Dwarf Black Sulawesi Rabbit Snail (Tylomelania sp.)
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This dwarf rabbit snail species is perfect for nano aquariums that might be too small for its larger relatives!
Sulawesi Rabbit Snails (Tylomelania sp.) are some of the most fascinating snails in the aquarium hobby, and the Dwarf Black Sulawesi Rabbit Snail is no exception. Also known as an Elephant Snail, its natural habitat is in Indonesia and it is only rarely seen in the United States. The "Rabbit" name likely comes from its rabbit-like face and drooping antennae that resemble a rabbit's ears. However, the resemblance to an elephant is also clear in its wrinkled, rubbery-looking skin and its long "snout" (which is functionally more like the snail's foot). Needless to say, this snail is certainly unique in appearance in several aspects!
The Dwarf Black Sulawesi Rabbit Snail possesses a black body. This snail is the same width, but less than half the length of its larger relatives. Its shell is stubby and spiral-shaped. This snail seems curious by nature, and each snail uses its elongated, muscular "foot" to pull and “hop” itself around on the glass and aquarium decor. This is a very striking snail and is sure to impress viewers, almost all of which will have never seen one before.
The Dwarf Black Sulawesi Rabbit Snail is an excellent option for aquariums that might be too small of many of the larger rabbit snail species. It is a decent algae-eater, but it also feeds on leftover food of almost any sort. While most aquatic plants are safe from this snail, it is possible (though not common) that it might eat som very soft-leaf plants.
There are reports of successful breeding of these snails in the aquarium, but they generally reproduce much too slowly for overpopulation to be a concern. Wild-caught adult specimens may have some shell damage, but they will readily spawn in the home aquarium. Their fry will have a pristine shell and will provide years of viewing with good care!
What We Like About These Snails:
- Black body coloration with a brown, tan, and white shell
- Small size ideal for smaller aquariums
- Interesting movement and curious nature
- Completely peaceful
- Grow to a large and impressive size
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 76° - 84° F (24.4° - 29° C)
- pH: 7.5 - 8.5
- KH: 2 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 3-5 gallons per snail
- Diet: Omnivorous scavenger. It can mostly subsist on leftover fish/invertebrate flakes or pellets, but its diet should be occasionally supplemented with algae wafers and/or blanched vegetables such as zucchini, kale, spinach, or cucumber.
- 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.
- Social behavior: Peaceful and solitary; will not engage with tankmates.
- Origin: Sulawesi region of Indonesia
- Average adult size: 1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 1.5 inch (2.5 - 3.8 cm)