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Planorbis corneus/rubrum
Red Ramshorn Snail, Ram's Horn Snail

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Name: Planorbis corneus/rubrum
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Cosmopolitan
2 cm 5 L 7.0 25C


These snails are gorgeous in their red dress. They are hearty algae eaters and helped clear my 2 Betta bowls of any form of algae. I am trying them out on my 120 cm tank, which is infested with brown algae recently due to a decreased light source (no time to buy new lights...oops!). However, I did realise they leave some small round marks on my Hygrophilas in my betta bowls and am hoping they don't do much damage to my 120 cm tank. They also breed fast. In any case, my Orange-finned loach might decide to munch on their babies (if any) instead of my Amanos! That'll save me some money! :p

Contributed by Thomas Low

I am 14 years old and I have 6 planted tanks. In every tank I have Ramshorn snails. They are very low maintenance. There is no need for feeding these snails, they will live entirely of algae in the tank. My biggest specimen is 2.5 cm long, he is not of the red variety, but of the duller brown. I have kept all different species of snails...Golden Apples eat plants, Mysteries produce a lot of waste and Pinkies attack fish. If you want a very colorful, docile snail then Red Ramshorns are definitely the one for you.

Contributed by Spiral Stairs

These snails are great for any tank. They do not require a filter, air pump or heater. Great for beginners. They eat everthing, great for cleaning tank full of algae. They breed very easily. If you keep a pair of them, watch out: snails are going to infest your tank. I like these snails, they make great food for my loaches and puffer.

Contributed by Kalvin

I picked up some red ramshorns awhile ago. They are absolutely gorgeous! Completely red foot. Their shell is actually see-through, so it shows their foot colour right through. One of my fish ate one unfortunately (they have been moved to another tank, I have 3 left). Their current tank mates are a few apple snails. I feed the apple snails carrots which the reds seem to love also. They all do very well together in the 40 L aquarium. Each one is no more than 1.5 centimeters. If you have reds and browns together, when they reproduce you will not get almost any reds, maybe one or two in all the browns. It's best to keep them separate from each other. I keep the pH fairly high along with GH to keep my snails shells nice and strong. Reds do seem to munch on the plants, but not destroy them like the P. canaliculata and P. marisa do.

Contributed by Curtis LeBlanc

Well, my snail story begins just like so many others...I decided to get a nice plant for my tank, and was pleasantly surprised to find a little red snail wandering around about two weeks afterwards. Five months on, and I have hundreds. Literally. But I'm not complaining! I've not had to clean any algae whatsoever out of my tank since these little guys invaded. They don't eat my plant, and are harmless to the fish. They are a welcome (albeit extremely numerous) species to my little tank, and I may never need any other snails again, no matter how many tanks I get. These guys are hardy enough that ones that have hitchhiked into my cuttings jars (where I grow offshoots and cuttings of my plant) are happily eating away at the large amounts of algae that form, and reproducing like mad. All in all, don't panic if you suddenly find these cute little snails cruising around your tanks one day after purchasing a new plant. If you really want to get rid of them and your tank is large enough, snail-loving Loaches should do the trick. But if you don't mind owning a literal army of Ramshorns, let them roam and your algae-removing days will be a thing of the past.

Contributed by Caiti M

Well my story begins with me buying a few of these wonderfully beautiful snails. I bought 4 of them only knowing that they were hardy and very pretty. A few months later I had a lot of them. (I mean hundreds) I don't mind though, I have yet to clean alagae from my tank, which is nice when you have a busy schedule sometimes. Although they mate like crazy they are wonderful and an awesome addition to my tank!

Contributed by Corl Keith

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