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Old 04-23-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Ramshorn Varieties

So. A little bit ago I read up on snails and 'pests' for aquariums.

I learned my pond snails were not pond snails, but ramshorns. Yay!

So far, I've learned there are different kinds and color morphs. JetaJockey keeps pink ramshorns (he promised I'd get some off my leaves, but I haven't seen them yet :P)

Blue ramshorns

and Browns.

Through the blues and browns, I've seen a certain number have leopard spots.

All of mine have leopard spots! They're very pretty. You can't see them as a youth, but they come out strong as adults.

I'm trying to gauge how rare this is.. So who else has them?
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How big are your snails? From what I've heard they will lose their spots.
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How big are your snails? From what I've heard they will lose their spots.
Mine are full grown. They all have spots on their bodies to some variety. There are some with few, many who are just beautiful.
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One full grown adult.
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Nice, guess what I read was wrong. Leopard snails would be cool to have.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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I've got so many different colors that i dont even pay attention to them. i have a lot of white ones that sit on the bottom of the tank not moving around at all.
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The blues tend to lose the spots as they age, brown leopards don't. I have red, pink, blue, and leopard ramshorns, or at least I did at one point. Haven't seen many new leopard ones recently. I try to keep a large population of them in my tanks for feeding my pufferfish. The blues are my favorite.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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Ramshorn Snails

Hello M...

I've kept these snails in my planted tanks for several years. They're typically a dark brown or black and some are red. I have a few hybrids that are white. Some can have an almost clear shell. The red variety have a shell the same color as their blood.

My Ramshorn rarely get larger than a nickel and are by far the best algae eaters I've ever had. They'll also eat any decaying plant or fish material, but they've never damaged my healthy tank plants.

They're an important part of having a clean tank.

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Son of a....Ya'll are going to make me set up a snail only tank aren't ya??? White ramshorn? I've seen blue, red, leopard, and brown but never a white, can you post some pics I'd love to see them!
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I know they're awesome and soo beneficial to the tank :P I wasn't asking about that.

They're one of my favorite inhabitants of my 5g.

I was asking about color morphs! And very cool to see how many of you have them.

For all of you who do, I'd recommend trying to breed those qualities to be permanent. I'd pay a pretty penny to someone who has blue / albino ramshorns which breed true for sale
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