Abalone, Tropical
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Abalone, Tropical
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Abalone, Tropical (Haliotis sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 3"
Color Form Clear
Diet Herbivore
Origin Asia, Fiji
Family Haliotidae
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Overview

The shell of the Abalones of the Haliotis genus is tear-shaped and has an irridescent interior. The mantle has numerous papillae. It is generally nocturnal, finding refuge in holes or crevices in the rocks or coral during the day, and coming out to forage at night, using its foot to glide over the substrate and coral rubble. The foot attaches very firmly, so use extreme caution if attempting to remove it from glass or rocks.

The Abalone is useful in reef aquariums because it eats algae. The Abalone has a calcium-based shell which protects it from most predators, but requires the maintenance of proper calcium levels in the water for proper growth. Nitrates should be kept at low levels and it should never be exposed to copper-based medications.

While its diet is almost exclusively algae, it would benefit from supplementation with dried seaweed, blanched lettuce, spinach, or Spirulina sheets/tablets.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

Doug Carbine Carlsbad , CA
These are the weirdest, freakiest, coolest invertebrates I have ever put in my tank. They are like Godzilla versions of stomatella snails. I purchased two from Live Aquaria and am so fascinated by them I just ordered two more. They are super adherent and had one try to attach to my hand when I placed it in the tank. You can really feel the power of the attachment and the recommendation to be very careful when trying to remove them from a rock is a good one. They are somewhat secretive but so far nothing seems to bother them. They seem very content working over my algae covered rocks
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