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Malaysian Trumpet Snail
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(Melanoides tuberculata) Easy 1" 10 Peaceful Omnivore 68-80° F, dkh 9-13, pH 7.0-8.0 Varied Malaysia Snails Thiaridae Snails For aquarium hobbyist's who are looking for a beneficial snail species to consume excess algae and detritus in their planted or tropical community aquarium, they need look no further then the Malaysian Trumpet Snail. Malaysian Trumpet Snail are an attractive species of tropical snails that have a variety of shapes, colors and patterns which provide not only aesthetic beauty, but bring functional utility as well. They are renowned for their ability to clean algae from aquarium glass, plants and rocks; as well as, burrowing into the substrate to eat detritus and aerate the substrate. All in all they bring a lot of biological benefits to the aquarium and look good while they do it. While some snails have developed a reputation as an aquarium pest, the Malaysian Trumpet Snail has firmly established itself as a very desirable addition to any tropical community or planted community aquarium. Malaysian Trumpet Snail's do very well in a variety of tropical aquarium setups ranging from shrimp tanks to community fish and planted aquariums. They can handle a relatively wide range of temperatures and water conditions, given that the changes are gradual. While they do not have specific aquarium requirements, they do best in established aquariums that have stable water conditions and existing algae and detritus on which they can feed. Malaysian Trumpet Snail's have become very popular within the hobby as they do not tend to over multiply and will not consume live plants or sinking foods meant for bottom dwelling fish or inverts. They are also quite beneficial as they clean and aerate the aquarium substrate and clean algae from aquarium glass and plants. They should not be exposed to copper or copper based medicines as these can harm or kill snails and other invertebrates. The Malaysian Trumpet Snail's diet is ideal for the community aquarium hobbyist, as they consume both algae and detritus. They do not harm live plants and can even benefit them by eating algae that grows on the plants leaves. Malaysian Trumpet Snail's should not need supplemental feeding when kept in established planted or community aquariums as they will generally find plenty of detritus in the substrate and algae growth to keep them well fed. However, in less established aquariums they can be fed sinking algae pellets or wafers to supplement their diet. Like most tropical snail species, the Malaysian Trumpet Snail is a prolific breeder that will multiply based on the conditions and amount of food available to them. When kept in an aquarium without an over-abundance of algae or detritus, the Malaysian Trumpet Snail should not breed to problematic levels. In fact if the Malaysian Trumpet Snail begins to breed too large of numbers, it is a clear sign that the aquarium has an over-abundance of detritus or algae present in the system. Malaysian Trumpet Snail produce live young instead of eggs and do not have any special breeding requirements.
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Mystery Snail
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(Pomacea bridgesii) Easy 6" 55 Peaceful Omnivore 65-82° F, pH 6.0-8.0, KH 3-8 white, tan, yellow, blue, black South America, Central America, Southeastern US Snails Ampullariidae Snails Mystery Snails are commonly found within the aquarium hobby, and due to their availability, bright coloration and ease of care have also become quite popular with many freshwater aquarium hobbyists. Mystery Snails have a very mixed following with one group of hobbyists loving them, while other hobbyists have come to despise them all together. While they are attractive and are incredible consumers of algae, they do come with some negative traits as well. Due to their healthy appetite they can grow very large and reach sizes upwards of 6 inches, which only compounds the negatives against them. While the pros and cons of this species are very real, the key to keeping the Mystery Snail is keeping them in a suitable environment where their positives can be enjoyed and their negatives minimized. Mystery Snails come in a variety of colors and shell patterns including brown, tan, white or yellow and even blue, purple, pink, and jade, with or without banding on their shells. They exhibit different coloration between their bodies and shells with distinct contrasts like purple bodies and yellow and white shells being quite common. Mystery snails are sold within the aquarium hobby under a variety of names including the golden Mystery snail, ivory snail, blue mystery snail, golden Mystery Snail and most likely others as well. Mystery Snails do best in aquarium environments that take into account their strong appetites for algae and other vegetable matter along with their large size. They have an appetite for more than just algae as they will readily consume vegetable matter, invertebrate pellets and some live plants as well if sufficient algae or other more desirable foodstuffs are not available. They will also out compete many other invertebrate species for food, as they use their size to push other invertebrates like shrimp away from food that falls to the substrate. Mystery Snails have very healthy appetites and will quickly turn to other foodstuffs if algae is not available. It is for this reason that they are not recommended for many planted aquariums as they can put a lot of pressure on delicate or slow growing plant species. While Mystery Snails prefer algae, they will readily consume vegetables, plants, fish foods, brine shrimp, insects and even dead fish or other decaying matter that they come across while scavenging the aquarium bottom. If you keep this species with live plants be sure to provide them algae wafers, vegetable based sinking pellets or pieces of vegetable so that they will not turn on the plants living in the aquarium. In the home aquarium, Mystery Snails are more active at night, while during the day they will usually stay in more shaded or darker area of the aquarium. When it is night time, the Mystery snail becomes active and engages in behaviors relating to feeding, as well as mating and laying eggs. They are very easy to breed and if reasonable aquarium conditions of warm water temperatures and clean water are met, they will most likely breed to the point where excess specimens will need to be removed from the aquarium.
