• Lymnaea stagnalis - Pond snail

    Photo thanks to Lacehim

    Scientific name: Lymnaea stagnalis
    Common name: Pond snail

    Country of origin:

    pH: seems to thrive in both acidic & basic conditions
    Temperature: can grow in cold water ponds & at discus temperatures
    Hardness: requires some kH - or the shells will become too soft
    Water flow: standard
    Oxygenation: standard

    Maximum size:

    Diet: They prefer softer food, so will go for algae, fish food and dead fish, then soft stem plants in preference to plants. Differences in diet for the snails result in differences in colour in the snails - from red to a dark colour (which is found more often in ponds, rather than aquariums). They require some calcium in the tank (kH not to be too low).

    Breeding: Eggs are laid in translucent globules.

    Tank companions: Bettas, loaches & gourabis, amongst others, will eat snails. Many smaller fish will eat snails if they are crushed for them.
    If you wish to keep these snails, then microfish make good companions.

    They breathe air.

    They can carry flukes, which can be transmitted to fish or humans. Another good reason for washing hands before & after putting hands in the aquarium.

    Many snails can be controlled with an overdose of "no planaria". If copper based snail rid products are used to control the population, it will make keeping shrimp impossible in the short term, and possibly in the long term as well. Low tech manual control - putting food in the tank (vegetables usually) then removing them when snails accumulate on them is often the best solution, combined with addressing overfeeding of fish, which is often the initial cause of a population boom.

    Relevant threads:

    ID between pond snail & introduced snail:
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