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Margarita Snail
(Margarites pupillus)
Margarita Snail Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1"
Color Form Black, White
Diet Herbivore
Origin Eastern Pacific
Family Trochacea
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Overview

The Margarita Snail is one of the most sought after home reef inhabitants. This is because they can consume large amounts of algae, including nuisance hair varieties. Plus, unlike some snails, Margarites pupillus is non-venomous and peaceful towards corals, invertebrates, and other tankmates. Also known as the Stomatella Limpet, Little Margarite, and Pearl or Pearly Topped Snail, the Margarita Snail has a brown body and smooth, turban-shaped shell and may grow up to 1" as an adult.

The Margarita Snail does well in the home aquarium provided it is well established and has an ample algae source for the Margarita Snail to feed upon. For best care, they should be kept at cooler water temperatures with other peaceful tankmates. However, most Margarita Snails can adjust to an aquarium with a water temperature as high as 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like other invertebrates, the Margarita Snail is sensitive to high nitrate levels and copper-based medications. Also, it should be acclimated to new aquariums using the drip acclimation method. The Margarita Snail is sensitive to even small changes in water parameters including pH, temperature, and alkalinity. To promote shell growth, supplement calcium levels in your aquarium.

Keep in mind that the Margarita Snail will starve if algae levels become sparse. Therefore, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. To feed, use an algae clip or wrap the seaweed around a rock or empty shell and place into your aquarium, next to the glass.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1"

Customer Testimonials

Raymond Watkins Greenwood , IN
Definately one of those species that is a must for a good marine aquarium. These guys are among the best little algae eaters that I have found. They tirelessly roam over my live rock, my glass, and my substrate rasping away any nuisance algae they find.
Mackenzie Hartman Milan , IN
These little guys roam all day eating the algae. They all arrived in tip-top shape, and began eating as soon as they were released into the aquarium. The snails we recieved had a very nice purple shell! A must for algae.
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