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Description
Red Foot Moon Snail
(Norrisia norrisii)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 2"
Diet: Herbivore
Aquarium Level: Substrate & Rocks
Minimum Tank Size: 12 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: Red, Orange, Brown, Tan
Origin: West Coastal Areas US & Mexico
Family: Trochidae
Species: Snails
Species Information
Red Foot Moon Snails originate from the coastal waters on the pacific coast of Mexico. It is found in small crevices and caves along the coast feeding on a variety of marine algae. Since the waters off the pacific coast of Mexico are much cooler than the more tropical locations of most marine aquarium species, the Red Foot Moon Snails requires cooler aquarium water temperatures of around 70 to 75 degrees. While this species does have some specific water temperature requirements, it is an excellent tank cleaner that will readily consume most any type of marine algae and is reef safe.
Aquarium Care
The Red Foot Moon Snail requires an aquarium with lots of live rock to provide it with both caves and crevices in which to live along with plenty of area for it to graze on algae. This species will readily consume most any type of marine algae found in the aquarium environment, and will readily graze on live rock, glass aquarium walls and the substrate.
This species is considered moderately difficult to keep due to its water temperature requirements. The Red Foot Moon Snail originates from cooler waters than most coral reef species found in the aquarium environment, and requires cooler water temps around 70 to 75 degrees. It is important to provide calcium since it uses calcium to build it shell as it grows. As with most all marine invertebrates, the Red Foot Moon Snail is sensitive to high copper levels and high nitrate levels.
Feeding & Nutrition
The Red Foot Moon Snail is a pure herbivore, that will readily consume hair algae, green slime algae, red diatom algae, film algae and more. However, if there is not enough algae present in the aquarium, its diet can be supplemented with marine algae tablets or dried seaweed. Excellent algae clean up crew member suitable for both FOWLR and reef aquarium environments.
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