freshwater snails

Freshwater Snails

Freshwater snails are gastropod mollusks which live in freshwater. There are many different families. They are found throughout the world in various habitats, ranging from temporary pools to the largest lakes, and from small springs to major rivers.

Freshwater Snails are a useful and attractive addition to many freshwater aquariums. Aquarists often add freshwater snails as tank cleaners in order to eat algae, uneaten food, dead plant matter and other debris. But freshwater snails can be much more than that. Freshwater snails do interesting things in a tank and have many intriguing behaviors to observe.

In other cases, freshwater snails are introduced accidentally and are sometimes considered nuisance pests.  Freshwater snails can hitchhike on live aquarium plants or in the plastic bag of store display tank water when adding purchased fish. Freshwater snails that most often enter a tank inadvertently are usually common pond snails. Some of the reasons why hobbyists consider these freshwater snails to be pests are related to egg laying, excessive reproduction and eating live plants.  Snails sold to aquarists will not cause the unsightly explosive multiplication of bland brown looking snails.

Aquarium snails are not always a nuisance in the freshwater aquarium, particularly the ones sold to Aquarists. Certain species are more likely than others to become a problem and it is always a good idea to avoid overfeeding. If you are looking for a simple way to control aquarium algae, introducing freshwater snails is a good solution.

Before purchasing freshwater snails for your tank, you need to make sure your tank is free of copper and other chemicals or medications that adversely effect invertebrates.  Also, many fish such as Clown Loaches and Gouramis will eat snails.  Beneficial freshwater snails will help keep undesirable snails from becoming a problem in a freshwater tank.

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Freshwater Snails Found in Aquariums

Mystery Freshwater Snails
Golden Mystery Freshwater Snails

Mystery Freshwater Snails – One of the most readily available freshwater snails in pet stores are Mystery Snails which are sometimes called Apple snails.  These large and striking freshwater snails are great for adding some color and decoration to your aquarium, but they also serve some useful purposes. They clean algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, they eat hair algae, and they keep your substrate clean and the correct color. They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful. Mystery snails are quite large as adults, growing 2 inches or more in size.  They can come in many different colors and variations and can even be ivory white. The color patterns of Mystery Snails shells are unique and nearly limitless.  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.  The various species of mystery snails might be fairly hardy creatures but it is a good idea to spend time acclimating them to your tank.

Recommended Tank Parameters:

-PH level range: 7.6 to 8.4

– Temperature range: 68 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit

– Water type: Hard

Nerite Freshwater Snails
Tiger Nerite Freshwater Snails

Nerite Freshwater Snails – Nerite Snails are widely known as one of, if not the most, voracious algae-eaters out of any freshwater snail.  These freshwater snails range in size from ½-inch to a full inch and they are available in a variety of types and colors. Nerite snails like the zebra nerite snail are very popular in the freshwater aquarium hobby. These snails are highly appreciated by aquarium hobbyists because they are both attractive and beneficial in the freshwater tank. These freshwater snails have the potential to breed quickly but some species, like the zebra nerite snail, are only likely to breed in brackish conditions. These freshwater snails will clean algae growths off tank walls, aquarium decorations and even plant leaves. With all nerite snails, it’s a good idea to make sure the water line in your aquarium isn’t too high, as these snails tend to climb up beyond the water line. Nerite snails do not tolerate water with high nitrate levels.

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
– PH level range: 6.5 to 8.5
– Temperature range: 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
– Water type: Medium hard

Assassin Freshwater Snails
Assassin Freshwater Snails

Assassin Freshwater Snails –  Aquarists will often keep Assassin Snails in their freshwater tanks to help keep populations of other freshwater snails in check.  The assassin snail, much like its name indicates, preys upon other snails in your freshwater tank.  Assassin Snails prowl the tank looking for other freshwater snails like Malaysian Trumpet Snails, Pond Snails, and Ramshorn Snails to eat.  This omnivorous mollusk is harmless to fish and shrimp, but will help control freshwater snail overpopulation in your tank. When nuisance freshwater snails begin to grow and eat live plants in the tank, the assassin snail will handle the infestation.

They are a very attractive color as well. Because of the black and yellow striping, they look fantastic on both light and dark colored substrates.  Having good substrate is important with Assassin Snails, as they love to burrow in it. Other than snails, they eat leftover fish flakes or invertebrate pellets.  Assassin snails grow to about 2″ long.

Recommended Tank Parameters:

– PH level range: 6.5 to 7.5

– Temperature range: 68 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit

– Water type: Soft to hard

Japanese Trapdoor Freshwater Snails
Japanese Trapdoor Freshwater Snails

Japanese Trapdoor Freshwater Snails – Japanese Trapdoor Snails are named for their operculum, which is a tough plate that protects the snail by forming a seal at the edge of the snail’s shell when its soft body is retracted inside. They are also known by the name Chinese Mystery Snails. They are large for freshwater snails, and are quite unusual-looking yet attractive. They vary in coloration and patterns, but usually have more natural-looking colors such as brown and green.

They also serve some very useful purposes. They clean algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, and they keep your substrate clean and the correct color. They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful. Trapdoor Snails are quite large as adults, growing up to 2″ in size.

With trapdoor snails, it’s a good idea to make sure the water line in your aquarium isn’t too high, as these freshwater snails tend to climb up to the water line to breathe air. Other than algae and biofilm, they also eat fish or invertebrate pellets and blanched vegetables such as zucchini, kale, spinach, or cucumber.

  • PH level range: 6.5 to 8.0

– Temperature range: 68 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit

– Water type: Soft to medium hard

Pond Freshwater Snails
Pond Freshwater Snails

Pond Freshwater Snails – Pond snails are the type of freshwater snails that often end up in tanks by accident. As you can see they are not particularly attractive, they multiply fast, and this is why snails sometimes have a bad reputation with freshwater aquarists.  Pond snails can make their way into tanks by being attached to live plants purchased from the store. Sometimes, they are even in the display tank water used to transport fish in the plastic bag from the store. Other times, live plants can have small pond snail eggs on them. Whether pond snails are considered to be a pet or pest depends on each hobbyist.

Freshwater Snails
Rabbit Freshwater Snails

Rabbit Freshwater Snails – Although they can be hard to find, the Rabbit snail is one of the more interesting freshwater snails. A Rabbit Snail is a peaceful, non-aggressive slow moving tank mate that can help keep tanks free of otherwise uneaten food and debris. Rabbit Snails have very intriguing look, and they can reproduce in fresh water.

Ramshorn Freshwater Snails
Blue Ramshorn Freshwater Snails

Ramshorn Freshwater Snails – For the most part, these freshwater snails are purchased for for sale in stores and can be fun to raise. They clean algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, they eat hair algae, and they keep your substrate clean and the correct color.  They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful.  For some, Ramshorn Snails, like pond snails, can accidentally make their way into tanks and be considered fast reproducing pests. Ramshorn Snails can be good tank cleaners interested in soft algae buildup on hard surfaces, as well as uneaten food, dead or decaying plant matter and food supplements. Ramshorn Snails lay eggs, reproduce in freshwater, and can quickly multiply in a tank. Whether Ramshorn Snails are considered to be a pet or pest depends on each hobbyist and the type of tank kept.

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:

– PH level range: 7.0 and up

– Temperature range: 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit

– Water type: Soft to hard

Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails
Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails

Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails – Another good freshwater snail for the aquarium is the trumpet snail. Trumpet snails are available in a variety of patterns and colors and they are generally very attractive. This species does not tend to feed on plants but it will feed on detritus. In fact, trumpet snails tend to burrow through the substrate, feeding on accumulated debris below the surface of the substrate. These freshwater snails tend to be active only at night and they do not generally disturb other tank inhabitants.

Malaysian Trumpet Snails are excellent CLEANING AGENTS for any freshwater fish tank or pond. They actively consume food remains on the bottom, rasping algae off stones, glass and live plants and overall – generating a more natural look in your fish tank.

Quite often, Malaysian Trumpet Snails emerge from the bottom and through their quite exotic looks enliven your underwater landscape. It is really fun to watch their slow movement and constant scraping of algae off rocks, aquarium decorations and live plants.

Malaysian Trumpet Snails are totally safe for aquarium plants – they will only eat algae and food remains that otherwise would rot on the bottom and spoil water quality.

