(Clea Helena) MEDER, 1847
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- Temperature: 21 – 26 °C
- pH: 6.5 – 7.5
- Hardness: Water should be on the hard side for shell health & growth
- Max Size: 20-35 mm
- Min Recommended Tank Size: 45 x 30cm – as they need a healthy snail colony as food source
This species is carnivorous
It feeds on worms and gastropods, and is often known as the “assassin snail” for its habit of eating other snails. These snails will often feed on larger snails, often burying themselves and ambushing their prey. They are also opportunistic feeders and will eat almost anything that they can scavenge (which includes decomposing fish)
Although not a preferred food source, they will target invertebrates if they not supplied with snails or high protein prepared food (bloodworms is a favourite to use among hobbyists)
Assassin snails are naturally found in Southeast Asia, where they reside in all types of streams and ponds with sand substrate.
A sandy substrate is preferred, the finer the better, as these snails like to bury themselves and lie in ambush.
Assassin snails prefer a mature aquarium. Not only will a mature aquarium supply adequate snails as a food source, but water parameters will also be more stable (Ammonia & Nitrites). As with any livestock, regular water changes are essential to keep nitrates at a minimum.
They pose no threat to plants and are a welcome addition to any planted tank to keep pest snails (who may have hitched a ride with the plants) under control
Behaviour & Compatibility
Very active snail, specially from dusk till dawn. Likes to burrow into the substrate during the day.
Can be kept in any planted or community tank where it will not be seen by larger fish as food.
Assassins snails cannot differentiate between pest and fancy snails, they will target all snails, even teaming up against bigger snails
These snails are impossible to sex as both sexes look identical even as adults. Unlike some other snail types these are not hermaphroditic.
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