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The Cat's Eye Snail, scientifically known as Turbo fluctuosus, is a fascinating and beneficial addition to marine aquariums. With its unique appearance and algae-cleaning behavior, the Cat's Eye Snail is valued by aquarists for its role in maintaining a healthy and clean tank environment.


  • Average Size: 1-2 inches
  • Max Size: 2 inches
  • Tank Size Required: Suitable for various tank sizes, depending on the aquarium's needs.


Temperament: The Cat's Eye Snail is peaceful and contributes positively to the aquarium environment. It is known for its algae-eating habits, helping to control algae growth on rocks and aquarium glass.


Unique Traits: This snail is recognized by its conical shell, which often has a glossy appearance reminiscent of a cat's eye. The shell can vary in color, including shades of brown and green. The Cat's Eye Snail is active during the day and adept at reaching algae in different tank locations.


Origin: Native to the Indo-Pacific region, Cat's Eye Snails are commonly found in coral reefs and rocky areas. They prefer environments with ample algae growth for grazing.


Other Names:

  • Cat's Eye Turbo Snail
  • Turban Snail


Care Level: Easy


Diet: The primary diet of the Cat's Eye Snail consists of algae. It is effective in consuming various types of algae, including green hair algae and diatoms. While it primarily relies on natural algae in the aquarium, supplementing its diet with seaweed sheets or algae-based pellets can be beneficial.


Characteristics and Looks: The Cat's Eye Snail features a conical shell with a glossy surface, resembling a cat's eye. Its foot, which it uses for locomotion, is typically seen gliding across surfaces as it grazes on algae. The snail's feeding habits make it a valuable asset in maintaining a clean and balanced tank.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • gH (General Hardness): 8-12 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 8-12 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 32-45 ppm
  • Temperature: 74-78°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Cat's Eye Snail

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