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5 Tiger Eye Nerite Freshwater Snails (Neritina natalensis - 1/2 to 1 Inch in Diameter)
5 Tiger Eye Nerite Freshwater Snails (Neritina natalensis – 1/2 to 1 Inch in Diameter)

5 Tiger Eye Nerite Freshwater Snails (Neritina natalensis – 1/2 to 1 Inch in Diameter)

  • These snails’ shells resemble a highly-polished Tiger’s Eye stone.
  • These are Nerite Snails, so they absolutely never reproduce in freshwater – great for aquarium hobbyists who don’t want freshwater snails reproducing in their tanks!
  • Can grow to 1 1/2 inch in diameter, and are totally safe to keep with shrimp, fish, and live plants.
  • Nerite Snails are widely known as one of, if not the most, voracious algae-eaters out of any freshwater snail.

These beautifully colored freshwater snails are great for adding some sophistication to your aquarium, but they also serve some very useful purposes. They clean algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, they eat hair algae, and they keep your substrate clean and the correct color

5 Rare Blue Ramshorn Freshwater Snails. Great for pond & aquarium
5 Rare Blue Ramshorn Freshwater Snails. Great for pond & aquarium

5 Rare Blue Ramshorn Freshwater Snails. Great for pond & aquarium

  • You’ll receive at least 5 young Blue Leopard Ramshorn Snails (1/4 inches)
  • NOTE: young blue ramshorn look similar to brown leopard snail. Will gain more blue color as the age.
  • 100% Live arrive satisfactory guarantee by Kazen Aquatic (please contact within 24 hours)
  • Reproduces easily in freshwater aquariums. Great live food starter colony for puffers/etc!
  • Fantastic algae eaters! Will not eat living plants. Healthy Freshwater snail, raise in my own tank

These very vibrant freshwater snails are great for adding some color and decoration to your aquarium, but they also serve some very useful purposes.
They clean algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, they eat hair algae, and they keep your substrate clean and the correct color.
They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful. Hilarious if you have dwarf shrimp like I do – they love to ride around on the snails! Red Ramshorn snail shells range from a bright pink to a sharp-looking maroon, but most are closer toward the pink side of the spectrum.
The freshwater snails usually ship as pea sized snails, but may sometimes be smaller. However, even the smallest snail will be adult breeding size within 2 months.
Ramshorn snails are not picky at all about their water parameters, and they tend to reproduce like crazy in almost any conditions. If you run into problems with freshwater snail overpopulation, a few Assassin Snails will quickly take care of the problem.

12 Large (1/2" - 1") Japanese Trapdoor Freshwater Snails (Viviparus malleattus) Great for getting rid of algae!
12 Large (1/2″ – 1″) Japanese Trapdoor Freshwater Snails (Viviparus malleattus) Great for getting rid of algae!

12 Large (1/2″ – 1″) Japanese Trapdoor Freshwater Snails (Viviparus malleattus) Great for getting rid of algae!

  • A great addition to large tanks and outdoor ponds
  • Trapdoor snails are great for removing algae and unwanted leftover fish food
  • Work great in outdoor pond setups where they can keep algae growth to a minimum
  • Their shells can grow up to 2″ long and can range in color from light brown, to white, to a brilliant blue
  • A great “natural” looking freshwater snail
  • Japanese Trapdoor Snails would make a great addition to large fish tanks or outdoor ponds in your home garden. They are a peaceful freshwater snail that is great at knocking back and managing pesky algae growth. They get their name for their hard operculum, or “trapdoor” that protects their body when retracted . They are compatible with most fish, plants, and other inverts due to their size and peaceful demeanor.
5 Live Assassin Freshwater Snails (Clea helena - 1/2 to 1 Inch) - Removes All Pest Snails!
5 Live Assassin Freshwater Snails (Clea helena – 1/2 to 1 Inch) – Removes All Pest Snails!

5 Live Assassin Freshwater Snails (Clea helena – 1/2 to 1 Inch) – Removes All Pest Snails!

  • Removes all pest snails including pond snails, bladder snails, ramshorn snails, Malaysian trumpet snails (MTS), and more.
  • Beautiful black and yellow coloration.
  • Will not attack anything but freshwater snails – safe to keep with shrimp, fish, live plants, etc.
  • These freshwater snails burrow themselves in the substrate to clean up waste.

