Ramshorn snails (Planorbarius corneus)

Ramshorn snails (Planorbarius corneus)

Ramshorn snails are one of the most popular aquarium snails that exist. Due to its spiral-shaped house, which comes in different colors, it fascinates all observers of the aquarium. Due to its size, it can be used in very small to very large tanks. In the aquarium it can help to destroy algae.

Water parameters for ramshorn snails

  • PH value: 6.5 – 8.5
  • GH (total hardness): 5° – 20° dGH
  • KH (carbonate hardness): 3° – 20° dKH
  • Temperature: 15° – 28°C


These snails, when fully grown, can grow up to 2.5 cm. The shell of the snail is spiral shaped. Ramshorn snails come in different colors, which are created by different colored shells and the shining through of the body. Originally, the animals were brown, however, in modern times they are often found in blue, red, orange and pink.


Since ramshorn snails have both male and female sex oranges, only one animal is needed to get more specimens. In order to reproduce, the animal lays eggs on leaves of plants or even on furnishings. The most important thing for the snails to reproduce quickly is the supply of food. If there is enough food, the reproduction happens almost automatically. Thus, breeding is already possible for beginners. Through the food you can also prevent further snail babies as good as.

Keeping ramshorn snails

Ramshorn snails are very easy to keep aquarium inhabitants, which make few demands on the water values, which is why they are also suitable for absolute beginners. In the aquarium should be enough food possibilities by dead plant tissue or food remainders available. In community tanks one does not have to feed these animals therefore usually extra. Healthy plants are normally not eaten, because the teeth of the snail are too soft. Even in empty tanks, such as breeding aquariums, these animals can live, if you add food for them. For 5 – 10 snails already an aquarium with a size of 10 l is enough.

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