Devil Black snails are more hardy and more active than Giant Sulawesi snails, having the ability to move faster throughout your aquarium. They are also able to live in colder temperatures and are known as excellent cleaners of substrate. If you have live plants in your tank, it's a good idea to keep them out of reach of these snails - they have been known to nibble on live plants.
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 quite similar to Giant Sulawesi snails in their appearance and behavior. 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.
This species is distributed throughout the archipelagos and large islands of the Indo-West Pacific region. It has been recorded from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and as far west as Sri Lanka (Houbrick 1991). Brandt (1974) has stated that this species occurs in northern Australia, and Benthem Jutting (1956) also records this species from Mauritius, however this needs confirmation.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- PH level range: 6.8 to 7.5
- Temperature range: 71 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit
- Water type: Soft to medium hard
- Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Other types of snails (Mystery Snails, Golden Rabbit Snails, etc.), dwarf shrimp (Sakura Fire 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.
This large snail features a gorgeous, glossy shell that ranges in color from chocolate brown to the deepest black.
Black Devil snails are relatives to the popular Malaysian Trumpet snails, but they are more similar in shape and size to Giant Sulawesi snails.
Totally peaceful aquarium inhabitants, and totally safe for shrimp and other snails.
Feeds on leftover food or almost any kind of fish food.
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