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Horned snail in aquarium content maintenance and photo description.

Introduction
The horned snail got its "popular" name thanks to the hornlike processes on its shell. The shells of snails of this species are colored yellow-black, with small patches of brown-black. Besides. The shells of horned snails are very strong, and the "horns" themselves have an interesting structure, and can even injure a person who will hold or squeeze the snail in his hand. This is a very interesting creature that will not let the other inhabitants of the aquarium get bored and decorate its decoration.

Description
Horned snails are the smallest jade species I have ever kept. The average size of this snail is about 1 cm in diameter, but some adults or old snails can reach 1 cm in diameter and more. But the small size of horned snails does not diminish their beauty.

Such snails in an aquarium immediately attract attention, thanks to the contrasting yellow-black color and the unusual shape of their shell. Such coloring and shell structure are visible even in the youngest and smallest individuals. The colors of the horned snails can be of different color variations, for example, with some unusual parts and interspersions of similar shades or different colors of curls.

The horns or bayonets of each horned snail are arranged differently, i.e. there is no pattern here. What specifically affects the size of the "horns" and their location is not known. In addition, it is also not known whether these horns continue to grow in length along with the maturation of the snail itself. Usually these processes are located at the top of the shell, as well as closer to it.

Even if the place on the shell where the horn is located will increase as the snail grows, the size of the horn may remain unchanged. The main thing you need to remember to care for these snails - do not scoop them in your hands and do not squeeze, because As a result, you can damage the skin on your hands.

Behavior features

Horned snails are famous for their habit of "running away" from the water and wandering outside the aquarium. They can be without water for a long time. Having found the escaped snail, it is necessary to return it simply to its place. Being in the water, they will live as long as possible if they do not periodically get out into the air. For this reason, the aquarium should be constantly monitored and prevented from their attempts to escape.

If horned snails are trying to escape all the time, this can be a signal saying that the water in the aquarium does not suit them, and you need to carefully monitor the conditions in which they are contained.

Feeding

Horned snails are known for their outstanding appetite. These snails eat almost all the algae that are in the aquarium: located on the walls, decorative elements, plants. Being small in size, they are able to penetrate into places where larger snails and algae-eating fish cannot reach.

Also, due to their low weight, almost any aquarium plants that have thin and small leaves can withstand them; they do not fall off their surface, which often happens with larger snails. Horned snails need additional nutrition in the form of dry pressed algae to get the necessary micronutrients, otherwise soon after the shares, they will eat all the vegetation in the aquarium (only if you do not have problems of rapid growth of algae, which must be addressed).

Breeding

With the breeding of horned snails in aquarium conditions, not everything is so simple, because these snails belong to those species that are able to breed only in sea water. We have information that some aquarists managed to get offspring in a freshwater aquarium, but it was not viable and almost all died in a few days.

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Cleaners and orderlies of the aquarium - wholesome fish, shrimps, snails relieving algae


Who benefits from the aquarium?

Every aquarist, sooner or later, but such a question arises.
First, we acquire unpretentious fish, simple in content. Gradually interested in more complex fish, more interesting and rare. Often, choose the fish for the beauty of color, shape, behavior.
But the moment comes when we are looking for useful fish, albeit not so bright and interesting in behavior, but which make it easier for us to take care of our aquarium world, who clean the aquarium, are its nurses and bring unconditional benefits!

I, too, came this moment. And I am interested not only in healthy fish, but also in healthy shrimps and clams. I have different kinds of algae living in aquariums different in parameters and population. That is, the fight against algae, without the use of aquarium chemistry, prompted me to these searches. I propose not to assess the degree of usefulness of certain inhabitants, but simply to create a list of aquatic organisms, bringing clear benefits in a freshwater aquarium.
I think this list can be replenished with your help.
So, let's begin. Immediately come to mind such useful fish as:
Siamese Algae Eaters (SAE) and their relatives


Ototsinklyus

Ancistrus
Much has been written about these fish, practically, each aquarist has representatives of these species. Their use has long been tested and proven!

Seaweed shrimp

These wonderful creatures have recently become increasingly popular with aquarists. Our members of the forum, also appreciated the contribution of shrimp to the fight for the purity of the aquarium. In confirmation of this, a number of articles on shrimp appeared on our website.
The best fighter with nitchatka - Amano's shrimp
Cleaners of our aquariums, which are all, without exception, shrimp, eating up food particles, microscopic organisms, rotten leaves of aquarium plants.
Shrimp Red Crystal

Shrimp Cherry

Black Tiger Shrimp

Algae Snails and orderlies


Snail helena. Predatory snail-eating snail.
Thunderstorm of all snails !!!

Next, I would like to elaborate on some snails.

Snail Neritina "Zebra" "Neritina natalensis sp" Zebra "
Some aquarists call it a tiger snail. They say that you can not find two snails with the same ornamentation of the shell. The homeland of these snails is hot Africa.
Content temperature - 25-27 degrees Celsius, PH of 7.
The cover of the aquarium should be tightly closed, because there are shoots of snails from the aquarium. For a short time this snail can live on land. Frequent attempts to leave the territory of the aquarium may indicate that the parameters of the water do not like the zebras. Zebras live in the aquarium for about 4-5 years, the size of the shell grows to 2-2.5 cm. In the aquarium, this snail does not reproduce.
Snail Neretina "Hedgehog" "Neritina juttingae"
The shell of this snail is decorated with spiral ribs and spikes. The size of the snail is 2-2.5 cm. Life expectancy in an aquarium is about 4 years. The optimum water temperature is 25-28 degrees, the pH is above 6.5.
Snail Neretina "Black Ear"
Conditions of detention, dimensions are similar to the previous instance, the lower threshold of temperature may be 22 degrees.
All neretina excellent cleaners aquariums, tirelessly clean stele, large-leaved plants, stones, snags and decor from algal fouling. Moreover, the aquarium plants do not damage at all. The only disadvantage of these snails - laying eggs on the glass aquarium.
Separately, I want to stay on a tiny snail -
Horned snail Neritina Clithon

These snails have a fairly wide range of habitats Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Indonesia.
The photo shows that there are many options for coloring horned snails. A common feature - the presence of small horns on the shell of snails.
Life expectancy in an aquarium is up to 5 years. The snail is only 1-1.5 cm in size. But its capabilities deserve the love of aquarists: snails can crawl even into the most hard-to-reach places, clearing them to shine.
According to reviews of aquarists: the horned snail perfectly cleans diamond algae from Anubias leaves, glass, stones, decorations.
Water temperature should not be below 24 ° C, PH 7-8. Recommended for 100 liters of 10-15 stuff.
Like all neretina, horned snail does not breed in fresh water.
This video, in accelerated playback, shows how successfully a tiny horned snail copes with algae.
Porcelain Septaria (Septaria porcellana)


