Pond Snails are the most common species of freshwater snail. They are considered both useful and a pest. Unlike Ramshorn snails they are less likely to consume plants in the aquarium. They can however reproduce quickly often causing overpopulation. The eggs are clear jelly like clutches laid on glass and hardscape and can be easily removed.
Pond snails are omnivorous and will consume plants and food meant for other invertebrates. Any excess food should be removed from the tank as to not encourage population outbreak. They are suitable in a community tank and will do fine with other shrimp and invertebrate.
Pond Snails can be identified by their dark brown peppered shell. Their body can range from a light translucent yellow color to a deep brown. Their body is often dotted with tiny dark spots.
Pond Snails will lay batches of eggs around the aquarium. They can be seen with the naked eye and should be removed if there is an overpopulation.
Pond snails like Ramshorn Snails receive a bad reputation. In smaller numbers Pond Snails are excellent aquarium cleaners and will contribute to low nitrates. When feeding other shrimp and inverts make sure they are given only enough food for them to consume in an hour. Remove any excess after this time period.