Bladder Snail (Physa acuta)
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19 Litres (5 US G.)
0.6-1.3cm (0.25-0.5 ")
7.2 - 8.5
18 -25 °C (64.4-77°F)
This animal is available captive bred
Alternative names[edit | edit source]
- Bladder Snail, Acute Bladder Snail, European physa, Tadpole Snail
Synonyms[edit | edit source]
- Physella acuta
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- These snails are hermaphroditic.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- A peaceful snail, will not bother tank inhabitants. However, should not be kept with aggressive fish that may attack it such as Loaches or Pufferfish.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Omnivorous, will graze around the environment, will eat plants, dead and decaying matter, and algae wafers.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Will constantly graze.
Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]
- Prefers fairly still but well oxygenated water. Can survive in outdoor ponds and found throughout waterways in Europe. When found in a tropical aquarium, the snail will be much more active and prolific.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
- A fast moving snail. This snail can often come into fish tanks as a pest snail hidden away in plants and will multiply in number.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- The juveniles are small, initially about 1 mm in diameter. Their shells may be clear and transparent for the first to two months of life depending on water conditions.
- The adults have a smooth brown speckled oval shell with 3-4 whorls, the last whorl of the shell is very much expanded, so it's larger than all of the remaining spire. Has slender antennae and does not possess an operculum.