Aquarium snails are everywhere in aquarist’s live – they inhabit in all types of tanks and sometimes they appear in the places, where it seems to be impossible. Let’s try to make a long story short and gather some information about the snail kinds described earlier, so then you can choose what’s interesting especially for you.
Apple snail (Pomacea bridgesii) is a large, bright and very popular tank snail. In aquarium husbandry these snails can be also called: mystery snails, golden snail, ivory snails, inca snail and so on.
In addition, besides the most common name the snail has – golden apple snail; since it can be of different colorings, correspondingly it has different names. There also exists a snail that looks a lot alike golden apple snail – it is zebra apple snail (Asolene spixi), however it belongs to another snail kind.
However, don’t be confused with such a variety of names. All apple snails species despite their differences in appearance are alike in their behavior and care.
Ramshorn snails (Planorbis rubrum) are good for any freshwater tank. Red ramshorn snails feed on algae and feed leftovers which are dangerous for fishes health.
Also, these snails server as some special indicator of a tank water quality – if all ramshorn snails have raised up from the tank bottom to the water surface, it means that there’s something wrong with the tank water and it’s time for water renew.
There can be seen a lot of negative feedback as for these snails, since they breed rather easily and fill up a tank. But this happens only if the tank owner overfeeds his fishes and ramshorn snails don’t have their natural enemies in the tank.
Giant ramshorn snail (Marisa cornuarietis) is a large and good-looking snail, very popular among aquarium husbandry fans. In the wild they are inhabits in lakes, rivers, bogs, however it prefers quiet and thickly planted places. Large snail can inhabit in brackish water, but at that it won’t breed.
In some countries giant ramshorn snails are put into the waters on purpose – to get rid of invasive plants, since the snail eagerly feeds on them.