Ninja Star Snails

Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


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Product Description

Ninja Star snails is our descriptive name for this species of star snails.  They were formally named Astrea phobia, but the new scientific name for them is Lithopoma phobium.  They are closely related to the regular “astrea “ star snails, but have very pronounced spikes around the edge of their shell throughout most of their life.  They get quite a bit bigger than the standard astrea snails, and when full grown they can be 2” across.

These snails inhabit pretty much the same habitats as the other astrea snails, but they are very difficult to find and available in very limited quantities.  They will eat just about any thin film algae, but will also eat hair algae and other nuisance algae.  They don’t seem to eat coralline algae, and usually don’t bother caulerpas, most calcareous algae, and most fleshy macro algae.  They may forage on some of the larger algae, but unless they are really hungry they don’t tend to eat them.  They don’t generally eat bubble algae; so if you’re having a problem with it, get some green or red mithrax crabs.

Please Note:  Any new fish purchased from us or from a local pet store should to be quarantined.  All fish from anywhere in the wild can be possible carriers of bacteria and protozoa that can lead to an infection in your system, so we always recommend that you use some sort of quarantine system prior to adding them to your system.  If you have a fish only system and can medicate the whole system, you may not need a separate quarantine tank.  If you have a reef system that cannot be medicated, a good ultraviolet sterilization system should prevent any kind of disease outbreak.  We medicate our system for bacterial infections and protozoans, but because we don’’t always hold our fish for long periods of time, there is no way to be sure all the protozoan cysts have been killed.  A little bit of prevention will save you lots of trouble down the line.

7 reviews for Ninja Star Snails

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jessica (verified owner)

    Awesome snails. Good sized. Eating my algae!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    kcowpoke_2004 (verified owner)

    Got some of these cool-looking snails to help with a hair algae issue in my cousin’s tank. They’re doing an amazing job of clearing it away.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steph30aydenb (verified owner)

    All alive and moving and cleaning the tank. Cool and unique addition to the cleanup crew!

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Richard Andres

    I have never seen these for sale in a LFS, a very unique clean up crew item it seems you can only get here. I got six: the spikes on mine arent as sharp as depicted, and they move very slowly around the tank, but I would buy them again, very unique item.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Schwamkrug

    I got five of these guys, and they went straight to work on the algae and are constantly busy. Aside from that, they are very cool-looking snails you don’t see in LFS very often.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    michael mattox

    very nice looking snails, great algae foragers, really interesting shell growth.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Berry

    These snails are really cool. They are rarely found in fish stores and are excellent algae eaters.

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