Septaria sp.
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Septaria sp.

Common Names: Abalone Snail
Freshwater Limpet
Salinity: Freshwater
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.
23°C - 27°C
73°F - 81°F
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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