We have Malaysian Trumpet Snails in all our shrimp tanks. We ship them as juveniles 2 – 8 mm, so it gives them the best chance of survival.
Max Size: 2 – 3 cm
Lifespan: < 2 years
Temp: 20 – 28
Ph: 6.4 – 7.5
Hobbyists can find these snails for sale in many pet stores these days. Trumpet Snails eat almost continuously. They are good scavengers and tank cleaners thanks to their great appetites.
Malaysian Trumpet Snails – a Pet or Pest?
As a pet: Trumpet Snails can make interesting pets for some aquarists. Under the right conditions, Trumpet Snails can be an asset to an aquatic environment. This is especially true in tanks with live plants. These snails are so common that pet stores may throw a few in for free with another purchase. If purchasing Trumpet Snails, look for specimens that appear to be moving or affixed to hard surfaces. Avoid snails that are lying motionless or upside-down on the tank bottom. Also avoid purchasing snails kept in display tanks with dead, dying or diseased tank mates.
As a pest: To some hobbyists, Trumpet Snails are an unwanted, invasive and annoying pest. They are quick to reproduce and their numbers can increase in no time. Malaysian Trumpet Snails can find their way into tanks inadvertently, most often as hitch hikers catching a ride on live plants. Whether Malaysian Trumpet Snails are considered pet or pest depends on each individual hobbyist and the tank they are trying to keep.