This extremely slow snail is also called the snail-turtle. It belongs to the family Neritidae.
Related Names Septaria porcellana - Green Turtle Snail, Cellana toreuma, Neritia Crepidularia, Bourbon Nerite.
Dimensions septaria forforova from 1.5 to 3 cm. Conditions: temperature 22-26, PH from 6 to 7.5. Filtration, aeration, water changes are required. The life of the aquarium in the presence of food (algal fouling) is about 2 years.
This remarkable snail was first discovered in 1758. The homeland of the snail is Indonesia and the Philippines.
In addition to its slowness, this snail is distinguished by its unusual form of carapace - a flat form. Snails are of different genders, but breed only in brackish water, therefore reproduction of porcelain Septaria in a fresh-water aquarium is not possible.
The snail firmly sticks its foot to the surfaces. In no case can not try to tear it off, thus you can snatch the snail's leg, which will lead to its death. Rotational movements, very carefully, you can try to peel the snail from the glass.
Like the previous types of neretin, Septarium porcelain, is also an aquarium nurse, and feeds on algal fouling. Excellent cleans the aquarium from algae, including from the Vietnamese. Does not damage plants. Gets along with all the peaceful fish and shrimps. Be careful with tetradonts, crayfish and other predators. I saw these snails in a cichlid. Feel great, and the glass already glistened with cleanliness.
Attention:
- without algae the snail can die from hunger!
- the snail is not able to move on sandy soil!
Here are the rave reviews of the happy owners of these snails:
"This crumb in an hour has already collected two bunches of Vietnamese, and is clearly not going to stop," "Not able to move on the sand. Excellent creeps on the ground 1-2mm! Trying to climb on some plants with low and wide leaves. It easily climbs the glass on the side of the snags. Still - along the glass they are buried in the sand, where algae sit between the sand and the glass, and happily eats them out of it. waiting for aqua overgrown to impossibly excellent f ulitosa ".
Septaria also hangs its eggs on the scenery

And these mollusks very interested me !!
And it all started, here with this photo:
In two aquariums, water is poured from the same reservoir, but freshwater mussels, which are live filters, were placed in the second aquarium!
The same function they perform in aquariums.
Corbicula javan snail (Corbicula javanicus)
or sharovka yellow javanese or gold bivalve

The homeland of these mollusks: China, Indonesia, Vietnam and other Asian countries.
The optimal parameters for the content: temperature 15-30 ° C, PH 6.4-8.5, gH 10-24.
Not demanding on the quality of water in the aquarium, but there must be a good saturation of water with oxygen, which means aeration in the aquarium is obligatory. Water changes and filtration in the aquarium are also needed. Corbicula grow up to 3 cm in size. Life expectancy: 4 - 7 years
The recommended soil is sand of a fraction of 1–3 mm, and the corticles are almost completely buried in it. The soil layer should be at least 2-3 cm.
Corbicula are excellent helpers in the aquarium against cloudiness of the water, as they are filter feeders.
Passing water through them, they feed on the microorganisms contained in it.
According to different sources: Someone recommends keeping one tank per 100 liter aquarium. There is information about the content in 20 liters of two or even three individuals.
Such mollusks are recommended to be contained in spawners, where the need for clean water is especially important. Corbicula lets through 5 liters of aquarium water per hour!
In aquariums where these mollusks live, the water is always crystal clear, it does not bloom and does not have suspension and turbidity!
An interesting fact is that in aquariums where corbicules are kept, ichthyophorosis diseases do not occur, in the opinion of aquarists, corbicules retain ichthyophthirius cysts that swim in free flight.
You can keep a corbicul with all peaceful fish and shrimps.
Corbicula are hermaphroditic, reproduction problems in the aquarium there. Viviparous corbicula reproduce tiny snails, barely visible in the unaided eye. In an aquarium, newborn corbicules look like a muddy cloud, then sink to the bottom, where they continue to grow and develop.
If plants grow in your tank with a weak root system, then corbicules, plowing up the ground, can easily dig them up.
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Snail neretina

Snail neretina

Among aquarists, snail neretin has become increasingly popular. This species belongs to freshwater snails, although some representatives of this species live in sea water. Neretina owes its popularity to the fact that it perfectly removes all excess pollution in the aquarium. Also, it has no equal in eating algae. In our time, most often you can find the following varieties of this snail:

  • Olive Nerite Snail Olive
  • Neretina Zebra (Zebra Nerite Snail)
  • Tiger neretina (Tiger Nerite Snail)
  • Horned Nerite Snail

And every day there are more and more varieties that are popular, with the differences between them only in appearance: neretina o-ring, neretina beeline, solar neretina, and also redpoint neretina.

Content in an aquarium

Nothing could be easier than keeping and caring for the houses of the snails of neretin. Anyone can handle it. They do not require special care, the only thing you need to remember is that they are tropical snails, which is why they need hard water, they do not like soft water because of the impossibility of forming a shell in it. In the water of normal hardness problems with this they do not arise. In addition, the water temperature should be at least 24 degrees.

The owners of these snails should definitely look at how much nitrate and ammonia are in the water, as they do not tolerate them very well. It must be remembered that every week you need to change up to one third of the water in the aquarium to fresh. It is also important not to forget that if aquarium fish are sick, they do not need to be treated with drugs containing copper, to which nonretins are sensitive.

When you drop a neretin into an aquarium, you need to take into account the fact that in no case can you just throw it in the water, and with a gentle movement lower the cochlea to the bottom. Otherwise, it may die, as it is not too adapted for self-turning.

It is also important that in the aquarium, in which you drop the net, there are a lot of plants. This is necessary so that at the very beginning of the aquarium life, the neretins could eat the parts of the plants that rot. In addition, she will eat more and algae.

Neretin is usually kept only with peaceful aquarium fish, as well as with invertebrates. From withThere are absolutely no problems with neretina. But it can suffer easily, and in the first place from large fish or fish that feed on snails.

What does neritin look like?

Her sink is large, massive, and has the shape of a drop.

The operculum (it is a kind of cap or "hatch" that completely or partially closes the hole in the sink) is small, located not in the center and growing only from one, and not from all sides.

Head and leg oval, mouth round. Antennae filiform. The eyes are located on small irregularities.

The body is usually gray in color, and the head and mantle are black or brownish-gray with specks. The body is almost completely closed by the sink.

The average size of a neritina depends on its species and is approximately 2 cm. Somewhat larger than the zebra and tiger species, which grow to 2.5 cm.

The shells of these mollusks can be colored very diversely, and there are simply no two snails with the same pattern. Black, dark brown, dark green, olive and even red-orange individuals are known. Their covers are decorated with a pattern of stripes, spots, dots, strokes, and the shell itself can have outgrowths or horns.

Neritins are not hermaphrodites, but it is not possible to distinguish between their gender, since there are no elementary signs of elementary nature.

These snails live for long: one, maximum two years. Very often they die immediately after being placed in a new aquarium or a week later. This is due to supercooling during transportation, or abrupt change in conditions of detention.

Dead snail decomposes quickly, very spoils the water and smells unpleasant in the aquarium. For this reason, we advise you to regularly check your home water and promptly remove the dead.

