The Black Trumpet Snail is excellent for eating algae, scavenging, and sifting substrate!
The Black Trumpet Snail (Melanoides maculata) is an excellent scavenger and substrate sifter that is also a voracious algae eater that does not eat or bother ornamental plants. This hardy snail is native to the Philippines and Indonesia. The Black Trumpet snail spends most of its time climbing aquarium terrain and burrowing in the substrate and it will reproduce in the aquarium.
Feeding and care is very easy for the hardy Black Trumpet Snail. It requires the same maintenance and conditions as most tropical aquarium snails and should never be exposed to copper. It will eat nearly any high-quality dry and frozen foods, but it will also feed heavily on algae, biofilm, and decaying plant matter in the aquarium. This freshwater riverine species will thrive in a variety of water parameters, but its shell will reportedly gray and lose color in excessively acidic pH levels. It reportedly does not hybridize with Malaysian Trumpet Snail (Melanoides tuberculata).
What We Like About These Snails:
- Completely peaceful
- Unique, conical shell with variable coloration
- Will reproduce in the aquarium
- Safe with all plants and excellent for sifting substrate
- Excellent scavenger and algae eater
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 72° - 86° F (22° - 30° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5
- KH: 2 - 12 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 3 - 5 gallons
- Diet: Scavenger that feeds continually. Requires very little feeding in a well-established aquarium containing algae, biofilm, or decaying plant matter. In less mature aquariums, high quality dry foods with high plant content can be sparingly fed daily.
- Social behavior: Peaceful
- Origin: Philippines, Indonesia
- Average adult size: 1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm)
- Average purchase size: .5 - 1 inch (1.3 - 5 cm)
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