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Paper Bubble Shell
(Bulla gouldiana)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 2"
Diet: Herbivore
Aquarium Level: Substrate & Rocks
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
Supplements: None
Coloration: Tan, Brown
Origin: Eastern Pacific
Family: Bullidae
Species: Sea Slugs
Species Information
The Paper Bubble Shell resembles a snail at first glance with its tan mottled shell and very large mantle that can be withdrawn into the shell. However, this invertebrate is actually a Sea Slug, in a class called the Headshield Slugs, which have developed this hard shell on their back in which they use to bury themselves in the substrate. Paper Bubble Shell slugs are reef safe, and are an excellent addition to any saltwater reef or fish aquarium.
Aquarium Care
The Paper Bubble Shell is sought after in marine aquariums because it eats large amounts of algae and diatoms. A well-established marine aquarium with plenty of live rock and microalgae is a good environment for to house sea slugs. Nitrates should be kept at low levels and it should never be exposed to copper-based medications.
Unlike many other Sea Slugs the Paper Bubble Shell does not release toxins into the water when threatened, but instead uses its hardened shell as protection. Little is known about the reproduction habits of the Paper Bubble Shell, but they may reproduce in the marine aquarium given an adequate food source.
Feeding & Nutrition
If insufficient forms of algae or diatoms are not present in the aquarium, the Papper Bubble Shells diet will need to be supplemented with dried seaweed or equivalent food sources.
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