Snail color and longevity.

Неретины живут в среднем около года. Распространенными причинами гибели этого моллюска являются резкая смена условий существования, и переохлаждение во время доставки ее из магазина домой.
The length of neretina can reach 2.5 cm, and the color is the most diverse: from black to green with stripes, dots and spots of various shapes.

Feeding mollusks.

Neretina are the best destroyers of all kinds of algae. These active snails are in constant motion, leaving behind a clean footprint. Shellfish plants do not cause harm to mollusks, but they can not get rid of all the algae. Since algae appear as a result of an imbalance in the aquarium, this problem must first be solved.

In addition to their favorite food, the retina should be given cereals from cereals and algae called spirulina. During food consumption, the snail constantly crawls from place to place, and then can stand still for a long time. Do not panic ahead of time thinking that your pet is dead. You need to smell neretina, because the dead snail has an unpleasant smell.

Types of Neritin

Most often in aquariums contain the following types:

Beeline (Clithon corona). They were imported from China and the Philippine Islands. This is a small snail size of only 1-1.2 cm.

"Tiger" (Neritina turrita). Got to us from Southeast Asia. Quite large, grow to 2-2.5 cm. The shell is rounded. It is surrounded by dark orange or light brown stripes. Dark (black or brown) lines are clearly visible at the top. The drawing of each individual is individual, and all the strips of different thickness.

"Zebra" (Neritina natalensis zebra). Distributed in Kenya, South Africa and the entire territory between them. Mangrove swamps and lagoons inhabit. These are giants among neretin, growing up to 2.5-3.5 cm. Their body is painted in greenish-yellow or yellowish-brown tones. Against this background, there are wide black stripes in the form of zigzags or inclined lines. In front of the shell, the dark stripes are thinning, and the yellow areas become larger. The body tone is grayish or reddish yellow. It was noted that the runaways from aquariums among the "zebras" is most common.

Reddish, ring-striped (Neritina natalensis). They were brought from Indonesia and Sulawesi. Size similar to the previous view. They are very fond of warm water (28-30 ° C), do not tolerate the presence of copper in the water and react negatively to acidity below 7 (they sink and they die). Their shells are painted in mahogany color and covered with paths of black spots.

Olive (Olive Nerite Snail). Strange, but there is practically no information about it, only general questions of content. (Horned Nerite Snail). Found in countries such as Japan, Thailand, China, Indonesia and the Philippines. They prefer lagoons and estuaries of small rivers, the bottom of which is rocky or sandy. Horned it was called because of growths on the sink. These spikes are very similar to horns. Each individual, these horns are located differently. Sometimes they are broken off, but this does not affect the health and well-being of the cochlea.

Scars are a defense against enemies, as their prick is quite noticeable. The shell is covered with alternating yellow-olive and black stripes. These mollusks do not grow large, only up to 1-2 cm. They live from 2 to 5 years. Do not get out of the water. If this happened, it means that they are not satisfied with the conditions that need to be adjusted.

The nature and compatibility of neritin

Strictly not recommended neighborhood with

  • macrobrachia (shrimp),
  • crayfish
  • crabs
  • Helena predatory snails,
  • cichlid
  • macrognatusami
  • battles
  • macropods
  • tetraodon,
  • large catfish such as clauses,
  • cockerels, etc.
It is undesirable to contain with other snails. Ampulyaria, broty, pagoda, coil, fiza, pokemon and others who eat algae will compete with non-retinas for food. As a result, the latter may die of hunger. The only exceptions are bivalve mollusks, melania.

Who can they contain? With all the friendly fish and invertebrates. These snails themselves are very peaceful and do not bother the other inhabitants of the aquarium.

Reproduction of snails.

Neretins are not hermaphrodites, snails need individuals of both sexes for reproduction, but it is very difficult to determine their gender. These gastropods are not divorced in fresh water, even the use of sea water can rarely lead to a positive result.

For the appearance of offspring snails should create conditions similar to their natural habitat. But despite this, the snail Neretina still continues to lay eggs on the ground, plants and various solid surfaces. Since there are a lot of eggs in the clutch, and they are solid white dots, this spoils the aesthetic look of the aquarium.

In order for the snails to stop their fruitless attempts to breed, you just need to share with them a few relatives. This has a calming effect on the mollusks, that they no longer need to worry about the continuation of the species, but you can safely enjoy life.

As a result, acquiring neretin for the aquarium should be ready for the decor in the form of white peas. But omitting this drawback, this snail is perfect for the role of your favorite pet.

How to run Neritin in the aquarium

It would be better if the aquatic environment in the aquarium has already been settled and balanced.

In such a reservoir stable water parameters, so the snails adapt faster. There are a lot of plants here, which means rotting remnants that will give food to retinas at the initial stage.

A lot of it and the main food of these mollusks - algae.

It is important to properly run snails in the aquarium. Do not throw anything at all, but turn it in the correct position and carefully lower it into the water.

If at least one individual falls upside down, then it will not be able to turn over on its own and die.

What to look for when buying neritin

  1. You need to carefully inspect the sink for cracks and other damage.
  2. If you can, then observe the behavior of snails. It is better not to take copies lying at the bottom.
  3. Be sure to look inside the sink. No matter how funny it may sound, there are known cases of buying empty sinks.

To summarize The snail for aquarium neretina is beautiful to everyone: it is beautiful, is an unsurpassed cleaner, does not harm plants and other inhabitants of the aquarium, it is easy to acquire, it is easy to care for it, it will not burden you with undesirable offspring. The only drawback is spoiling the type of egg laying, but this is also quite easy to fix.

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Neretina snail for aquarium

If you are new to aquarism and are looking for information about which pets are best for a breeder with modest experience or no, then this article will be useful to you. It will focus on the aquarium snail neretina. It is good in that it has a peaceful character, a rather interesting “appearance”, does not require complex care and at the same time perfectly cleans the aquarium, destroying algae, but not touching higher plants.

The homeland of these amazing snails is South Africa and Indonesia. Mollusks prefer reservoirs, the bottom of which is lined mainly with calcareous rocks.

What does neritin look like?

Her sink is large, massive, and has the shape of a drop.

The operculum (it is a kind of cap or "hatch" that completely or partially closes the hole in the sink) is small, located not in the center and growing only from one, and not from all sides.

Head and leg oval, mouth round. Antennae filiform. The eyes are located on small irregularities.

The body is usually gray in color, and the head and mantle are black or brownish-gray with specks. The body is almost completely closed by the sink.

The average size of a neritina depends on its species and is approximately 2 cm. Somewhat larger than the zebra and tiger species, which grow to 2.5 cm.

The shells of these mollusks can be colored very diversely, and there are simply no two snails with the same pattern. Black, dark brown, dark green, olive and even red-orange individuals are known. Their covers are decorated with a pattern of stripes, spots, dots, strokes, and the shell itself can have outgrowths or horns.

