Banded Trochus Snails
I have experimented with nearly every type of snail available to aquarists and found one clear winner when it comes to lifespan, reproduction, and of course algae control. The Banded Trocus Snail is a champion among snails.
When it comes to lifespan I haven’t had any other snails outlast the Banded Trocus. I have had them live for years and rarely had to intervene to flip them over when they fall off the rocks. Unlike most snails they have the ability to self right their shells. If you have hermit crabs and other aggressive tank mates you know how expensive it can be to continually replace your snails as they are completely vulnerable when on their backs.
They are also one of the most successful breeders in captivity and readily breed in healthy systems. So with 5 original snails I was able to not only populate other tanks of mine but was able to trade them with friends for coral frags. As you know we are very interested in responsible reef keeping and Banded Trocus Snails are a perfect example of how the best choice for your tanks can also be the best choice for sustaining coral reefs and our hobby.
When it comes to algae control there are few rivals to the Banded Trocus. They will readily consume many types of nuisance algae including cyanobacteria and film algae. While some say they are not great for hair algae, I haven’t had any snails that will consume it when it gets over about a millimeter in length. Combining other algae grazers with Banded Trocus snails will provide the most complete coverage as there isn’t a single algae solution that is 100% effective. If you are new to the hobby or you have been viewing snails as a monthly purchase give these guys a try you won’t be disappointed.