【Corneus Planorbis Caracol ▷ Guide Care and Breeding Aquarium】

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Planorbis Caracol

  • Scientific name: Planorbia succulence
  • Common name: Caracol planorbis, Caracol devil
  • Size of the aquarium: 20 liters
  • Temperament: Quiet
  • Temperature: 20ºC a 26ºC
  • pH: 7.zero a 8.5
  • Diet: omnivorous
  • Length: 2 cms.


Snails Planorbis corneus They are highly appreciated by fans of acuariofilia, why son snails really easy to care and play in the acuarioâ € |tanto, which if not careful you can become a real plague. Its effect within the ecosystem of the aquarium is beneficial, feed on the remains found at the bottom and algae from the aquarium. We can find snails Planorbis with different colorations shell, although the most appreciated is the red coloration.


Planorbis Caracol corneus reaches 2 centimeters at its adult state and often live among 2 Y 3 years, depending on the characteristics of the aquarium. With very high temperatures accelerates metabolism less living and, while with cold water usually they prolong their life expectancy. It is very characteristic shell, and somewhat flattened spiral as in all snails. It has a high spiral, large curved outer, to finish in the center of the shell of the snail. In contrast to many snails lack opérculo, the closure of the shell that keeps them safe in their inside.

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The variety of colorful in Planorbis snails is extensive, since brown tones, blue, roses, red and gold, red shade being the most cherished and hard to get. The shade we observe is the result of the coloration of the shell, but also the color of the body of the snail. Young snails usually show some specks that are part of the pigmentation of the mantle, that it is disappearing as it grows and its shell becomes thicker and opaque. It is not uncommon to see as within the same aquarium without introducing any different copy, may arise variations in color.

sexual dimorphism

As with most snails, are hermaphrodites. There is no difference between males and females, because they can exchange their function at any time. They have male and female reproductive organs. All units produce both sperm and eggs, but they must be matched between them, why they can not self-pollinate.

Distribution and habitat

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They are native to Europe and Central Asia, although there are colonies of snails Planorbis corneus in all areas with tropical climate of the world. Pure in your state live in fresh water courses with little movement, They are able to hibernate and withstand long periods of drought.

Aquarium conditions

They can survive well in an aquarium without filter, air pump or heater. They do not attack or eat the leaves of Aquarium plants, the opposite, They tend to burrow into the substrate aquarium, avoiding compression of the sandy substrate and improving the circulation of air and root expansion. They can be perfectly in a planted aquarium, only damaged leaves and be eaten and are decaying.

Water quality

Although they withstand extreme conditions, for a perfect development of the snail Planorbis corneus, we must maintain the following parameters of the water:

  • Temperature: Between 20 and 26 ° C, with a temperature below 18 ° C snails enter a hibernation process.
  • pH: The pH should be between 7.0 Y 8.5. With a pH below 7, the shells begin to rid.
  • dH: Slightly hard water, between three.35 and 6.7, to avoid decalcifications.


They are omnivores and scavengers, all kinds of algae they eat and debris found at the bottom of the aquarium, both sheets, leftover food from other fish and remains of dead fish. Respect aquarium plants, its radula (apparatus they used to scrape and grind food) It is not strong enough to scrape healthy leaves. They can provide food plant, Leaf lettuces, pieces of zucchini or cucumber and specific dry food for snails.

Behavior and compatibility

They are very quiet, They have no problem with any kind of aquarium, except for those that are interpreted their food, as botia, cichlid fish balloon or good size.


A being a hermaphrodite species They reproduce very easily, So you can become a pest, if we have some management over population. Sunsets are performed on any surface, whether crystals, plants, filter, coming to lay their eggs on top of another snail. The amount of eggs can reach 20 per copy, in a set with oval or round, almost transparent and somewhat gelatinous. As the time of hatching is approaching, the transparent gelatinous mass, It acquires a yellowish hue, fruit of the new snails are about to be born. When new snails are born, They look like a ball and as they grow, they acquire their flat shape so typical.

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