Neritins are not hermaphrodites, but it is not possible to distinguish between their gender, since there are no elementary signs of elementary nature.

These snails live for long: one, maximum two years. Very often they die immediately after being placed in a new aquarium or a week later. This is due to supercooling during transportation, or abrupt change in conditions of detention.

Dead snail decomposes quickly, very spoils the water and smells unpleasant in the aquarium. For this reason, we advise you to regularly check your home water and promptly remove the dead.

Types of Neritin

Most often in aquariums contain the following types:

Beeline (Clithon corona). They were imported from China and the Philippine Islands. This is a small snail size of only 1-1.2 cm.

"Tiger" (Neritina turrita). Got to us from Southeast Asia. Quite large, grow to 2-2.5 cm. The shell is rounded. It is surrounded by dark orange or light brown stripes. Dark (black or brown) lines are clearly visible at the top. The drawing of each individual is individual, and all the strips of different thickness.

"Zebra" (Neritina natalensis zebra). Distributed in Kenya, South Africa and the entire territory between them. Mangrove swamps and lagoons inhabit. These are giants among neretin, growing up to 2.5-3.5 cm. Their body is painted in greenish-yellow or yellowish-brown tones. Against this background, there are wide black stripes in the form of zigzags or inclined lines. In front of the shell, the dark stripes are thinning, and the yellow areas become larger. The body tone is grayish or reddish yellow. It was noted that the runaways from aquariums among the "zebras" is most common.

Reddish, ring-striped (Neritina natalensis). They were brought from Indonesia and Sulawesi. Size similar to the previous view. They are very fond of warm water (28-30 ° C), do not tolerate the presence of copper in the water and react negatively to acidity below 7 (they sink and they die). Their shells are painted in mahogany color and covered with paths of black spots.

Olive (Olive Nerite Snail). Strange, but there is practically no information about it, only general questions of content. (Horned Nerite Snail). Found in countries such as Japan, Thailand, China, Indonesia and the Philippines. They prefer lagoons and estuaries of small rivers, the bottom of which is rocky or sandy. Horned it was called because of growths on the sink. These spikes are very similar to horns. Each individual, these horns are located differently. Sometimes they are broken off, but this does not affect the health and well-being of the cochlea.

Scars are a defense against enemies, as their prick is quite noticeable. The shell is covered with alternating yellow-olive and black stripes. These mollusks do not grow large, only up to 1-2 cm. They live from 2 to 5 years. Do not get out of the water. If this happened, it means that they are not satisfied with the conditions that need to be adjusted.


The nature and compatibility of neritin

Strictly not recommended neighborhood with

  • macrobrachia (shrimp),
  • crayfish
  • crabs
  • Helena predatory snails,
  • cichlid
  • macrognatusami
  • battles
  • macropods
  • tetraodon,
  • large catfish such as clauses,
  • cockerels, etc.
It is undesirable to contain with other snails. Ampulyaria, broty, pagoda, coil, fiza, pokemon and others who eat algae will compete with non-retinas for food. As a result, the latter may die of hunger. The only exceptions are bivalve mollusks, melania.

Who can they contain? With all the friendly fish and invertebrates. These snails themselves are very peaceful and do not bother the other inhabitants of the aquarium.

How to create conditions for neritin

Some kind of complex, special care is not required. The basic conditions are as follows:

  • Provide an aquarium of suitable size. The statement that there is enough capacity from 10 liters meets. But we believe that the volume should depend on the number of inhabitants. So, for 10-15 snails, it is better to take a "can" of 50 liters. It is recommended to cover with a lid to prevent shoots.
  • Filter and compressor will not be superfluous.
  • It is better to maintain water parameters such as: temperature - 24-27 ° С, acidity - 5.5-7.5, hardness - not less than 6. In soft water, the snail shell does not form normally and even collapses. The content of nitrites should be zero, nitrates - minimal. It is recommended to make weekly changes of 30% water.
Important! Medicines for fish with copper are deadly for neritin!
  • As soil suitable river quartz, sand or special soils for shrimp.
  • You can decorate the pond with stones and snags.

How to run Neritin in the aquarium

It would be better if the aquatic environment in the aquarium has already been settled and balanced.

In such a reservoir stable water parameters, so the snails adapt faster. There are a lot of plants here, which means rotting remnants that will give food to retinas at the initial stage.

A lot of it and the main food of these mollusks - algae.

It is important to properly run snails in the aquarium. Do not throw anything at all, but turn it in the correct position and carefully lower it into the water.

If at least one individual falls upside down, then it will not be able to turn over on its own and die.

Feeding neretin

These mollusks are active algae, which feed on green, brown, diatom and other algae. They are in constant motion, leaving behind a clean, fouling-free place. These snails crawl on all surfaces, including plants, but do not damage them.

Neretin periodically fall into a stupor and spend in this state up to several days. This should not scare. If there are doubts about the health of the snail, then rely on your sense of smell - the dead individual smells strongly and badly.

You can supplement the diet with pills for catfish and shrimp food, spirulina plates and blanched vegetables are not bad.

Getting offspring from neritin

Make it very difficult. It is problematic to even determine the gender. It is argued that successful reproduction is possible only in salted or sea water.

Caviar neretina lay on hard surfaces. It is very rich, light, firm and sticky. It is not only clearly visible on a dark background, but also very difficult to clean off surfaces. This significantly spoils the appearance of the home pond.

As a rule, this ends it. But even in the case of successful incubation of eggs, the young often die. This is a plus - the snails do not overwhelm the aquarium and do not turn from orderlies into pests.

Council If your neretins all continue and continue their fruitless attempts at breeding, add some more relatives to them. Connoisseurs argue that this should calm them down and remove the question of the continuation of the race.

What to look for when buying neritin

  1. You need to carefully inspect the sink for cracks and other damage.
  2. If you can, then observe the behavior of snails. It is better not to take copies lying at the bottom.
  3. Be sure to look inside the sink. No matter how funny it may sound, there are known cases of buying empty sinks.

To summarize The snail for aquarium neretina is beautiful to everyone: it is beautiful, is an unsurpassed cleaner, does not harm plants and other inhabitants of the aquarium, it is easy to acquire, it is easy to care for it, it will not burden you with undesirable offspring. The only drawback is spoiling the type of egg laying, but this is also quite easy to fix.

Neretina snail - beauty and cleanliness in an aquarium

The snail neretins are now gaining increasing popularity, and it is possible to meet them more and more often in amateur aquariums. Neretins are freshwater aquarium snails, although some members of the family also live in seawater. The popularity of the neretina earned the fact that they remarkably clean the aquarium and are one of the best destroyers of algae. Neretin can be described as peaceful, uncomplicated snails, which are also quite agile.

neretina zebra

Now you can find four popular types of neretin:

  • Neretina Zebra (Zebra Nerite Snail)
  • Tiger neretina (Tiger Nerite Snail)
  • Olive Nerite Snail Olive
  • Horned Nerite Snail
But there are more and more different popular species that differ mainly only in appearance: neretina O-ring, solar neretina, neretina beeline, red dot neretina, neretina zebra.

