Pagoda Snail (Brotia pagodula) - 1 to 2 inches
These snails' shells are primarily a rich brown in color with hints of amber and mahogany. Their shells feature small spikes protruding from them in a spiral pattern.
Also known by the names Porcupine snails and Horned Armor snails, these freshwater snails hail from Thailand and are truly impressive to behold. Their unique appearance would make them an attractive component of any aquarium. They are named for their tiered shells, which feature spikes protruding from their shells. Their appearance and behavior are comparable to Malaysian Trumpet Snails, but Pagoda snails are considered more attractive and desirable among aquarium enthusiasts. They are known to burrow themselves deep in substrate, but will show themselves frequently if tank conditions are ideal. They tend to prefer sandy substrate, and they have been known to munch on more delicate live plants such as Riccia, so be warned if you have a planted tank!
All of our Pagoda Snails snails are at least an inch long, which is rather large for a freshwater snail. They also tend to be almost as thick as they are long, giving them a large, bulky appearance. They are also very useful in keeping tanks clean because they eat algae and rotted plant parts. They will also eat any kind of food tablets or flakes, as well as vegetables. Pagoda snails are among the hardiest freshwater snails, and are less sensitive to water conditions than most other snails. They are virtually never found in local pet stores, making them a highly unique addition to your aquarium.
- pH level range: 6.8 - 7.5
- Temperature range: 72° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)
- Water type: Soft to hard
- Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Other types of snails (Nerite snails, Mystery Snails, Sulawesi Snails, etc.), dwarf shrimp (such as Blue Velvet shrimp, Sakura Red Cherry Shrimp, Neon Yellow Shrimp, etc.). They can also be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish.
- Additional notes: Other than algae and waste, Pagoda snails eat invertebrate pellets, flake foods, and cooked vegetables (such as zucchini, kale, spinach, or cucumber). Snails are very sensitive to copper, so watch out for copper if you use tap water in your tank.