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Cleaning a rabbit snail (tylomelania) aquarium

Cleaning my rabbit snail aquariums takes some special consideration. While mystery snails and ramshorns will happily mob food at one end of the aquarium while I carefully clean, this isn’t always true of rabbit snails. Rabbit snails eat until they are very full, and then can sleep for a few days. When resting, they often burrow under the aquarium gravel and hide behind the sponge filters. Females also do this right before giving birth to a baby.

To keep them as safe as possible from injury, I very carefully rake the gravel with my fingers and remove every single rabbit snail I can find and place them gently in a bucket. Then I can safely gravel vacuum their aquarium and put them back as soon as the debris settles again.

I also squeeze the sponge filters in a separate bucket to break up the bio-film and make sure they aren’t clogged and that water is still flowing through them well and replace filter media as needed.

Yellow rabbit snails in a bucket while there aquarium is being gravel vacuumed.
Yellow rabbit snails in a bucket while there aquarium is being gravel vacuumed.

Yellow Spotted Rabbit Snail – Tylomelania / Sulawesi Snails

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.