Three types of neretin

Content in an aquarium

Keeping neretin is fairly simple. They are very unpretentious and adapt to a wide range of water parameters. Since this is a tropical species, the water should be quite warm - 24-27C. Acidity about 7.5, better than hard water or medium hardness, all snails do not tolerate soft water. If you have soft water, then you need to increase the hardness of the water in the aquarium so that the snails can form a shell normally.

As for fish, you need to monitor the level of ammonia and nitrates in the water, as nonretins are sensitive to them. It is advisable to replace weekly up to 30% of water for fresh. Do not forget that the treatment of fish with drugs containing copper can be fatal for snails, including neretin!

It is important how you launch neretin in the aquarium. Avoid simply throwing them into the water, so that they fall to the bottom as it will. The fact is, some snails will fall upside down, and for the neretina it is extremely difficult to roll over on their own and they may even die. Так что аккуратно опустить их в нормальное положение, это правильное начало.

Важно запускать улиток неретин в сбалансированный и устоявшийся аквариум с большим количеством растений. In such an aquarium, the water parameters are stable, and adaptation will be faster. And the plants will give the snails food at the initial stage, they will be able to eat rotting parts. In addition, in such an aquarium there are already algae, the main part of the nutrition of neretin.

You can keep neretin with any peaceful fish and invertebrates. By themselves, they are completely harmless, do not touch anyone, but can become a victim of large fish or fish that feed on snails, such as a tetradon.

Aquarium size

They can live in almost any aquarium, but do not forget about overpopulation. For example, in a 40-liter aquarium, you can keep several young neretins, but no more - not enough space, not enough food, the parameters of water can vary greatly. Here the rule is the same as for fish - the larger the aquarium, the better. However, a small number of these snails will be great to live in very small aquariums.

Lifespan and coloring

Neretin has a relatively short life — about a year. Sometimes they can die within a week after purchase, sometimes they live for about two years. The most common cause of death of neretin immediately after purchase - a sharp change in conditions of detention, or hypothermia during transportation. If you suspect that the snail has already died, do not be lazy to remove it as soon as possible, they instantly decompose and spoil the water.

Caviar:

The sizes of neretin may vary depending on the species, but are approximately 2 cm. The largest are neretins zebra and tiger, about 2.5 cm.
It is definitely impossible to describe the coloring, since neretin is quite a lot. They can be almost black, dark brown, dark green, olive. Also on the sink there are stripes, spots, points, and the shells themselves may have horns or outgrowths.

Cleaning a leaf of a plant, it is worth seeing:

Feeding neretin

These snails are one of the best killers of algae in the aquarium; they eat green algae, brown, diatoms and others. Neretins are very active and agile snails, they are constantly moving on glasses, stones, bark and equipment, clearing it from algae. After them remains a clean place without fouling. Some people think that snails will be able to save them from algae problems, but this is not true. Algae themselves are only a consequence of any imbalance in the aquarium and you must first fight with it.

Neretins do not damage plants, they only cleanse them. But since they are quite active, they can crawl out and the aquarium and die, so you need to cover the bank. One interesting feature of neretin that scares newbies. When they are on power, they constantly move around the tank. But then suddenly, they freeze and spend some time in a daze. This can happen both in the open and in a secluded corner, and they can be in this state for several days. And it seems that neretina has already died, but do not rush to throw it away. If you have doubts, smell it - the dead snail noticeably stinks.

Caught in nature

Breeding neretin

Neretins are not diluted in fresh water, salt water is needed for successful incubation of eggs. But at the same time they will lay their eggs on hard surfaces in the aquarium. Caviar looks like white dots, and is quite noticeable on dark surfaces. Caviar is hard and it is quite difficult to scrape it, and given its abundance it can spoil the appearance of the aquarium. Juvenile fish does not appear from caviar. Dilution of neretin is possible only when creating an environment that is close to natural. This is possible, but difficult for the average amateur.

Neretina snails - ideal aquarium invertebrates

Neretina snail (Neritina, "Zebra", Snail Tiger) - a spectacular and very useful aquarium invertebrate. It is an algae-eater and it actively cleans the aquarium from unnecessary growths, without spoiling the plants, the sink contrasts with the contrasting colors of the home pond. In addition to all this, the neretins are living indicators of the state of the water that will give you a danger signal in time.

Zebra

Description

One of the most beautiful aquarium snails, neretina comes from South Africa and is the only member of its family who lives in fresh water.

Neretins grow up to 2.5-3 cm. The origin of snails is remarkably underlined by their unusual coloring: clear, beautiful dark and light stripes, spots or zigzags on a light, yellowish background - a real tribal ornament in the African style. These patterns can be very diverse, in detail they are individual for each snail - two absolutely identical cannot be found. These invertebrates are considered one of the most beautiful aquarium dwellers in their class.

Kinds

There are several types of freshwater neretin, four of which are presented in our aquariums. Different types of shape and color of the shell.

  • Zebrat neretina is the most common species. A low shell of greenish-yellow or greyish-orange-yellow color with uneven stripes of black color, looking down and forward, as if disintegrating from the top of the shell.
  • Redretina Neretina is a shell of this snail of orange or orange-red color, with a shade of mahogany. On its surface are rows of small and large dots and strokes, folding into a beautiful ornament.
  • Neretina Hedgehog - a beige-yellowish shell covered with embossed "ribs" with darker protrusions on them, truly resembling hedgehog spines.
  • Neretina The black ear - a shell of a very dark, almost black color, looks quite interesting. The shape, slightly more flattened than that of other neretins, looks like an ear.

All types of neretin have the same behavior, nature and conditions of detention.

Redpoint

Content

Freshwater mollusks of the genus Neritidae, which inhabit our aquariums, have several interesting features. They should know everyone who gets these snails.

Zebra is a freshwater snail, which is why it is so popular with aquarists. However, invertebrates inherited a love for fairly hard water from their marine relatives - gH 6-27 ° dGH, kH 6-18 ° dGH, acidity - pH 7.0-8.5. With a softer composition of their shell will become brittle and soft, areas can crumble. If the damage is not too large, then it will not hurt the cochlea, but the “showered” places are not restored. In natural habitats such snails are found in limestone waters, hence their need for mineral-rich water.

Zebra loves clean water, if they actively crawl out of the aquarium - this is an alarming signal about a large amount of nitrates and harmful substances in the aquarium. But in a new, just-launched aquarium, it is not worthwhile to settle them - there are still no algae, the main food of these invertebrates.

Snails feel well in a fairly warm environment - from 22-23 degrees. The volume of the aquarium can be any, but if you get a few neretin, still it is worth paying attention to the capacity to provide them with enough food - algae. Another point - the aquarium should be closed, as the snails are prone to escape.

