments: These snails are often sold as algae grazers for the reef tank. Unfortunately, although they are awesome algae grazers, they are not the best choice for our systems. These snails are found in deep cool water (39 degrees or lower) and the warm water of our tanks shorten their lives significantly. Even with the high mortality rates, they continue to sell them. There are much better choices and these snails IMO should not be sold.