Sulawesi Snail (Tylomelania sp.)

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Sulawesi Snail

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Tylomelania sp.

19 Litres (5 US G.)

2.5-7.6cm (1-3 ")




7.2 - 8.5

25.6-26.7°C (78 -80 °F)

6-20 °d

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

1-3 years

Alternative Names[edit]

Sulawesi Snail, Rabbit Snail


These new species of snails have recently been discovered in Sulawesi, Indonesia. There are many different colours and species, and are just making their début into America.


Unknown, but they are NOT hermaphrodites.


Lays 1 egg, amount of babies produced has not yet been recorded.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A very peaceful snail despite its size. Will not harm any fish, or inverts. Do not keep with aggressive fish that may attack or eat the snail like Loaches.They have been known to eat some plants and mosses.


Eats algae, left over fish food, par-boiled vegetables and fruit. Will not generally eat plants. Will mostly stay on substrate and glass since its too heavy for leaves to support its weight.

Feeding regime[edit]

Only supplement food if necessary.

Environment Specifics[edit]

  • Must have high water temperature of around 25.6-26.7°C (78-80°F) and a pH greater than 7.0, since those are the water conditions in Sulawesi. Do not keep in very soft water as the lack of calcium will cause the shell to corrode.
  • Does not like salt or Copper, presence of either will kill this snail.


Very peaceful snail towards others of its own kind and fish and other inverts.


The shell is conical (cornucopia) in shape and heavily ridged, it has been found in a variety of colours. It is a fairly large snail with the shell reaching around 5.1-7.6cm (2-3")


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