|Common Names:||Abalone Snail|
|Distribution:||Abalone Snails are found in rivers across South Asia and Indo-Pacific islands.|
|Care:||Care is easy. Provide a tank of at least five gallons. Moderately hard, alkaline water is recommended to promote shell growth; do not put this species in acidic water. The Abalone Snail is not light-shy and will frequently be seen during the day, but some hiding places are appreciated as well.|
This herbivorous snail is harmless to all other tank inhabitants, including fry and eggs. Do not house it with invertebrate-eating fish such as loaches, pufferfish, or large cichlids. Multiple specimens of this species can be kept in the same tank.
|Feeding:||The Abalone Snail does best in an established tank, where it will feed on algae and organic detritus. This snail will not harm aquatic plants.|
|Potential Size:||Male: 2cm (0.8")|
Female: 2cm (0.8")
|Comments:||The Abalone Snail is slow-growing compared to most other snails seen in the hobby. It has been gaining popularity recently due to its unusual appearance and algae-eating abilities.|
This species is not hermaphroditic like most other snails in the hobby - there are both males and females, though no sexual dimorphism is known. Captive reproduction of the Abalone Snail is largely unheard of. Pairs of snails will frequently lay yellowish, drop-shaped eggs in various locations in the tank, but it is thought that brackish water is needed for them to hatch.
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