Malaysian Trumpet Snails are a tropical freshwater species of aquarium snail. They can be identified by the long cone-like shell on their backs. This spiral shell comes in a number of colors with the most prominent being beige with dark brown patterns. They are popular removers of debris. Often they will burrow within the substrate and surface to consume food and organic waste. They are available to purchase at most LFS or from other hobbyists. Malaysian Trumpet Snails are popular snails and are very easy to breed. Malaysian Trumpet Snails are smaller species and will often not exceed 1/2" in length. Females are often slightly larger than males, but sexing is difficult.
Malaysian Trumpet Snails are avid consumers of debris, especially debris that has fallen on the gravel surface. Malaysian Trumpet Snails do not consume live plants and will not compete with aquarium shrimp for food. They are docile and a suitable inhabitant for a community tank. They can also be kept with other non aggressive fish and snails species.
Malaysian Trumpet Snails have an added benefit of aerating and stirring the substrate. They will not disturb plant roots but will aerate the aquarium benefiting both plants and fish. Malaysian Trumpet Snails reproduce no eggs but rather live young. Like some other species of snail, they can reproduce at rapid rates. To prevent this species overrunning the aquarium it is advisable to limit debris and food, thus limiting population.