Aquatic Snails

Freshwater Aquatic snails

Freshwater snails are gastropod mollusks that live in freshwater from many different families. They are found throughout the world in various habitats, ranging from ephemeral pools to the largest lakes, and from small seeps and springs to major rivers. The great majority of freshwater gastropods have a shell, with very few exceptions. Some groups of snails that live in freshwater respire using gills, whereas other groups need to reach the surface to breathe air.

Aquatic snails can play a significant role in maintaining a freshwater aquarium ecosystem. Most are hardy and can do well in the same water parameters as fish, making them compatible with a wide variety of species. Almost all freshwater snails are beneficial scavengers that eat algae, dead plants, dead fish, extra fish food and other waste.

Clea helena

Clea helena (Assassin snail)
Clea helena is a species of freshwater snail with an attractively shell colored with dark chocolate brown and yellow bands.


Celetaia persculpta

Celetaia persculpta
Celetaia persculpta is an ancient lake species exclusively occurring in Lake Poso in Sulawesi. Celetaia persculpta has a unique shell shape which is nice addition to any aquarium.


King snails rabbit snail

Cerithidea cf. obtusa (King snails rabbit snail)
King snails rabbit snail comes from Brackish water from Sulawesi in Indonesia. This aquatic snail is one of the most sought-after snail in the aquarium hobby.



Filopaludina is a genus of freshwater snails in the family Viviparidae. This type of Filopaludina comes from their native in Sulawesi.



Melanoides cf. maculata
Melanoides is a genus of freshwater snail in the subfamily Thiarinae of the family Thiaridae. This type of Melanoides comes from their native environment in West Java.


Miratesta celebensis

Miratesta celebensis
Miratesta celebensis is a species of freshwater air-breathing snails. Miratesta celebensis snails have light gray, left-coiling shells that are very hard and rugged.


Ramshorn snails

Planorbidae (Ramshorn snails)
Ramshorn snails inhabit clear freshwater either stagnant or slow running, live on aquatic vegetation, and feed on minute algae and fine organic deposits.



Septaria is a genus of freshwater and brackish water snails in the family Neritidae. This type of Septaria snails comes from their native environment in West Java.


Chopstick snail

Stenomelania cf. torulosa (Chopstick snail)
Stenomelania is a genus of freshwater snails in the family Thiaridae. This type of Stenomelania snails comes from their native environment in West Java.


Tiger spike chopstick snail

Stenomelania acutospira (Tiger spike chopstick snail)
Stenomelania acutospira has a spike-shaped appearance. These are great snails to have in the tank that do a great job of sifting the sand and keeping it much cleaner.



Stenomelania cf. clavus
The unusually long pointed shell of this Stenomelania is a real eye-catcher in the aquarium. This type of Stenomelania is collected from their native environment in West Java.


Black panther snail

Sulcospira testudinaria (Black panther snail)
Sulcospira testudinaria is an interesting snail from the Pachychilidae family, with dark brown to black shell colored, or yellowish to brown, with brownish flames.



Tarebia is a genus of freshwater snails in the family Thiaridae. This type of Tarebia mostly collected from their natural environment in West Java and Sulawesi.


Hairy snail

Thiara cancellata (Hairy snail)
Thiara Cancellata is found in shallow river waters. These unusual-looking gastropod has a light brown shell that has unusual long dark bristles that resemble hairs.


Trumpet snails

Thiara winteri (Trumpet snails)
Thiari winteri belongs to the Thiaridae family. Its beautiful shell is gray-brown to almost black and has conspicuous grooves with distinct projections that resemble spines.


Black devil snail

Faunus ater (Black devil snail)
Faunus ater shell color ranges from a rich chocolate brown to a beautiful, glossy black, and its body features gray/ black or chestnut brown colors.


Mystery snail

Pomacea cf. bridgesii (Mystery snail)
Pomacea is a genus of freshwater snails in the family Ampullariidae, the apple snails. This type of Pomacea is collected from their native environment in West Java.


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