View Full Version : Turbo snails lifespan and reason for demise??

04/13/2008, 05:32 PM
My tank has been up and running for over 6 months, soft corals, a few hard corals and fish have all done very well, have several type of snails that have been in the tank for 5 months or longer, but I can not keep turbo snails alive. I have bought the larger ones, keep tank perameters in check everything else does fine.

is there possibly something I am missing that turbos are really sensitive to???:confused:

04/13/2008, 06:12 PM
I've never had any long term success with turbos either. Think they might be be used to temperatures that are a little cooler then what we might keep are tanks at. My tank will vary between 75 to 86 throughout the year and no luck.

04/13/2008, 06:27 PM
My tank stays at around 78 degrees most of the time with very little varieance.

04/13/2008, 08:35 PM
Your LFS may be importing Mexican turbo snails, which need a cooler temp. Same with margarita snails.

04/13/2008, 10:11 PM
Is it possible they don't have enough of a food source? Perhaps tehres a predator in your tank you can't find? (crab, flatworm, etc)

Just a few more thoughts to add to the temperature

04/14/2008, 05:02 PM
Try to buy tecta sp. star shells. I bought 8 for my tank over 3 years ago and i still have 6 of them.

04/14/2008, 09:18 PM
they have plenty to eat thats not the issue, Astreas and and all the smaller snails have done very well.

04/15/2008, 01:26 PM
Mexican Turbos and Margaritas do well in my tank, as do nassarius, tongan conchs, ceriths, bumble bees and stomatellas, but astreas almost always die. I started out with a good sized group of them, and have one survivor.

04/22/2008, 08:56 PM
I think you may find some clues/answers in this article:


See especially the sections titled:
- Acclimation Problems, Or Why Do They Die?
- Caveat Emptor