Black Devil Spike Snails (Faunus ater) - 1 to 3 Inches
Also known as Black Devil Spike Snails or Lava Snails, these dark and mysterious snails are highly underrated members of the aquarium hobby. They mainly come from the brackish waters of Thailand, but can also be found in other parts of Asia. They can thrive in freshwater, but will only breed in brackish water.
These snails are relatives to the popular Malaysian Trumpet Snails, but they are more similar in shape and size to Giant Sulawesi Snails. They feature the long, whorled shells, but theirs tapers off into a sharper point and resembles a spike. Their shell color ranges from a rich chocolate brown to a beautiful, glossy black, and their bodies feature gray/black or chestnut brown colors. They are usually 2 to 3 inches in length when full grown.
- pH level range: 6.8 - 7.5
- Temperature range: 71° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)
- Water type: Soft to medium hard
- Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Other types of snails (Mystery Snails, Golden Rabbit Snails, etc.), dwarf shrimp (Sakura Red Cherry Shrimp, Neon Yellow Shrimp, etc.). They can also be kept with non-aggressive fish.
- Additional notes: These snails are large and need room to move, so it's a good idea to avoid dense vegetation or overcrowding in your aquarium. Black Devil Snails eat plant matter, fish food, and invertebrate pellets, and they have also been known to munch on plants like Java Ferns. Snails are very sensitive to copper, so watch out for copper if you use tap water in your tank.