The Banded Trochus Snail is a popular one with marine aquarists of all experience levels. The Banded Trochus is easy to care for and very a very good worker in your cleanup crew.
Aquarists appreciate the ease with which Banded Trochus Snails breed in the aquarium. It reproduces sexually by releasing gametes into the water column. The gametes appear as a cloudy, white substance. Breeding activity is usually sparked by changes in lighting or water conditions. Gametes join and develop into free-swimming larvae that eventually settle into your substrate and develop into mature snails over a few months.
As a rule of thumb, you can keep one snail for every two to three gallons of aquarium water. The Banded Trochus Snail is very peaceful and the shape of its shell means it is not easily eaten by crabs. Unlike its close relative, the Tectus Snail, the Banded Trochus Snail can right itself when knocked over.
This Snail does best in a well-established aquarium with lots of hiding places and room to feed. It naturally eats algae, cyanobacteria, and diatoms. The Banded Trochus is also feeds on film algae however, only passively graze on other nuisance algae, such as hair algae.
Trochus sp. is sensitive to high nitrate levels and intolerant of copper-based medications. It requires a drip acclimation to the system . If food levels are low in your aquarium, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. Though Trochus Snails seem to breed easily, there are no distinguishing characteristics between males and females.