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Red-rimmed melania

Red-rimmed melania
(Melanoides tuberculata)

Small snail very common in the aquarium hobby. It is useful and effective against algae. Another advantage: it aerates the soil by burying itself there. Finally, it appears spontaneously with the introduction of plants. Definitely, this mollusk has many assets and is part of the "desirable" very sought after by aquarists!

Scientific name

Melanoides tuberculata

Common name

Red-rimmed melania
Malaysian Trumpet Snail

Origin

what are his countries of origin?

Origin: Asia, Africa and Oceania
Biotope: not specific

Dimorphism

what are the physical differences between males and females?

None

Group

group

Thiaridae

Volume

what is the minimum volume for this species?

5 L / 1 imp gal / 1.3 US gal

Water parameters

what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this fish?

T°: 23 to 26°C or 73 to 43°F
pH: 6.5 to 8
Hardness: /

Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

Size

what is the maximum size of this nail?

2 cm (1")

Life expectancy

what is the average life expectancy of this nail?

No data

Living zone

in which area of the aquarium does this nail  live?

Everywhere

Individuals

sociability of the species

1

Food

How to feed the Red-rimmed melania?

Food

How to feed the Red-rimmed melania?

Very good ally against the algae, this snail will never touch the plants in good health. It is a scavenger mollusc, alguivorous and carnivorous. Thus, it will feed on the remains of food, corpses, algae, plants damaged or decomposing.

It is quite autonomous about its food in an aquarium put in water for at least 3-4 months. If you wish, you can give it ground pellets for fish, slices of zucchini, carrot, cucumber, salad... But beware of overeating that causes an explosion of the population!

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Red-rimmed melania have?

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Red-rimmed melania have?

The Melanoid is a snail with nocturnal activity. During the day, it burrows in the sand which is very good: it fertilizes and aerates it. This also allows a good circulation of nutrients in the soil, which is beneficial to the plants.

Very good indicator of the state of your aquarium: if you feed your population too much, the multiplication of Melanoides will be dazzling! If you have a nitrite peak or a lack of oxygen, they will all come to the surface.

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Red-rimmed melania?

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Red-rimmed melania?

Large Cichlids, Loaches and especially Botias are predators of snails. Avoid cohabitations with these species! If you want to regulate the population of your snails, review your feeding, remove the eggs and eliminate larger specimens, but especially do not buy fish just for this, it would be a big mistake!

Breeding

How to breed the Red-rimmed melania?

Breeding

How to breed the Red-rimmed melania?

Contrary to what one might think, Melanoids are not hermaphrodite, but sexed.

In good conditions, the population will stabilize naturally. However, if you feed too much or if the tank is poorly maintained, it will be invasive multiplication! Indeed, it is a very prolific species if individuals feel that there are enough resources to accommodate young people.

Once fertilized, the female lays its eggs in the sand.

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Red-rimmed melania?

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Red-rimmed melania?

Particularly adaptable, this species will easily find its place in all aquariums.

Good to know

Good to know

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Unlike Planorbes or Physas, Melanoids do not need to go to the surface to breathe because they have gills.

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