Banded Black Foot Trochus Snail (Trochus niloticus) Captive Bred ORA™
Tired of always replacing dead snails? The Captive Bred ORA Trochus Snail makes a hardy and sustainable alternative to wild-caught snails. This mid-sized reef-safe snail is well known by reef aquarists for its super-sized appetite. Most notably, it has the welcomed habit of clearing algal films from tank walls. It is an attractive animal with purple bands running over its shell. Unlike so many other snails available, this species is truly tropical and won’t overheat in conventional reef tanks. Moreover, unlike certain other snail types, Trochus snails can right themselves if they fall from the glass or rock surface. These are tank-bred specimens, which have an overall better survivability in captivity than their wild-caught counterparts. We also offer Captive Bred Cerith Snails to further complete your clean up crew.
Size and Care Requirements:
Approx. size: 0.5″-1″
Max Size: 1″
Reef Safe? Yes
Water Temp: 72-78F
More About the Banded Black Foot Trochus Snail
“The shell of the Trochus Snail is very attractive with long purple or reddish bands, making them prized by marine aquarists for their ornamental qualities as well as their algae-eating tendencies. Its shape is that of a cone with a sharply pointed spire and flattened bottom, usually with eight to ten whorls. In addition to making these snails look great, the shape and durability of the shell helps to protect the animal from its predators.
Trochus snails, unlike many other aquarium snail types, are able to right themselves if they fall, which also minimizes the risk of attacks by other animals (this good trait also reduces the amount of time the keeper must take to turn over fallen snails). Its foot is black with a white or off-white underside. A smallish, thin operculum covers the opening when the snail is hiding within its shell…” Read the full article on Trochus Snails in the reef aquarium at the AlgaeBarn Blog.
100% Alive On Arrival (AOA) Guarantee for Captive Bred Snails
We guarantee that every snail we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should they arrive in any other state, we will either replace them free of charge (including shipping). If the total livestock loss is less than $20, we will issue store credit. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.
Ocean, Reefs, and Aquariums™ (ORA™) is a world leader in marine aquaculture. In addition to captive bred fish, they also produce many species of captive bred marine invertebrates. If you would like more information about how captive bred snails are bred and raised in captivity, please visit their website.
Victor Clark –
These snails have been great in my tank. Purchased 5 and they looked exactly like the picture. They were clean with no algae or other pests and they went right to work after acclimating to my tank parameters. I will be buying more as soon as I can and they are in stock.
Chris Santamaria (verified owner) –
Grew frustrated throwing money away on Astrea snails. Although inexpensive, they’re always short-lived. So many times I’ve come home to an Astrea – upside down on the substrate – clinging to life due to its inability to right itself. Although these Trochus are pricier, I anticipate it’s a much better value in the long run. All survived shipment/acclimation and seem to be thriving. No more constantly checking the tank to flip over half-dead snails. The fact that they’re tank-bred is a bonus.
tylerjaaxmusic (verified owner) –
Great for hair algae. Hardy and flip themselves over. They even have pretty shells. Highly recommended.
Ray (verified owner) –
Love these guy’s!!! They are so hearty and strong. very active and there shells have great colors. They are just some of the best snails I but in my tank.. A+
jjflounder1 (verified owner) –
Great addition to the cleanup crew… Cool addition to the MDT over all.
of the 5 Purchased back in December 2 are now well over 1-1/2 …. 1 in the Refugium is just over 2″.