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The Waterhouse Snail is a great scavenger in freshwater aquariums. They are the largest freshwater snail in Australia, native to Central Western Queensland & the Northern Territory. Waterhouse snails feed on algae, excess food, and organic waste in the aquarium making it an excellent member of the clean up crew. It is an extremely peaceful freshwater snail that can reach 4cm in diameter. 

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Please note: avoid the use of copper based treatments if invertebrates/snails are present in the tank.


Features of Waterhouse Snail's:

  • Vary in tones of brown and beige. Juveniles appear lighter
  • Hardy species suited for tropical conditions
  • Can filter food from the water column
  • Grows up to 4cm
  • Australia's largest freshwater snail
  • Bears live young


Waterhouse Snail : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Waterhouse Snail's:

Waterhouse Snail's do well in almost all size aquariums from 10L+. 

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Waterhouse Snail Tank Mate Compatibility:

Waterhouse snail's are peaceful and non-aggressive invertebrates. They are slow moving and lack ability to defend themselves other than retracting into their shell. Only keep with peaceful small species of aquarium fish that are not known to nip.

Here are some great tank mates for your Waterhouse snail:

Waterhouse Snail Food :

Waterhouse Snail are not picky eaters. In addition to scavenging for food such as excess fish food, algae and organic material, the will feed on algae wafers and vegetables.  

Waterhouse Snail Tank Set-up

Aquatic Plants:

Waterhouse snails will consume aquatic plants when the leaves of the plants are soft or decaying. They generally leave healthy living plant material alone.

Consider use of aquatic plants with firmer leaves such as:

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Aquarium Lighting:

Snails don't require any specific lights however they do appreciate area's of shade which can be created with use of ornaments, live or fake plants.

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Aquarium Filter:

Waterhouse snails enjoy some organic waste in the aquarium. Avoid strong and direct water flow but ensure plenty of oxygenation. Select an aquarium filter suited for your aquarium size. Some options include sponge filters, hang on filters and canister filters.

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Aquarium Heater:

Waterhouse snails enjoy warmer temperatures between 20 - 28 degrees Celsius. A heater is recommended in cold climates and during winter. Aquarium heaters help stabilize water temperature keeping it consistent. Always use a fish tank thermometer to monitor temperature. 

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Aquarium Decorations:

Waterhouse snails enjoy climbing in, around, on and under all types of aquarium ornaments. Driftwood in particular produces a natural organic bio-film that Waterhouse snails love to eat. In addition to driftwood, use natural rock, ornaments, caves and silk plants.

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Aquarium Substrate:

Aquarium Sand, gravels of all grades, and pebbles are all suitable for Waterhouse snails. They will appreciate scavenging for food between the substrate.

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Additional Information

Snail Keeping Snapshot :

Preferred Water Parameters :

Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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