Feeding

In addition to the beauty of the snail is also extremely useful. They feed on all kinds of algae, even a black beard, cleaning the walls of the aquarium, decorations, and plants with the same diligence. In this case, the plants do not damage. These are the perfect cleaners. If it seems to you that the aquarium is perfectly clean and there is not enough food for the zebras, you can feed them with special feeds for mollusks, algal plates.

Neretins are peaceful and unpretentious, remarkably coexist with any inhabitants of the aquarium, except, of course, predators that feed on snails.

Hedgehog

Breeding

Perhaps the only minus of these snails is that it is difficult to get offspring from them. Although, perhaps, this is also their dignity - the aquarium does not turn into a sniper. But if you still decide to do breeding neretin, you have a rather difficult task.

Zebras, unlike most hermaphrodite snails, are heterosexual. This means that in order to encourage reproduction, you need at least 5-7 individuals, since they do not determine their external gender. But the main difficulty is the composition of the water, in which the offspring will be viable.

Neretina often postpone the game in freshwater aquariums, but it dies. The fact is that reproduction in zebras is similar to the habits of their marine ancestors. The long and slow growing eggs of neretin are viable only in salt water, and the young of these snails also love the marine environment. And adults - fresh.

There is no general method of breeding neretin in an aquarium, but the general principles of amateur aquarists have been derived. There are examples of successful breeding.

Some recommend transferring neretin spawn, swept in a freshwater reservoir, into salt water, and then gradually transfer the young fry from freshwater to freshwater. Others suggest gradually transferring the parent-snails to the sea water, teaching them some time for high salinity - diluting more and more fresh water with salt water. Salinity in both cases is a decisive factor.

In any case, the reproduction of neretin is quite a long process. By the way, the crawling out of snails from an aquarium sometimes speaks about their readiness for reproduction - if the water parameters in your aquarium are normal. There is a version that the natural instinct makes neretin search for salt water in order to put off caviar.

Black ear

Neretina - ideal aquarium snails

They are especially valuable as cleaners. Perhaps more than one type of aquarium invertebrates does not bring such tangible benefits to the home pond as nonretins. Not only do they eat algae more actively than other types of snails, they are also hard algae, inaccessible to others. Even those fouling, which can be cleaned only with a metal scraper or razor blade, baby zebra with appetite will eat.

Neretin unpretentious, they do not breed uncontrollably, like many other snails, they are decorative and beautiful. Even to observe their behavior is quite interesting, because these invertebrates are quite active.

This type of snails is loved by both beginners and experienced aquarists; their content does not cause any trouble. In any aquarium, a zebra will be a wonderful inhabitant.

Aquarium attendants - fish, shrimps, snails, fighting algae

A clean and well-kept aquarium is not only beauty, but also a guarantee of a long and healthy life for its inhabitants. But sometimes, contrary to the efforts of the owner and even the work of high-tech equipment, home pond is covered from the inside with brown or dark green bloom, brushes, fringe or threads. This is algae. If this problem overtook you, then do not rush to grab at once for chemicals. Try to accommodate algae, for which eating such a "garbage" - is one of the natural physiological processes. For information on what the orderlies aquarium known and against which algae they are most effective, read our article.

Algae fighting fish

Most often in aquariums lovers are found these "workers of cleanliness"

Soma

Especially good "cleaners" are considered

  • pterigoplicht (brocade catfish),
  • Ancistrus ordinary,
  • and otozinclus (dwarf catfish), preferring diatoms.

With their suction cup, they thoroughly clean everything (bacterial film, algae fouling, other organic pollutants), starting from the walls of the aquarium, soil, stones and ending with snags and large leaves of plants. At the same time, they themselves are rather unpretentious, which is a definite plus.

Of the minuses is to cancel the large size and the bad nature of some of the catfish.
  • For example, an adult pterigoplicht can grow up to 40-45 cm and begin to behave aggressively towards other inhabitants.
  • Sometimes somas, overly keen on cleaning, damage young tender tops of plants or make holes in young leaves.
  • And some individuals with age begin to be lazy and poorly perform their "duties".

Dwarf catfish - seaweed from the family of chain catfish best of all cope with brown diatoms. A flock of five fish can easily keep a clean tank of 100 liters. The "dwarf" is unpretentious, peaceful, able to get along even with large predators.

The amphibious catfish corridor is also quite good in terms of harvesting, only it is very disturbed by the water and inclined to devour other fish.

But the "janitor", which can be found less often, but this does not make it worse: Panak royal, belonging to the family of chainmail catfish. Large fish, which will need a 200-liter (not less) aquarium. Young individuals are calm, but with age their character deteriorates noticeably. Perfectly get on with peaceful haratsinovye. Best of all, Panak cleans snags.

Girinoheyllovye

This family combines only three types of fish, the most popular of which are the girinoheylus.

Their lips look like a sucker with folds on the inside. These bends form a sort of "grater".

Thanks to this design, fish can be kept on stones even with a strong current, while at the same time scraping off algae from their surface.

This food is not very nutritious, so it is necessary to scrub girinoheylus very much.

All filamentous algae, such as filament and black beard, they can not eat.

Negative points include

  • damage to the leaves, which after the "cleaning" may remain grooves and holes;
  • A small number of fish is not enough to maintain cleanliness in the aquarium;
  • in large numbers, they are aggressive and constantly attack their own kind, as they are territorial.

It is very difficult to achieve peace among them. Neighbors should also be selected carefully, it is absolutely impossible to take sluggish fish. Girinoheylusy take them for non-living objects, can "clean" and greatly damage the scales.

Viviparous

Very many of them have a well-developed lower jaw, which resembles a scraper, which easily removes plaque from walls, soil and plants.

The most popular vivipars are guppies, mollies, petilles, and swordsmen. Some breeders claim that these fish can survive even without additional feed, eating only green fiber.

The disadvantages of this group include the fact that they need to be kept in a large flock (at least 10 pieces), but even in such quantities they will not provide complete order in the aquarium. They are good only as assistants to other algae.

In addition, these fish are not very spectacular, and for beautiful ones there may simply not be enough space in the aquarium. And closeness, as we know, will lead to conflicts.

Carp

The most tireless fighter against algae from this family is the Siamese seaweed (he is crosshale, Siamese, or crossochelius, Siamese, or Siamese epalceorinch).

His seahorse is green algae and the so-called "Vietnamese" or "black beard" (these are growths in the form of dark tassels on stones, leaves of plants and other places).

It also copes well with other algae in the form of a gun, since its mouth is most suitable for this. For a 100-liter aquarium to be perfectly clean, it’s enough to have just two (even the smallest) Siamese sea-eaters.

The advantages of these fish are also activity, mobility, a rather peaceful disposition, a small amount of vessels for a normal existence and modest care.

Not without flaws. After the length of the fish will be more than 4 centimeters, they can begin to eat Javanese moss, if that grows in the aquarium, and much more willing than algae.

The way out of this situation is to plant larger mosses, such as fissidens.