Assassin snails are one of the most useful animals in the aquarium hobby. I came across them when I had snail infested tanks, but did not want to use harsh chemicals to kill the freshwater snails. I have had 30 gallon tanks that were totally overrun with unwanted MTS Snails, and my 5 “Assassins” dealt with over 100 of them within a couple weeks using no chemicals.

They are a very attractive color as well. Because of the black and yellow striping, they look fantastic on both light and dark colored substrates. Assassin snails
grow to about 2″ long.

Having good substrate is important with Assassin Snails, as they love to burrow in it. Other than freshwater snails, they eat leftover fish flakes or invertebrate pellets. Snails are very sensitive to copper, so watch out for copper if you use tap water in your tank.

5 Zebra Nerite Freshwater Snails (Neritina natalensis - 1/2 to 1 inch in Diameter)
5 Zebra Nerite Freshwater Snails (Neritina natalensis – 1/2 to 1 inch in Diameter)

5 Zebra Nerite Freshwater Snails (Neritina natalensis – 1/2 to 1 inch in Diameter)

  • These freshwater snails’ shells have a truly striking and beautiful pattern – they have gold and black zebra-like stripes running all the way down. (Due to shell pattern variations, your snails may not look identical to the image provided.)
  • These are Nerite Snails, so they absolutely never reproduce in freshwater – great for aquarium hobbyists who don’t want snails reproducing in their tanks!
  • Totally peaceful and safe for live plants, live shrimp, and live fish.
  • Nerite Snails are widely known as one of, if not the most, voracious algae-eaters out of any freshwater snail.

These attractive freshwater snails definitely draw your eyes directly to them, but they also serve some very useful purposes, as all nerite snails do. They clean algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, they eat hair algae, and they keep your substrate clean and the correct color.

Nerite snails are widely believed to be the single best freshwater snail in the aquarium hobby for eating algae. They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful. Nerite snails require salt water to reproduce, so they will never overpopulate your aquarium (as some freshwater snails are known to do).

3 Black Devil Freshwater Snails (Fanus ater) - 1 to 3 inches long
3 Black Devil Freshwater Snails (Fanus ater) – 1 to 3 inches long

3 Black Devil Freshwater Snails (Fanus ater) – 1 to 3 inches long

  • These large freshwater snails feature gorgeous, glossy shells that range in color from chocolate brown to the deepest black.
  • Black Devil snails are relatives to the popular Malaysian Trumpet snails, but they are more similar in shape and size to Giant Sulawesi snails.
  • Totally peaceful aquarium inhabitants, and totally safe for shrimp and other freshwater snails.
  • Feeds on leftover food or almost any kind of fish food.

Also known as Black Devil Spike Snails or Lava snails, these dark and mysterious snails are highly underrated members of the aquarium hobby. They mainly come from the brackish waters of Thailand, but can also be found in other parts of Asia. They can thrive in freshwater, but will only breed in brackish water.

These freshwater snails are quite similar to Giant Sulawesi snails in their appearance and behavior. They feature the long, whorled shells, but theirs tapers off into a sharper point and resembles a spike. Their shell color ranges from a rich chocolate brown to a beautiful, glossy black, and their bodies feature gray/black or chestnut brown colors. They are usually 2 to 3 inches in length when full grown.

Devil Black snails are more hardy and more active than Giant Sulawesi snails, having the ability to move faster throughout your aquarium. They are also able to live in colder temperatures and are known as excellent cleaners of substrate. If you have live plants in your tank, it’s a good idea to keep them out of reach of these freshwater snails – they have been known to nibble on live plants.

10+ Feeder / Cleaner Ramshorn Freshwater Snails, 1/6-1/3 inch - Excellent Tank Cleaners + Great Natural Food for your Puffers, Loaches, Crayfish, Turtle!!!
10+ Feeder / Cleaner Ramshorn Freshwater Snails, 1/6-1/3 inch – Excellent Tank Cleaners + Great Natural Food for your Puffers, Loaches, Crayfish, Turtle!!!

10+ Feeder / Cleaner Ramshorn Freshwater Snails, 1/6-1/3 inch – Excellent Tank Cleaners + Great Natural Food for your Puffers, Loaches, Crayfish, Turtle!!!

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  • Ramshorn Snails are excellent TANK CLEANERS as well as LIVE FEEDERS for Puffers, Loaches, Crayfish and Turtles!
  • Give your pets HEALTHY, NATURAL and NUTRITIOUS diet! NATURAL DIET of these freshwater snails will bring up COLORS, extend LONGEVITY and boost ENERGY in your pets! In addition – these freshwater snails are excellent CLEANING AGENTS for any freshwater fish tank / pond, continuously consuming food remains and rasping off ALGAE off glass, stones and higher plants! They are totally SAFE for aquarium plants!
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Ramshorn snails are excellent live feeders for PUFFERS, LOACHES, CRAYFISH and TURTLES!

They actively consume food remains on the bottom, rasping off algae off stones, glass and live plants and overall – generating more natural look in your fish tank.

In general – freshwater snails are always present in any natural ecosystem, performing numerous vital roles – e.g. removing excess waste and detritus, algae, dead plant parts etc. etc.

These freshwater snails are totally SAFE for aquatic plants and really FUN to watch!!!

DELUXE Mystery Freshwater Snail COMBO PACK (Pomacea bridgesii - LARGE live snails! 1/2 to 2+ inches) - 1 Gold, 1 Blue, 1 Black, 1 Albino, 1 Ivory Mystery Snail
DELUXE Mystery Freshwater Snail COMBO PACK (Pomacea bridgesii – LARGE live snails! 1/2 to 2+ inches) – 1 Gold, 1 Blue, 1 Black, 1 Albino, 1 Ivory Mystery Snail

DELUXE Mystery Freshwater Snail COMBO PACK (Pomacea bridgesii – LARGE live snails! 1/2 to 2+ inches) – 1 Gold, 1 Blue, 1 Black, 1 Albino, 1 Ivory Mystery Snail

  • Add a variety of colors to your aquarium with this combo pack, which includes 1 of each of our golden, blue, black, albino, and ivory mystery snails!
  • Can grow to over two inches in diameter as fully grown adults!
  • One of the largest plant-safe freshwater snails, mystery snails are a popular and attractive addition to any aquarium.
  • Cleans aquariums by eating uneaten fish food and other waste.

Like mystery snails, but can’t decide which color to order? This is the combo pack for you! This order includes five different colors of mystery snails – golden, blue, black, albino, and ivory.

30+ Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails, 1/4-3/4 inch - excellent tank CLEANERS, consumers of bottom debris and food remains, algae eaters!
30+ Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails, 1/4-3/4 inch – excellent tank CLEANERS, consumers of bottom debris and food remains, algae eaters!

30+ Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails, 1/4-3/4 inch – excellent tank CLEANERS, consumers of bottom debris and food remains, algae eaters!

  • Malaysian Trumpet Snails are excellent and natural freshwater tanks CLEANERS / ALGAE EATERS!
  • Malaysian Trumpet Snails are avid consumers of any debris / food remains on the bottom
  • Malaysian Trumpet Snails constantly scrape algae off your aquarium plants, driftwood, rocks or any other decorations
  • Malaysian Trumpet Snails are TOTALLY SAFE for aquarium plants!

Malaysian Trumpet Snails are excellent CLEANING AGENTS for any freshwater fish tank or pond. They actively consume food remains on the bottom, rasping algae off stones, glass and live plants and overall – generating a more natural look in your fish tank.

Quite often, Malaysian Trumpet Snails emerge from the bottom and through their quite exotic looks enliven your underwater landscape. It is really fun to watch their slow movement and constant scraping of algae off rocks, aquarium decorations and live plants.

Finally, Malaysian Trumpet Snails quickly convert whatever they have eaten/scraped into some great fertilizer (via their waste) that is readily utilized by aquarium plants. Further, they give off some extra CO2 (through breathing) that is also very beneficial for aquarium plant growth.

Malaysian Trumpet Snails are totally safe for aquarium plants – they will only eat algae and food remains that otherwise would rot on the bottom and spoil water quality.

3 Live Tiger Nerite Freshwater Snails
3 Live Tiger Nerite Freshwater Snails

3 Live Tiger Nerite Freshwater Snails

  • Totally safe for live plants, live shrimp,These are juvenite nerite snail, size of 1/2″ diameter, 0.5 inch
  • Nerite snails are widely known as one of, if not the most, voracious algae-eaters out of any freshwater snail.
  • great for aquarium hobbyists who don’t want freshwater snails reproducing in their tanks!
  • Recommend Dennerle Shrimp King Snail Stixx for their food also.
  • Shipped via USPS Priority mail, A 100% live arrival guarantee, Pictures are for references only. Each snail’s shells and color are diverse and totally unique! There cannot all be golden bright color. Not legal in state of Maine

100% Guarantee alive on arrival only. We cannot guarantee after that due to un controllable of your aquarium condition are very. Please read care instruction. Nerite snails are widely believed to be the single best freshwater snail in the aquarium hobby for eating algae. They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful. Nerite snails require salt water to reproduce, so they will never overpopulate your aquarium (as some freshwater snails are known to do). Tiger nerite snails range from 1/2 to 1 inch in size. They usually will remain around 1 inch throughout their lifespan, but the occasional snail will reach 1 1/2 inches! They do not eat plants (only algae), so they are perfectly suitable for planted tanks.

5 Horned Nerite freshwater Snails
5 Horned Nerite freshwater Snails

5 Horned Nerite freshwater Snails

  • These are juvenile Horned nerite snails, so they absolutely never reproduce in freshwater
  • Totally safe for live plants, live shrimp, and live fish. size of 1/2″ diameter, 0.5 inch. Recommend Dennerle Shrimp King Snail Stixx food for them.
  • Pictures are for references only. Each snail’s shells and color are diverse and totally unique!
  • This is one order of 5 Horned Snail. Shipped via USPS Priority mail. A 100% live arrival guarantee. Not legal in state of Maine
  • Nerite snails are widely known as one of, if not the most, voracious algae-eaters out of any freshwater snail.

100% Guarantee alive on arrival.  Please read care instruction. Horned Nerite Snails are a tropical freshwater species of aquarium snail. They are easily identified by the multiple dark horns that protrude from their shell. The shell is yellow in color with thick black swirls along the edge. They are popular algae eaters and debris removers. Most notably they will keep your glass crystal clear. They are available to purchase at most LFS or from other hobbyists. Horned Nerite Snails are popular and pricier than other freshwater snails because they are impossible to breed in freshwater. Nerite snails can grow up to 1″ but adults are more commonly found between 1/2 and 3/4″ in size. Horned Nerite Snails can also be used in outdoor ponds for similar purpose. The optimum aquarium temperature for Horned Nerite Snails is around 70°F – 80°F Horned Nerite Snails require pH between about 6.5 and 8. Relative water hardness for Horned Nerite Snails should be in the range of 6-12dH. Horned Nerite Snails are hardy species and are able to withstand captivity fluctuations.

3 Multi-Color Mystery Freshwater Snail COMBO PACK (Pomacea bridgesii - LARGE live snails! 1/2 to 2+ inches)
3 Multi-Color Mystery Freshwater Snail COMBO PACK (Pomacea bridgesii – LARGE live snails! 1/2 to 2+ inches)

3 Multi-Color Mystery Freshwater Snail COMBO PACK (Pomacea bridgesii – LARGE live snails! 1/2 to 2+ inches)

  • Add a variety of colors to your aquarium with this combo pack, which includes 1 of each of our Golden, Blue, and Black/purple Mystery Snails!
  • Can grow to over 2 inches – one of the largest freshwater snails in the aquarium hobby.
  • One of the largest plant-safe freshwater snails, Mystery Snails are a popular and attractive addition to any aquarium.
  • Cleans aquariums by eating uneaten fish food and other waste.

More on Freshwater Snails

Freshwater Mussel, a close relative of the Freshwater Snail
A Freshwater Mussel, a close relative of the Freshwater Snail

Snails and mussels are the only mollusks that live not only in the sea, but also in the fresh waters in rivers and creeks, ponds and lakes. In the course of evolution groups related to each other may be isolated by ecological adaptation. The isolation may even go so far that mating is not possible any more and a new species has evolved. It is because of this that fresh water mollusks, mussels and snails, are much richer in species than are their marine relatives.

Freshwater snails generally do well in water between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius. They generally prefer hard, alkaline water which is water with a lot of dissolved minerals. Snails use dissolved minerals to build their shells. However, freshwater snails are very hardy and can live in a wide range of conditions.  In soft water freshwater snails simply won’t reproduce as often.