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Horned Nerite Snail
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(Clithon corona) Easy 1/2" 10 Peaceful Omnivore 65-85° F, KH 5-12, pH 6.5-8.0 Tan, Brown, Black, Yellow Asia, South Pacific Snails Neritidae Snails The Horned Nerite Snail is named for its horn like appendages on its shell. The shell of the Horned Nerite Snail is very sturdy, with the horns providing them a defense mechanism against fish trying to eat them, or even human beings during handling. It is an extremely docile creature and does not bother any other inhabitants. The Horned Nerite Snail is quite small, with its average size being approximately 1/2" in diameter. It's small size does not take away from the beauty of this snail and allows it to get into places to eat algae that other larger snails cannot reach. The Horned Nerite has a beautiful black, tan, brown and yellow swirl coloration, that as it grows the color pattern continues to become wider and more pronounced. The coloration and swirl appears in even the smallest specimens. There are other color varieties of the Horned Nerite Snail, some with interesting patterns and different swirl coloration. Horned Nerite snails are highly regarded in the aquarium environment due to the fact that they feed voraciously on various brown and green algae that are commonly found in established freshwater aquarium substrate, rocks, plants and glass. At the same time Horned Nerite Snails will not touch living plants or desirable mosses. If algae populations decline, its appetite can be easily satisfied with algae wafers, Spirulina discs or fresh vegetable pieces. They are as resilient to a wide variety of environmental conditions as they are used to frequent habitat changes, doing well at temperatures ranging from the 50’s to the upper 80’s (F) and in waters of 6.3-8.4 in pH. They do have a reputation for climbing out of an open top aquarium and can survive out of water for some time, thus it is advisable to check for them outside the aquarium from time to time to make sure none have escaped. The Horned Nerite Snail is a substrate and plant scavenger that will consume algae, debris, and uneaten food from within the aquarium. Even though the Horned Nerite Snail is small in size it has an excellent appetite for algae. They make an excellent tank cleaner that will keep glass spotless and also clean algae off of rocks and plant leaves. Their small size allows them to clean algae off of leaves without causing damage to the plant and allows them to clean smaller plants that would not be able to support the weight of larger snail species. If insufficient food is present, supplement with a quality vegetable based wafer or vegetable based food. They will also readily accept fresh vegetables (squash or lettuce), but if fresh vegetables are used it is important to remove the uneaten vegetable after a few days so that it does not rot. In order to reproduce, the Horned Nerite Snail requires brackish water as it has a marine larval stage, with adult snails living for about 1 year under proper conditions. The Horned Nerite Snail originates from Southeast Asia and can be found in the lower regions of rivers or deltas where they meet coastal marine waters. Like most freshwater invertebrates available within the aquarium hobby, Horned Nerite Snails should not be kept with aggressive fish species like N.W. Cichlids or African Cichlids as they will quickly become a meal for them.
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Olive Nerite Snail
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(Nerita sp.) Easy 1" 10 Peaceful Omnivore 65-85° F, KH 5-12, pH 6.5-8.0 Green, Black Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico Snails Mytiloidae Snails The Olive Nerite Snail is an efficient scavenger that makes an ideal addition for freshwater community aquariums. They have an attractive shell of marble-sized olive to brownish-green coloration, which is often colonized by tiny barnacles, adding to its interesting appearance. They are a popular choice for keeping uneaten food and algae in check, while at the same time it will not unexpectedly overpopulate your aquarium since the Olive Nerite Snail cannot be bred in freshwater. In order to reproduce, the Olive Nerite Snail requires brackish water as it has a marine larval stage, with adult snails living for about 1 year under proper conditions. The Olive Nerite Snail originates from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean and can be found in the lower regions of rivers where they meet coastal marine waters. Like most freshwater invertebrates available within the aquarium hobby, Olive Nerite Snails should not be kept with aggressive fish species like N.W. Cichlids or African Cichlids as they will quickly become a meal for them. Olive Nerite snails are highly regarded in the aquarium environment due to the fact that they feed only on the various brown and green algae that are commonly found in established freshwater aquarium substrate, rocks, plants and glass. At the same time Nerite Snails will not touch living plants or desirable mosses. If algae populations decline, its appetite can be easily satisfied with algae wafers, Spirulina discs or fresh vegetable pieces. They are as resilient to a wide variety of environmental conditions as they are used to frequent habitat changes, doing well at temperatures ranging from the 50’s to the upper 80’s (F) and in waters of 6.3-8.4 in pH. The Olive Nerite Snail is a substrate and plant scavenger that will consume debris, uneaten food, and algae in the pond or aquarium. If insufficient food is present, supplement with a quality vegetable based wafer or pellet food. They will also readily accept fresh vegetables (squash or lettuce), but if fresh vegetables are used it is important to remove the uneaten vegetable after a few days so that it does not rot.
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