Red Ramshorn Snail
Need a little help with pesky algae? These attractive critters add hints of colour to aquariums but also act as a super helpful cleaning crew. Algae on glass, plants and decorations, they eat it. Hair algae and uneaten fish food, gone! They help keep your substrate clean and water clear.
Red Ramshorn is a small snail, where some will reach 2½ cm (1 inch) and that will be an accomplishment. Their shells range from bright pink to maroon. The lack of dark pigmented melanin means they have bright reddish skin which is the colour of their blood.
While these are algae eaters, they are the hippies of your aquarium. No harm will come to any fish and shrimp. These peaceful underwater grazers will not even ruin your live plants! Though the Ramshorn is peaceful, be wary of aquarium housemates with aggressive tendencies. Your Ramshorn will become a snack for them. Even the likes of apple snails will prey upon the Ramshorn.
In warmer climates, they prefer outdoor ponds. But when kept indoors, they will do well in almost any size tank, from ones of 5 or 10 gallons to much larger sizes. Keep in mind that they are quick to reproduce. Ramshorns are not the escape artists of the snail world, but it is best to keep the tank covered. You don’t want your Ramshorn to be the one who thinks they can fly the coup. If you do have an escapee, they will retreat inside their shell and look dead. There is no need to rush throwing away your precious snail, instead put it back in your tank. There is a high chance the snail will pop back out and be completely fine as they breathe air anyway!