I think assassin snails are neat and want to keep them, but prefer not to feed them other snails. So what can they eat if live snails aren’t on the menu? They love any meaty food and frozen fish food works well as a diet. Mine love frozen mussels, with frozen bloodworms as a close second. They will also eat frozen mysis shrimp and in a pinch shrimp pellets but they would much rather have frozen food over freeze dried or flakes.
The picture above shows the snails congregating around a cube of mussels that was dropped in the water for them to eat.
It’s been a rough road trying to acquire the yellow spotted rabbit snail over the last two years. I am up to 5 adults and 15 juveniles made up of the rare petstore find and a few purchased from other hobbyists online. I have not succeeded in finding any additional adults that may be old enough to breed. Hopefully with some patience, the juvenile snails will grow up to form a small breeding group. The current adults may possibly all be the same gender because I haven’t seen any proof of breeding despite the fact that they seem to like my aquarium conditions (they are quite active and dive in with the mystery snails to eat snello and vegetables such as cut organic green beans). The photographs below show the variety of patterning on this species as well as the unique antennae coloration.
I am somewhat fascinated with rabbit snails and have a few orange posos, yellows, yellow spotted and now… the unexpected. GORONTALO RABBIT SNAILS.
I have been begging a local pet store to get orange rabbit snails for me because I have been hoping to setup an orange poso breeding group. Sadly I have only managed to get 4 of them in the last year and a half…
This week, I was pleasantly surprised, not only to find that they had managed to get in 6 orange rabbit snails, but that they appear to be the rare Gorontalo rabbit snail. All 6 of these beautiful snails came home with me and they will be living in a 60 gallon aquarium. I am hoping they will breed for me, with time, since they are so incredibly rare. Like all rabbit snails they will only produce around 1 baby per month per female. There is no way to sex them so I just have to wait and see if I have both males and females in the group. Time will tell.
Below are a few more pictures of these unusual rabbit snails.
I have kept my pink ramshorn snails for a few years and they keep breeding and produce various shades of pink… until now. They seem to have spontaneously mutated which puzzled the heck out of me to begin with. I kept picking up the snail in the featured photo for a week thinking it was dead or dying… until I realized that no, it in fact is what I would call an ivory ramshorn snail. I have since found a few with similar coloration. if a bit more peach, and a single baby which has no obvious pigment. I will let this small group breed and see if it is a color that can be stabilized. Most people I have talked to report that gold or white colored ramshorns snails die when pea sized or smaller. The snail in the featured photo is quite large, perhaps nickel size. You can see it over a quarter below along with a few other photos.