In the right conditions and in the absence of predators and with plenty of food, freshwater snails can reproduce prodigiously. The brown ramshorn snail and pond snail are two species that can easily become pests rather than pets. They keep glass free of algae, but an entire colony of snails slithering across the aquarium is unsightly.  If it’s too late and the aquarium is already overpopulated, a great solution is to introduce predators, such as clown loaches.  Another method of removing unwanted freshwater snails is to place a small piece of lettuce at the bottom of the aquarium, turn off the lights (aquarium snails are nocturnal) and wait a few hours. Lift the lettuce out with the snails attached and give them to your aquarium-owning friends or donate them back to your local pet shop.  Copper and other compounds that are toxic to invertebrates can also rid a tank of unwanted freshwater snails.

A Freshwater Slug is basically a freshwater snail with no shell!

Snail is a common name loosely applied to shelled gastropods.  However, the common name snail is also used for most of the members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have a coiled shell that is large enough for the animal to retract completely into. When the word “snail” is used in this most general sense, it includes not just land snails but also numerous species of sea snails and freshwater snails. Gastropods that naturally lack a shell, or have only an internal shell, are mostly called slugs, and land snails that have only a very small shell (that they cannot retract into) are often called semi-slugs.

Snails have considerable human relevance, including as food items, as pests, as vectors of disease, and their shells are used as decorative objects and are incorporated into jewelry. The snail has also had some cultural significance, and has been used as a metaphor.

Snails that respire using a lung belong to the group Pulmonata. Snails with gills also form a group. Snails with lungs and snails with gills form a number of taxonomic groups that are not necessarily more closely related to each other than they are related to some other groups.

Both snails that have lungs and snails that have gills have diversified so widely over geological time that a few species with gills can be found on land and numerous species with lungs can be found in freshwater. Even a few marine species have lungs.

Snails can be found in a very wide range of environments, including ditches, deserts, and the abyssal depths of the sea. Although land snails may be more familiar to laymen, marine snails constitute the majority of snail species, and have much greater diversity and a greater biomass. Numerous kinds of snail can also be found in fresh water.

Most snails have thousands of microscopic tooth-like structures located on a banded ribbon-like tongue called a radula. The radula works like a file, ripping food into small pieces. Many snails are herbivorous, eating plants or rasping algae from surfaces with their radulae, though a few land species and many marine species are omnivores or predatory carnivores.

A Freshwater Snail laying eggs
A Freshwater Snail laying eggs

Most aquarium snails reproduce by laying eggs. In general, aquarium snails lay clusters of jellylike eggs. Different species position their eggs in different places in the aquarium. For example, pond snails from the genera Physa and Physella usually lay their eggs above the waterline to avoid predation by fish. Some snail-eating fish — like loaches — will go out of their way to eat snail eggs in addition to preying on adult snails.

A few species of aquarium snail give birth to live young. These species reproduce slightly more quickly than their egg-laying cousins. One common livebearing snail is the Malaysian burrowing snail. This species of snail has a cone-shaped shell and spends most of its time hiding in the aquarium substrate. Their offspring look like miniature versions of the adults. This species grows to about an inch in length.

Freshwater Snails Photo Gallery

An Apple Freshwater Snail
An Apple Freshwater Snail – Big as an Apple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Ugly Pond Freshwater Snail- usually considered pest.
An Ugly Pond Freshwater Snail- usually considered pest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Rabbit" Freshwater Snails
“Rabbit” Freshwater Snails

 

 

 

 

 

A Golden "Mystery" Freshwater Snail
A Golden “Mystery” Freshwater Snail

 

 

 

 

 

"Tiger" Nerite Freshwater Snails
“Tiger” Nerite Freshwater Snails

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails
Malaysian Trumpet Freshwater Snails

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Powder Blue Ramshorn Freshwater Snails
Beautiful Powder Blue Ramshorn Freshwater Snails

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Japanese Trapdoor Freshwater Snails

 

 

 

 

 

"Assassin" Freshwater Snails
“Assassin” Freshwater Snails – Watch the Video Below to see one in Action!

 

 

 

 

Freshwater Snails Video