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Introducing the Ramshorn Snail (Planorbella duryi), a fascinating and beneficial addition to your freshwater aquarium. These snails are well-known for their distinctive spiral-shaped shells and unique color variations, which can range from deep red to brown and even translucent.

Ramshorn Snails are valued in the aquarium hobby for their algae-eating habits, as they actively graze on surfaces and help to keep the tank clean and free from algae overgrowth. They are peaceful creatures and coexist well with other aquarium inhabitants, making them an excellent choice for community tanks.

These snails are easy to care for and can adapt to a wide range of water conditions. They are proficient scavengers and will consume leftover fish food and decaying plant matter, further contributing to a balanced and healthy ecosystem in your aquarium.

Care Requirements:

Ramshorn Snails thrive in freshwater aquariums with a temperature range of 20 to 28°C (68 to 82°F). They are not demanding in terms of water parameters, but they prefer a pH level between 7.0 and 7.5.

It's essential to provide ample hiding spots and plenty of surfaces for them to graze on, as they enjoy exploring and foraging throughout the tank. Avoid the use of copper-based medications, as these can be harmful to snails.

Compatibility: Ramshorn Snails are peaceful creatures and can coexist with a variety of freshwater aquarium inhabitants. They are safe to keep with most fish, shrimp, and other snail species.

Adding Ramshorn Snails to your aquarium not only enhances its aesthetics with their unique shells but also helps maintain a balanced and clean environment. Their gentle nature and algae-eating habits make them a valuable asset to any aquarist's collection.


Type: Freshwater snail

Origin: Southeastern United States

Size: Approximately 1 to 2 cm (0.4 to 0.8 in)

Color: Various, including red, brown, and translucent

Temperature: 20 to 28°C (68 to 82°F)

pH Level: 7.0 to 7.5

Compatibility: Peaceful freshwater species, suitable for community aquariums

Feeding: Omnivorous, primarily algae and decaying matter Placement: Throughout the aquarium