Helena Caracol Anentome ▷ 【Care Guide and Breeding Aquarium】

▷ Caracol Helena Anentome【Guía De Cuidados Y Cría En Acuario 】

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snail Helena

  • Scientific name: Anentome Helena
  • Common name: Helena Caracol or Caracol Murderer
  • Size of the aquarium: 20 hereinafter liters
  • Temperament: Quiet
  • Temperature: Between 22Â ° C and 26 ° C
  • pH: Between 6 Y 8
  • Diet: Carnivorous
  • Length: 2 cms a 2,5 cms


The Clea Helena is also known as Helena Caracol or Caracol Murderer due to its preference for feeding other snails. This aquatic mollusk is native to Southeast Asia, Y It is a commonly used in aquariums for being a carnivore snail species which it helps combat pests other snails. As a curiosity, Vietnam is highly valued as part of the traditional cuisine of that country.


The commonly called snail Murderer, It has a fluted shell-shaped spiral with yellow stripes and brown or black. Besides that, these snails have two horns, and a fallopian tube-like hollow transparent, which they use to locate their prey using it to feel and perceive the movements of water waves. You can live approximately 5 years, and in optimal conditions a 9 O 10 years, reaching a maximum size of about 2,5 a 3,5 centimeters.

Distribution and habitat

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A Caracol Murderer He likes to live in rivers and marshes with sandy bottoms to bury. They are often found in calm waters. It is from Southeast Asia, specifically the island of Java, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and Thailand.

Aquarium conditions

Helena Caracol It does not require large spaces or too specific conditions for maintenance and no special lighting or vegetation is needed, because it adapts well to the general characteristics of any normal aquarium. However, The important is maintain habitat conditions very neat and as close as possible to its Pure environment. For this reason, you need to change the water regularly aquarium.

  • These snails need a pH 7
  • An eight-18 gL
  • The temperature of the water should be about 24 degrees about

Definitely, Clea Helena or the Caracol Murderer is a specimen very best for our aquarium, because it can help us with pest management and other snails at a time collaborate with the removal of remains of carrion, leftovers, dead leaves, and many others. further, It is also a very beautiful animal that can either beautify and enrich our aquarium.


Los Caracoles Murderers are carnivores eat other snails Phisas, Planorbis o Melanoides. Although their diet is based on other snails types, It is also noted that in their natural habitat or in the aquarium, They can consume carrion and other debris as well as remains of dead plants. On the other hand, You can eat also remains fall to the bottom of fish food. Normally, Helena Caracol not eat the of the same species, although it has been demonstrated in some cases not very frequent, the presence of empty snail shells Murderer at the bottom of the aquarium, evidencing that way, cannibalism within the same species. For this reason, this snail well lives up to his reputation as a murderer.

Behavior and compatibility

So basic, It is a very peaceful animal. It along with other animal species except fish that eat snails (As the Botia clown or the Blowfish). Too, inside the aquarium They can stay with prawns (gambario), although in some cases they have been documented attacks on them, but usually copies were sick or weak for some reason. Conversely, with other snails it is quite aggressive. The Caracol Murderer attacks and hunt down any snail that is close to him, unless their size find it really intimidating. Sometimes readily they observed taking small walks and moving quietly along the edges of the polls or tanks then returned to the water.


Helena Caracol, Unlike many species of snails, It is not hermaphrodite, that is to say, for for reproduction is necessary the presence of a male and a female. Physical or morphological differences between males and females are invaluable, that is to say, they are not distinguishable at a glance. For that reason, there must be at the Aquarium with the presence of several copies (between 7 and eight approximately) to ensure the existence of both sexes and thus possible reproduction. Fertilization occurs with a hug between the male and the female can last several hours. Once the female is fertilized proceeds to put overnight between 10 Y 20 small eggs square shape 1 a 1.5 mm surrounded by a gelatinous mass. Unlike other snails lay their eggs in clusters, Helena Caracol puts one at the entire surface of the aquarium. Normally, all eggs do not hatch. After fertilization, Helena Caracol lays its eggs on logs O stones in the water, the shape of the eggs is similar to that of a small square sack and transparent. After a couple of weeks, the eggs hatch and leaves them with a snail 0,5 mm, which is buried and remains feeding on small microorganisms, carrion and other waste until it is fully formed with a size of 5 mm. At that point it will be possible to see it in search of small snails to feed themselves.

Pictures and images of the Caracol Helena

Video snail Helena, the murderer snail

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