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Environment of the pulmonates

Majority of the pulmonates live in fresh water habitations and environments. These environments could be ponds, rivers, streams and even lakes.  Though they are now commonly kept as pets in fish tanks.

Ramshorn Snail's Habitat






Temperature: 75 – 80 degrees.

Filtration: Any typical Fish filter would do just fine, however, you need to be sure the filter guard is small enough to prevent baby snails from getting sucked in. They could damage the filter as they grow.

Tank Size: 20 Gallon minimum if the population is controlled well.

Water Conditions: Gravel is acceptable for a snail tank, but crushed coral works especially well because it will act as a pH buffer and raise the pH which is very beneficial for snails to grow healthy shells.

Your tank pH level must be around 8.0. You can purchase pH testing kits at your local fish store or Wal-Mart. To improve your pH level, you can utilize one of various remedies. Add cuttlebone (from the bird section) but be sure to remove the metal clip before adding it to the water. Partially bury the cuttlebone in the gravel so it doesn't float.

Ramshorn snail requires de-chlorinated water. They are sensitive to Chlorine.  When doing water changes make sure a Dechlorinator is on hand or the water is given 24 hours to allow for the chlorine to evaporate.You can use any readily available de-chlorinator product from most stores as long as it does not contain any medications or metal derivatives.

Bad Tank Mates: Some definite fish to avoid (in most cases) are: Oscars, most Goldfish, Cichlids, Angelfish, Puffers, Loaches, Barbs (most species) and some Bettas.