Another pair of sweepers from this family is Labe two-color (bicolor) and green (Frenatus). Their mouthparts are facing down. Algae and fouling they, of course, eat, but not as good as the previous ones. It is rather their hobby, so to speak. Their big minus is increased aggression and territoriality in relation to both other fish and their own kind.

Seaweed Shrimp

These arthropods are deservedly called champions of purity. Freshwater shrimps are especially good, their bodies are equipped with special “fans”.

These outgrowths filter the water and extract uneaten food, feces, plant particles and what is left of the dead inhabitants. Males loosen the ground and filter the dregs, which at the same time rose. Females remove dirt from the bottom surface.

In addition to filtering water, these creatures remove fleecy algae from the leaves of plants and all other surfaces, and much more successfully than fish.

The reason is simple - shrimp, especially cherry, can sneak into the smallest nooks and corners of the aquarium.

Negative points:

  • a small shrimp can handle only a small amount of work;
  • so that the aquarium is really clean, it will take a lot of shrimp (one individual per liter);
  • they are very defenseless and can be eaten by fish, as a result of which neighbors should be chosen very carefully, plus a lot of reliable shelters should be created.

In addition to cherry, not bad are struggling with algae shrimp amano. Perfectly keep clean Kladorf balls, eat thread.

Important! The effectiveness of the "work" is affected by their size. The larger the shrimp, the tighter the strings of algae it can eat. Four centimeter arthropods are considered the best.

Enough 5 such pieces per 200 liters. Three centimeters will need 1 individual for every 10 liters of water. Мелких нужно еще больше (1-2 на каждый литр). Последний вариант самый непродуктивный и самый дорогой. Еще стоит отметить, что эти креветки не едят ксенококус и другие зеленые водоросли в виде налета. Черную бороду тоже употребляют неохотно.

Еще один вид - неокаридины. They are most common among amateurs, as they are very easy to breed. They are small, only 1-2 cm in length, so many "combat units" will be required (one individual per liter). Preference is given to soft filamentous algae of the Rhizoclinium type. Neocaridins are the best choice for plant aquariums. They are irreplaceable in the newly launched aquarium, as they help to establish balance. In the mature balance is maintained.


Algae-fighting snails

Although mollusks are not so successful in the role of orderlies, their strength is the ability to consume almost all the pollution (remaining food, excrement of living and the remains of dead inhabitants, rotted plants, mucus and deposits on all surfaces, a film from the surface of the water).

And the well-being and behavior of some species is a kind of indicator of the purity of the soil and water.

The bad thing is that the number of snails is almost impossible to control, and they multiply very quickly.

Then their large army begins to "harm" by eating the plants and pouring everything around them with their slime.

Here are some snail cleaners most often found in home aquariums:

Neretina Zebra (tiger snail), neretina hedgehog, neretina black ear. They remove plaque from glasses, stones, snags, decor, and large leaves without damaging them. It seems that they never get tired. The minus is left on the aquarium glass unaesthetic caviar clutches.

Neretina horned. This baby (1-1.5 cm) is able to crawl into the most inaccessible places and clean them to shine. Copes with diatoms.

Septaria or snail-turtle with a flat shell. It is very slow, but despite this it copes well with algal fouling and Vietnamese. Plants do not hurt. The lack of characteristic - caviar, hung on the scenery.

Corbicula. This is a three centimeter snail. It is also called yellow Javanese sharovka or gold double leaflet. Helps to cope with turbidity of water, suspension and flowering, as it is a filter. This means that the mollusk passes water through itself (up to 5 liters per hour!), Eating the microorganisms contained in it. Interestingly, in carbicula aquariums, fish do not suffer from ichthyophorosis, as they somehow retain their cysts. On an aquarium of 100 l it is necessary from 1 to 3 such snails. The negative aspects include plowing up the soil and digging up plants with weak roots.

Ampullary. Quite a large lungfish. Picks up the remnants of food, dead fish and other snails, actively eats fouling from the walls of the aquarium.

Helenacalled a snail killer. This miniature predator is considered to be a scavenger. However, it is able to eat not only a forgotten piece of food or a dead fish, but also a quite lively small shrimp or snail (for example, a reel or melee).

Theodoxus. These are small beautiful freshwater snails. There are several types. Can live in both freshwater and salt home water bodies. They feed only on fouling, preferring brown and green algae. They even compete with the guerrhoehyluses for primacy in the effectiveness of the struggle against the xenocus focus. But the "beard" do not like. Plants do not spoil.

In conclusion, we say that the aquarium biosystem can successfully exist only with the help of humans. Proper selection and adjustment of equipment and lighting, proper start-up of an aquarium, and regular monitoring of water parameters and the condition of inhabitants are very important. Fish, shrimps and snails are helpers in solving the problem of algae control, not the main characters. Of course, here we only briefly described only some of the representatives of aquarium nurses, since in one article it is impossible to tell about all the details. We will be grateful for interesting additions.

Coil aquarium snail content breeding compatibility description photo.

Snail reel (Planorbis)

Description

The snail is a representative of freshwater mollusks. In nature, they live in overgrown reservoirs with a weak current. It is adapted for survival even in very dirty reservoirs with low oxygen content in the water. This ability is due to the presence of a kind of light, allowing it to breathe and atmospheric air.

The snail shell resembles a flat, tightly twisted spiral. Usually there are four to five turns, with a thickening of each subsequent round. On both sides, the seam between the coils is clearly visible. The mollusk can reach sizes up to 3.5 centimeters in diameter, but most often in the aquarium the coils grow only up to 1 centimeter. By the way, the larger the snail population, the smaller they will be.

Body color can vary from brown to bright red - it depends on the type of coil. The clam is moved by means of a foot with a wide flat base-sole. On a head thin long horns are visible.

The snail can move along the surface of the water, turning the sink down - this ability arises due to the air bubble that is in the sink. In case of danger, it immediately releases this bubble and falls to the bottom. Newborn small snails usually stick together, clinging to aquarium plants.

Breeding

The coil is a hermaphrodite that can self-fertilize and further multiply. Therefore, if you want to get a population of these snails, then you will only need to have only a couple of individuals. The laying of the calf snail attaches to the inside of the leaf of the aquarium plant.

In general, the population of snails in aquariums is regulated without the intervention of an aquarist, as aquarium fish happily eat young snails. But if the fish are full, then they will not touch small mollusks. If you notice a rapid increase in the population of snails, then this suggests that you are overfeeding your fish. Therefore, you only need to cut the rations of fish and pens to get snails from the banks.

There are cases when aquarists purposefully breed snails, because they go to feed some pets or fish (batyami). In this case, it is not necessary to fill up the soil in the aquarium, as this will complicate the process of cleaning the aquarium. Place in the jar several species of floating plants (naiad, pistia, riccia, javanese moss). If they could not be found, put on Vallisneria, Canadian Elodea, or rogolistnik. You can feed the snails with dry food for fish and scalded cabbage, lettuce and spinach leaves.

