Freshwater Snails

Freshwater snails help keep aquariums clean by eating leftover food and dead plant matter. Some snails even eat other snails while others like to eat algae.

10 Best Freshwater Snails For Aquariums

The following snails are easy to care for, and most can live in peace with other snails, shrimp, clams, and fish. Here are the best freshwater snails for your aquarium:

Assassin Snails

Assassin snails help keep other species of snails from overrunning freshwater tanks. They are particularly fond of eating Malaysian trumpet snails, pond snails, and ramshorn snails.

Gold Inca Snails

Gold Inca snails are popular freshwater snails and are generally good at keeping tanks clean. They have bright yellow-golden shells and are quite pleasing to look at. They do best in planted aquariums, but they have a ravenous appetite. So, they might eat freshwater aquarium plants as well.

Ivory Snails

Ivory Snails have creamy-white colored shells and like Gold Inca snails, they search the tank for uneaten fish food, plant matter, and soft algae. They get along with other snails and aquatic animals.

Japanese Trapdoor Snail

The Japanese Trapdoor Snail is a calm, peaceful freshwater snail that spends most of its time scavenging for food. They quickly withdraw to their shells when in danger and their operculum seals them in like a trapdoor.

Mystery Snails

Mystery Snails are the most popular types of freshwater aquarium snails that you can find in fish stores. These snails have varying patterns on their shells. The shells can range from light brown to dark brown. But, the patterns on each shell is unique to each snail.

Nerite Snails

Nerite Snails are another popular freshwater snail whose shells have different shapes, colors, and patterns. Nerite snails love algae. In fact, they are one of the best algae eating snails you can get. And, unlike other freshwater snails, nerite snails do not reproduce in freshwater and so won’t overpopulate your tank.

Pond Snails

Pond Snails usually get into fish tanks because they are already attached to live plants. Their eggs can also be on live plants and then hatch later on in an aquarium.

Rabbit Snails

Rabbit Snails are slow-moving and peaceful freshwater snails. They have long shells and quite an interesting face.

Ramshorn Snails

Ramshorn Snails
can be ought in stores but sometimes they can make their way into a fish tank attached to live plants. These snails can reproduce in an aquarium setting and are known to breed rather quickly.

Trumpet Snails

Trumpet Snails
have cone-shaped shells and usually spend most of their time eating soft algae that grow on hard surfaces in the fish tank.


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