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Albino snail, or different species?

I have literally hundreds of dime-sized ramshorn snails in my 15 gallon invert tank. It is heavily planted and contains lots of cherry shrimp, a bamboo shrimp, probably 6 species of snails and most recently planeria and gammarus scuds (woo!).

So, I have hundreds of the ramshorns and every one of them is dark brown with a dark brown foot... except one. It has a yellow-orangish shell with a pale orange-sherbert colored foot. Is this an albino or a different species? Camera is complete crap, but here's my best attempt:



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No word? Perhaps I should ask a snail forum eh?


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Looks like a red ramshorn snail to me. Just like the one in my avatar. The red gene is recessive to the dark brown. It's a pretty desirable trait over the ugly dark colors most people own today. The red variety was pretty common a few decades ago, but a lot of cross bredding occured with the brown and the trait has become rare today.

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Cool! I wonder what I could do to get more like this. Would I have to separate it out and mix with others? Unfortunately I only have the one.

"Sherbert" has quickly become my favorite snail!


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Yea... you'll need to separate it out. Pair it off with another red one and you'll get your babies! Just hope you have another red one growing somewhere.

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Are snails hermaphroditic? Do you just need 2 or do you need male and female?


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