Turbo snails

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  1. ZeroCool

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    hi everyone,

    a quick question about turbo snails ... do they also multiply like normal fresh water snails and take over the tank ?

    I currently have 2 in, but want 2 more .. but I am scared they will make endless babies and take over my piece of underwater sea.

    Lol, silly question hey ! ...
     
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  3. lanzo

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    no they wont multiply like fresh water snails....they do lay eggs but i haven't ever seen one hatch out and grow big
     
  4. Tony

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    I've got some babies that I transfered from my old setup. They're about 5mm across. they say that turbos live for about 30 years and these guys I have had for about a year and a half and they as big as mentioned.

    To get back to your point, don't add too many otherwise they may strip the tank of food and starve to death.
     
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    Turbo's live to 30 years ? ? ? Flippin hell that's impressive . . . And quite a responsibility too !
     
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    and knock over everything in their path that isn't weighted down.
     
  7. Tony

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    Breanda do you know how long they live? I've read thirty years but I may be wrong. Mine are taking forever to get big so I may be right with what I've read
     
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    Hey guys are we supposed to give these buggers empty "larger than themselves" shells so that they grow? I seen one of my dudes climb out of his shell and cruize around for awhile them scramble back into shell before nearly getting chewed up but one of the fishies!
     
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    To my knowledge the average is about 3 years.
     
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    Thats 30 years in Snail years!!!!:razz:
     
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    LOL
     
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    I have never seen a Turbo snail leave its own shell.
     
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    I've been researching the lifespan of snails and cant seem to find anthing on astraeas. There was an article on reefkeeping.com by Ron Shimeck where he mentions that they can live for ages and he had found certain species with 120 annual growth rings which is a 120 year old snail
     
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    I sent a message off to a friend of mine regarding the life span, this is the response I got:

    I've always heard around three years, but that in the right environment, it's possible for them to live "for decades". Apparently a lot of the Turbo spp. sold are actually from cooler waters, instead of tropical. They end up living an accellerated life in reef tanks and die early.

    Seems like I read somewhere that Astraea/Lithopoma spp., can live something like 20 years(?). Don't know how accurate that is, but I had some hitchhike into my tanks on rock from Florida and they're still going on strong 7 years later.
     
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    The article also mentioned cooler water snails being sold to hobbyists.

    Here's a pic I took a while ago and this guys was about 2mm across. They have since doubled in size. I'm sure we just get the adults which are near the end of their lives.

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