Giant Sulawesi Rabbit Snail - Care Guide
Giant Sulawesi snails are one of the largest freshwater snails in the hobby, sometimes reaching 4 inches in length as full-grown adults. Since these snails are large and need room to move, it's a good idea to avoid dense vegetation or overcrowding in your aquarium.
Recommended Tank Parameters
pH level range: 7.5 to 8.5
Temperature range: 78° to 82° F
Water type: kH 2-15
Note from the owner: Snails are very sensitive to copper, so watch out for copper if you use tap water in your tank. They also need a decent amount of calcium in their water to maintain their shell health, which can be helped by feeding the snails foods rich in calcium (such as kale, spinach, and other greens), by floating a cuttle bone in the water, or by using additives.
Sulawesi snails eat algae, plant matter, and invertebrate pellets, and they have also been known to munch on plants, like Java Ferns. They are efficient at cleaning up waste in aquariums because they feed on leftover food or almost any kind of fish food.
Warning! Avoid any food product, medication, or plant fertilizer that contains Copper of any form. Copper is toxic to invertebrates. Many commercial fish foods, medications, and plant fertilizers contain copper or more commonly copper sulfate. Always look at the ingredient list for any product going into the aquarium to ensure they are copper free.
Giant Sulawesi snails are known to breed in home freshwater aquariums in ideal water conditions, but at an extremely slow rate. Thus, they tend to never create an overpopulation problem in tanks. Their method of reproduction is quite unique: the male will impregnate a female, and embryos will form in a pouch inside of the shell, where they can feed from the female's nutrients. Once the embryos have properly developed, the mother will expel 1 to 3 egg sacs into the water at a time. The white casing on the eggs will soon dissolve to reveal a perfect miniature versions of the adult snails.
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