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Types of Aquarium Snails

Amano Shrimp
Amano Shrimp

Amano shrimp are freshwater invertebrates popular to the aquarium hobby. The name 'Amano Shrimp' is derived from the famous hobbyist Takashi Amano. Takashi Amano frequently uses these shrimp in his setup. Amano Shrimp add visual appeal and are excellent algae eaters in the aquarium. Amano Shrimp are fairly easy to maintain and care for.

Apple Snail
Apple Snail

Last month, I talked about the apple snail and other pond snails – obviously, these should also be avoided in the home aquarium. The group of snails that are appearing with more and more regularity are the nerites. Some of these snails look truly otherworldly, with shells covered with large spikes. Others have zebra stripes, or other interesting and neat patterns on them. These are unusual snails in that they can live quite well in freshwater, but require marine water to breed.

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Assassin Snail (Clea Helena)
Assassin Snail (Clea Helena)

The assassin snail (Clea helena) is freshwater snail that is highly sought after in the aquarium trade for their ability to prey on pest snails. They are found throughout much of Southeast Asia, and are native to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Bristlenose Plecos
Bristlenose Plecos

While the common pleco can grow to the size of a river monster in a tropical aquarium, bristlenose plecos stay quite a bit smaller, and usually top out at around 6 inches. Because of this, they are a far better choice than the common pleco if you are looking for an algae eating fish.

Giant Ramshorn Snail (Marisa Cornuarietis)
Giant Ramshorn Snail (Marisa Cornuarietis)

Giant ramshorn snail (Marisa cornuarietis) is a large and good-looking snail, very popular among aquarium husbandry fans. In the wild they are inhabits in lakes, rivers, bogs, however it prefers quiet and thickly planted places.

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Malaysian Trumpet Snail
Malaysian Trumpet Snail

Malaysian Trumpet Snails do not seem interested in eating live plants, just the debris. Reproduction: Malaysian Trumpet Snails reproduce very quickly and in large numbers, especially if food is abundant. Other things being equal, the more food there is, the more Malaysian Trumpet Snails will reproduce.

Malaysian Trumpet Snail (MTS)
Malaysian Trumpet Snail (MTS)

The Malaysian trumpet snail (MTS) or red-rimmed melania (Melanoides Tuberculata) is often alternatively praised and cursed by freshwater aquarium enthusiasts. On the one hand, this small snail will devour algae, eat excess food, and keep sand substrates well aerated.

Nerite Snails
Nerite Snails

Nerite Snails are one of the best algae eating snails around, and their “from-tank” diet can include: soft film algae, soft green algae, soft brown algae, and brown diatoms. My Black Racer Nerite Snails are particularly fond of the soft brown algae growing on the glass just under the substrate.

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Neritina Snails
Neritina Snails

Nerite Snails are one of the best algae eating snails around, and their “from-tank” diet can include: soft film algae, soft green algae, soft brown algae, and brown diatoms. My Black Racer Nerite Snails are particularly fond of the soft brown algae growing on the glass just under the substrate.

Ramshorn Snail
Ramshorn Snail

A Ramshorn Snail is a common freshwater aquarium snail available these days. Sometimes hobbyists choose to purchase a Ramshorn Snail as a pet. Other hobbyists find Ramshorn Snails inadvertently making their way into tanks as pests.

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Ramshorn Snails
Ramshorn Snails

A Ramshorn Snail is a common freshwater aquarium snail available these days. Sometimes hobbyists choose to purchase a Ramshorn Snail as a pet. Other hobbyists find Ramshorn Snails inadvertently making their way into tanks as pests.

Siamese Algae Eater
Siamese Algae Eater

Although this list of algae eaters is not listed in any particular order, if we were to rate the following 13 species in terms of their effectiveness, the Siamese Algae Eater would certainly top the list.

Twig Catfish
Twig Catfish

Twig Catfish. Twig catfish are one of the best catfish algae-eaters in the hobby and are slowly becoming more and more available. They readily accept a variety of foods and quickly clear a tank of any green algae. However, out of all the algae-eating fish discussed in this article, this particular species requires the most care.