Reel in aquarium

Planorbis snails enter the home water reservoir in different ways, but more often the appearance of the mollusk among aquarian inhabitants is a real surprise for the owner. Now he can only regulate the population of shellfish in the tank and ensure the comfort of their coexistence with its other inhabitants. Snails - unpretentious creatures that do not require special care:

  • being tolerant to a wide range of temperatures, snails are quite satisfied with the temperature regime of water that they create for tropical fish, that is, within 22-28 ° C;
  • there is no need for special feeding of mollusks, since they are content with food debris from other underwater inhabitants, green bloom on the pond glasses, rotten fragments of the plantations of the reservoir (young mollusks, as a rule, keep it on a rotten leaf of the plant).
Unlike other varieties of gastropods, the coil is able to move along the surface of a reservoir with a shell turned upside down.

The possibility of such a method of movement is due to the presence of air in it, let there by the snail itself. An additional support for the mollusk in this case is the film on the surface of the aquarium water, formed by waste products of bacteria or the intrinsic force of the surface tension of the water.

If any danger occurs, releasing air from the shell, the coil quickly sinks to the bottom so as not to be eaten by a predatory fish. This snail action is performed at the reflex level for self-preservation.

The fact is that the clam is a favorite dish for certain species of aquarium fish, which easily break through its saving shell. In some cases, the owners of domestic aquarium tanks with an excessive growth of the mollusk population are specially planted in the reservoir of these types of fighter fish so that they thin out the rows of snails, balancing their number.

Kinds

  • Horn coil. In nature, it lives in stagnant ponds with dense thickets of plants. Shell color - brown, sizes - up to 3.5 centimeters. The body is painted in a reddish-brown color, in the tone of the shell. Horn coil prefers to eat the remnants of food and plants from the bottom of the aquarium.
  • Horn Red Coil. The size of this snail is smaller, up to 2 centimeters. It also differs from the usual red color of the shell from the usual horn coil. The benefit of a red horn coil is that it is an excellent aquarium cleaner. From the decorative point of view, this type is the most advantageous - their fiery color looks great against the background of greenery.
  • Coil Far East. Far Eastern coil came to us from the reservoirs of East Asia. Just like her relatives, she is unpretentious. Shell color - red-brown, the number of curls - from five to six. The diameter is small - only 1 centimeter. Far Eastern reel feeds on plants.
  • Coil Kilevataya. This is the most frequent guest in aquariums. It gets into them with plants or soil. Color - grayish brown. The main feature of the keeled coil is that the diameter of the shell is much larger than the width: at 6-7 revolutions and 2 centimeters in diameter it has a width of only 4 millimeters. This snail collects food at the bottom, and also with pleasure to feast on algae, cleaning the aquarium walls.
  • Coil Wrapped. This type of coil is called a pest: it propagates extremely actively, filling the entire aquarium in the shortest possible time and harming both the appearance and the condition of the water and the soil. It reaches sizes up to 1 centimeter. The shell color is dirty yellow, the shell is not very strong.

Than useful

Despite the fact that snails most often appear in an aquarium by chance, some aquarists consciously leave them, believing that the benefits of them outweigh the harm.

Indisputable decorative function of these snails. Coils - pretty cute aquarium decorations. It is interesting to watch them, and their presence in the aquarium with fish creates a more natural look.

It happens that the coils, as well as other snails, are called the orderlies of the aquarium. This is partly true. Coil snails eat rotten algae leaves, without touching healthy ones. They collect the remnants of fallen food, thereby saving the aquarium from debris. Also, the coils are able to remove the film from the surface of the water and clean the aquarium wall.

Snails are becoming an indicator of water pollution, prompting that it is time to start cleaning or reduce the amount of feed for fish. If the population of coils has grown noticeably - this is the signal.

Some aquarists breed coils in their aquariums as fish food. Many fishes enjoy eating mollusks with pleasure, and the fecundity of this species makes it easy to maintain abundance.

Than harmful

Despite the fact that the benefits of snails are quite large, many people prefer to get rid of mollusks, barely finding the intruder.

Coils are very prolific. They are hermaphroditic, and only a pair of snails is enough to get a whole flock of mollusks. Rapid reproduction leads to an increase in the number of their waste products, which are harmful and pollute the aquarium.

If the snails do not have enough food, they will take over the aquarium plants. And not for rotten leaves, but for healthy ones. Voracious coils quickly destroy the plant.

Snail-coil can cause fish disease. Often this happens when the snail is brought into the aquarium conditions from the local water body. In this situation, the fish will have to be treated with special preparations that the snails most likely will not suffer.

In general, the overgrown flock of snails spoils the appearance of the aquarium, hanging in whole clusters on the walls and plants.

DOES THE COILS OF PARASITES MOVE?

It is known that coils can be carriers of parasites during life, which infect and even kill fish. But it is in nature, and in an aquarium the chance with snails to transfer parasites is much lower than with food. Even in frozen food, not to mention live food, various parasites and pathogens can survive.

So I wouldn't worry about that. If it is very important for you to get snails, but you are afraid to bring parasites, then you can bring in the aquarium caviar coils, which is not a carrier.

Truth and myths about coils

Very often, articles about coil snails contain a lot of conflicting information, including negative ones.

Coils unregulated breed. Indeed, the mollusk population can quickly grow, but only if they have no natural enemies in the aquarium or the fish are constantly fed. And this can be corrected.

Planorbis spoils the greenery of home ponds. In fact, it is not. The mollusk is often seen on a rotted plant, and in fact it is in this place because it eats this very decomposed part of the plant. A healthy leaf snail is unable to perforate, as it naturally has weak teeth.

Coil snails carry parasites that affect aquarium fish, and sometimes destroy them. Hypothetically this is possible, but it’s much more likely to bring in parasites with food (especially alive from the nearest reservoir). So you just need to take the safe coils in a specialty store.

In conclusion, I would like to note the following in defense of snails: to keep the coils in a home aquarium or not, everyone decides for himself, but the benefits of these mollusks nurses are obvious, and all the inconveniences associated with them can be minimized.

AMPULARIA CONTENT REPLACEMENT COMPATIBILITY PHOTO DESCRIPTION.

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Horned snails

Evgenia Polnikova

Despite the fact that the horned snail is not large in size, its "algae-eating abilities" are simply amazing. In an aquarium such snails will clean everything from algae - the walls of the aquarium, stones, snags. Plants, etc. It is precisely because of their small size that they can make their way to places that are often not available to large snails or algae-eating fish. In addition, these snails are quite light, so they do not “fall” from thin or small leaves of plants, like other types of snails, large in size. It is recommended to feed horned snails with special waffles made from algae or similar food in order to maintain their diet, as very soon after their appearance of algae in the aquarium there may not be (unless, of course, the algae outbreak was caused by a serious problem in the aquarium, which you never decided).

Occam's razor

If there are algae in the aquarium, they will eat them.
Any pills for bottom fish eat, aquarium plants also eat.
A cucumber or zucchini can be given, but the vegetables need to be weighed down to drown, otherwise they will hang on the surface of the water.

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