Bladder Snail (Physa acuta)

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Bladder Snail

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Bladder Snail

Physa acuta

19 Litres (5 US G.)

0.6-1.3cm (0.25-0.5 ")




7.2 - 8.5

18 -25 °C (64.4-77°F)

6-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years

This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Bladder Snail, Acute Bladder Snail, European physa, Tadpole Snail

Synonyms[edit | edit source]

Physella acuta

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These snails are hermaphroditic.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful snail, will not bother tank inhabitants. However, should not be kept with aggressive fish that may attack it such as Loaches or Pufferfish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Omnivorous, will graze around the environment, will eat plants, dead and decaying matter, and algae wafers.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Will constantly graze.

Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers fairly still but well oxygenated water. Can survive in outdoor ponds and found throughout waterways in Europe. When found in a tropical aquarium, the snail will be much more active and prolific.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A fast moving snail. This snail can often come into fish tanks as a pest snail hidden away in plants and will multiply in number.

Identification[edit | edit source]

The juveniles are small, initially about 1 mm in diameter. Their shells may be clear and transparent for the first to two months of life depending on water conditions.
The adults have a smooth brown speckled oval shell with 3-4 whorls, the last whorl of the shell is very much expanded, so it's larger than all of the remaining spire. Has slender antennae and does not possess an operculum.

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