The Ramshorn Snail (Planorbis rebrum)

The Ramshorn Snail has gotten kind of a bad name. A lot of planted aquarium hobbyists consider it to be a pest and try to get rid of them using all kinds of different methods. This snail can and will eat your plants if food is scarse, But if abundant will eat the food meant for the shrimp while kicking the shrimp to the side, and covering the food with many so shrimp can not get to it and many other annoying things. It may sound very bad but it can easily be prevented by not overfeeding. Overfeeding is the number one cause of snail outbreaks. If you see a lot of snails in your tank then there is a high probability that you are overfeeding either your fish or shrimp. The Ramshorn Snail reproduces rapidly. It lays a clutch of eggs in a hard mucus. Here you can see a clutch of eggs inside the mucus. You can see these eggs on rocks, leaves, glass, and virtually any surface in the aquarium. Trying to remove them all is near to impossible and will drive you crazy. Every time you think you got them all,later you will find you did not! Unfortunately there are products on the market that are meant specifically for killing snails. If you are keeping shrimp, crayfish, or any other invertebrates I highly recommend you do not use any chemicals in your aquarium with the objective of removing snails. You will most certainly kill your other invertebrates as well. Put the chemicals to the side and use the snails weakness to your advantage, that weakness being its slow movement. You will not be able to find all of the snails in your aquarium by simply looking around. You will most likely rip your entire tank apart before you even get 10% of the population. There is one solution: let the snails come to you. This method has been used many times in the aquarium hobby and it works. Best of all it is extremely easy. Place a piece of cucumber at the bottom of the aquarium before you turn off the lights at night. Wake up the next morning about an hour before the lights come on and voila, the snails are sitting ducks. There are some very beautiful looking Ramshorns though. There is a Blue Ramshorn, a Pink Ramshorn, and many other different colorations. Some invertebrate hobbyists (like me) enjoy keeping these different colored Ramshorns and breeding them.
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Ramshorn Snail