report is on Ramshorn snails. Ramshorn shaped shell, which has earned them the
name of "Ramshorn” Snails
snails are very common and come in various sizes. Their shape is as their name
suggests. The smaller varieties (under 1 cm) are not too damaging to a plant
tank, although they seem to relish the tender leaves of the Hygrophila family.
The other type is the dark and light brown striped Columbian Ramshorn that can
grow big as large as 2 inches in diameter. The stripes run the length of the
shell with a pattern of random width light-dark- light stripes that stays
constant throughout the snails life. These snails are extremely prolific and
have a terrific appetite for plants.
lay eggs on the plants in the pond, the eggs are covered in jelly to protect
them. When the eggs hatch they are full of little baby snails.
snails use lungs to breathe air, but since they can trap and store some air
inside their shells, they can tolerate water with low dissolved oxygen.
in Food chain
They eat algae
They are eaten by fish, tufted ducks
disk-shaped gelatinous clusters of eggs adhering to anything - plants, rocks
also seem to be a choice for egg-laying.
The ramshorn snails are all shaped like a flat coil,
or the horn of ram. The genus Helisoma are American snails. The most popular of
this group is from South America, does well in heated aquaria with little
attention and is often introduced by accident where it breeds prolifically. This
is the red ramshorn. The genera Planorbarius and Planorbis are found in cold
waters, and thus are suitable for ponds. The Planorbarius snails may be up to
3cm in diameter, while the Planorbis grow only to 1.5cm. P.corneus, the Great
Ramshorn, is brick red in colour, and likes still or slow-moving water. It will
eat any detritus, both plant and animal, that it comes across. Like the apple
snail, it is amphibious. The snails are hermaphrodite, and lay disk-shaped
gelatinous clusters of eggs adhering to anything - plants, rocks etc. RAMSHORN
SNAILS (PLANORBIS CORNEUS)
generation ago, the European Red Ramshorn Snail was a common sight in freshwater
aquariums. Today they are somewhat of a rarity due to careless breeding with the
common ramshorn snail that has a less interesting brown body color.
We offer both the red and the brown ramshorn snails. The brown ramshorns are
somewhat hardier, but both varieties are excellent choices for the freshwater
aquarium as long as they are not kept together! If they are kept together,
virtually all future generations will be brown, since the red color is a
Ramshorn snails are hardy and will thrive and multiply without attention in a
freshwater aquarium (assuming the absence of snail eating fish!). They are
excellent scavengers, eating algae, left over fish foods, etc. Usually they do
minimal damage to plants.
To grow the finest specimens, the snails should be given plenty of room, warmth
and food. Water should be slightly alkaline. Temperature is best at 75 to 80 F.
Preferred foods include spinach, lettuce, hair algae, shrimp based fish foods
Siphon off the bottom of the culture tank frequently and replace with aged
freshwater. The flat amber egg masses will hatch within 12 to 40 days depending
on temperature. Ramshorn snails are very common and come in various sizes.
Their shapeis as their name suggests. The smaller varieties (under 1 cm) are not
too damaging to a plant tank, although they seem to relish the tender leaves of
the Hygrophila family. The other type is the dark and light brown striped
Columbian Ramshorn that can grow big as large as 2 inches in diameter. The
stripes run the length of the shell with a pattern of random width light-dark-
light stripes that stays constant throughout the snails life. These snails are
extremely prolific and have a terrific appetite for plants. These
snails have a flat-coiled shell. The
maximum shell diameter is just over ¾”.
Unlike the MTS, these are always visible, not minding the light at all.
They too are plant-harmless IME. These
reproduce by means of the familiar flattened, dense jelly-like egg masses
spotted freely on any potentially algae-growing area.
These egg masses are clear to light amber in color, with the dark eggs or
embryos showing clearly. I have never found a fish that will eat or disturb the egg
mass, but there may be such around. Any
snail-eating fish will devour the adult form of these beasts.
They have no opercula, so are available to snail-slurpers and
snail-grinders alike. Many fish
will devour the small young of these snails, but they can still become
population problems in overfed tanks. By the way, they are easy to color select.
I have selected for red bodies several times by removing all dark-bodied
snails (I raise snails for my puffers) from the tank as soon as they are seen.
At first you just select for lighter bodies, eventually for reddish, and
finally for bright strong red. This
strain is suitable trade goods for a decent LFS.
I have also had white-bodied ramshorns, but this strain for me is harder
to maintain- they seem weak and do not reproduce well (perhaps a desirable
trait?), requiring backcrossing to normal colored snails fairly frequently for
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