Ornamental Snails Tropical Fish Information

Ornamental Snails
Behaviour Slow moving, peaceful, scavenger. Varies in size from one to several cm
Max size 5cm
Tank Area All surfaces
Min Tank Size 30cm
Temp Min: 18℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Algae, sinking foods
pH Range 7-8.5
Hardness m,h,vh
Apple Snail
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Ornamental Snails (Generic)

Ornamental Snails Tropical Fish Learn all about the Ornamental Snails's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Ornamental Snails is the right fish for your aquarium.

Large ornamental snails are tropical species which can be kept successfully in most aquariums with small peaceful fish. Unlike 'pest' snail species, Ornamental Snails are unlikely to breed rapidly and overcome the aquarium. The snails will feed mostly on algae and sinking fish foods, and the diet can be supplemented with vegetable matter. Although larger snails will damage delicate plant species they can usually be kept with hardy plants without difficulty. Although a good algae eater, Snails are not the best option for keeping an aquarium free from algae, and algae eating fish will often do a better job. The aquarium should contain hiding spots, air space above water, and a well-fitted lid to prevent the snails escaping. Be careful when using chemicals in the aquarium since snails are very sensitive to heavy metals and chemicals, especially copper-based products. Eventual sizes of snails depends on species. Most snails under normal aquarium conditions will live for 1-2 years, although some can live considerably longer.

Snails sold for the aquarium

There are several species of snail sold for the aquarium.

Family Neritidae - nerite snails are well known as excellent algae eaters. Although they do lay eggs, they do not hatch in an aquarium so they will never over-run a tank. There are several species available, in different sizes and colours.

Family Ampullariidae. There are two main genuses within this family. Apple snails, several species in the genus Pomacea - The giant or Columbian ramshorn, Marisa cornuarietis, a brown striped snail which is known to eat live plants.

Family Planorbidae - ramshorn snails. There are several species in the genus Planorbis, ranging from tiny pest snails to their larger cousins which come in many colours.

Family Pachychilidae - there are two gensuses sold for aquariums Faunus, or lava snails, are cone shaped snails, and can grow to several inches Tylomelania, Sulawesi or rabbit snails, another large cone shaped snail.

Family Thiaridae - the best known snails in this family are the cone shaped Malaysian trumpet snails, Maelanoides tubercularia. Unlike other snails, these spend the hours of daylight in the substrate. They are known to eat left over fish food and are useful for their tunnelling behaviour which keeps sand substrates free from gas pockets.

Ornamental Snails Facts

Family Various | Synonyms Numerous | Other names Golden Apple Snail, Rabbit snail, Tiger snail, Zebra Nerite snail, Red nerite snail | Origin Tropical Regions | Breeding Under good conditions will breed easily. See main text | Natural Habitat Varied water habitats | Sexing Many snails are hermaphrodites but not all. The apple snail for example can be sexed by looking inside the shell opening to see the penial complex. This will not be visible in females. Just take the snail out of the water and keep it upside down. The snail will stretch its foot out (as if it is trying to flip over). Once it has extended out to a point, If you look to the right of the mantle, You should see a large penis sheath in front of the gills. In a female snail the sheath will be absent.

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