Do I want a Spixi, or something else? - The Planted Tank Forum
  • 2 Post By mikeh
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-06-2020, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 98
Do I want a Spixi, or something else?

So I think that I want to get a Spixi snail. I'm looking for advice on whether I do or not.

I have a RCS tank that is positively over run with tiny little snails, I think what get called mini-ramshorn. My understanding is that an assassin snail might not eat them because they're too small, and might go after my shrimp, so I don't think I want assassins. I have read that a Spixi will chow down on the mini ramshorns, would chow down on any eggs they lay, and wouldn't be a problem for my shrimp.

Tell me about the downsides (I've seen references to egg sacks, but don't really understand what people are talking about).

Tell me if there are better alternatives that I haven't thought of.
mikeh is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-06-2020, 07:24 PM
snails are your friend
Blue Ridge Reef's Avatar
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 2,492
I've wanted to try these, but felt my water would be too soft. People report them eating planaria and other flatworms in addition to small snails. My understanding is the adults will even eat their own eggs and babies, but this is just from reading and talking to other hobbyists, I don't think I've ever even seen one in person. Curious to see what others have to say who have worked with the species.

Nothing good happens fast in an ecosystem.
Blue Ridge Reef is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome