Money Cowrie (Cypraea sp.)
Phylum: Mollusca, Class: Gastropoda
Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Size: 1 in. Space:: 10+ gal. Diet: Filamentous algae, diatoms
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Money Cowrie is an avid feeder on algae in rocky reef zones. It eats filamentous alga, cyanobacteria, and diatoms. They inhabit intertidal zones where temperatures and salinity fluctuate.
Husbandry: The Money Cowrie is commonly used to control nuisance algae in captivity. An aquarium with a healthy growth of algae is an excellent place for this snail. It may be attacked and killed by hermit crabs. It will only feed on algae. It is very tolerant of temperature and salinity changes.
AKA: Ring Cowrie
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