Aquarium Snails: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly - PetGuide

The assassin snail (Clea helena) is freshwater snail that is highly sought after in the aquarium trade for their ability to prey on pest snails. They are found throughout much of Southeast Asia, and are native to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Ramshorn Snail .:. Planorbis rubrum .:. Freshwater Aquarium Snail Species Information Page

Several species of snails suited for freshwater aquariums that can be easily found in popular pet stores. You can also order them online from reputable dealers.

Freshwater Aquarium Snails: Pests or Pets? | Home Aquaria

The ramshorn snail is a common pest in the freshwater aquarium. Pictured is Planorbella trivolvis. Mystery Snails: One of the most readily available freshwater snails in pet stores are . These freshwater snails have shells that are generally on the dark side, with light brown and dark brown accent colors and stripes. Other Mystery Snail shells can be ivory white. The color patterns of Mystery Snails shells are unique and nearly limitless. Mystery Snails can be great aquarium cleaners, feeding on a diet of uneaten food, and dead or decaying plant matter. Mystery Snails also like supplements of bottom feeder tablets, pellets, algae wafers and fish flakes. These freshwater snails are notorious escape artists, so it’s very important to keep tanks covered to the extent possible. If there is a way out of the tank, the odds are Mystery Snails will eventually find it.

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Gold Inca Snails: A popular type of freshwater snails in pet store display tanks are . Gold Inca Snails can be good tank cleaners. Their bright yellow shells can add an accent color to a tank especially against green plants or a black background. Gold Inca Snails can be ferocious eaters. They are always on the prowl for a bite to eat and are very interested in soft algae buildup on hard surfaces. These freshwater snails also like supplements of bottom feeder tablets, pellets, fish flakes and algae wafers, as well as some types of blanched green vegetables. Some Gold Inca Snails may also be interested in eating live aquarium plants much to the chagrin of hobbyists.

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Hi, I have been looking for freshwater Neritidae snails. Can you pleasetell me if you handle them or where to get them? Also, in theinformation that I have been able to find about them, some say thatthey will not multiply and others that they will. Which is right?

Consequently these snails aren't easy to breed in captivity. Thereare a very few exceptions, like the European species Theodoxusfluviatilis, that can complete their life cycle in freshwater. But theones you see in pet shops, such as the African zebra Nerite Neritinanatalensis and the Indo-Pacific zebra Nerite Vittina coromandelianawill not breed under aquarium conditions. Cheers,Neale.>