Hey, there FIsh Fam! Welcome back to Rae’s Aquaria. Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite aquatic animals. Now these animals are often overlooked underappreciated, and sometimes even hated within the aquarium community. However, we’re going to talk about proper care of these animals no matter what kind of water you may have. 🎵Music Playing🎵 The animal that we’re going to talk about is of course Planorbis rubrum also known as the Ramshorn Snail. They come in a wide range of colors and I happen to keep the Blue Leopard Ramshorn snail and the pink Ramshorn snail. Now chances are you have probably encountered this snail whether you wanted to or not. They can be pretty prolific and their egg sacs often hitchhike on plants purchased from hobbyists and stores. But despite what people say about them their population is easy to control and they don’t eat live plants. In fact, they can make wonderful additions to the overall ecosystem of a planted aquarium. They are known as decomposers and they break down decaying matter. Keeping these wonderful animals is extremely easy since they can withstand a wide variety of parameters. But if you want to keep them as healthy as possible you do need to meet one major requirement regardless if you have soft water or hard water. That requirement is calcium. Like most inverts, calcium is needed to build and repair their outer shell. The shell itself is made mostly of calcium carbonate and a few other organic compounds. Without access to the proper amount of calcium a snail will eventually suffer from what’s known as shell erosion like the snail that you see pictured here. Now let’s do a comparison of these two snails. Don’t worry. They were only out of water for less than a minute. Now both of these snails are about the same size and age and also from the same line of pink snails. But the snail that you see here on the left has found their way into one of my tanks that does not get calcium supplementation. You can clearly see white banding and a flaky shell. However, if you look at the snail on the right, there’s minimal erosion which is a clear indication that this snail has received the proper amount of calcium during its lifespan. While a slight amount of erosion isn’t detrimental, too much erosion can lead to stunted growth and premature death. And, let’s be honest, part of an ornamental snails appeal is their shell so a healthy shell is a healthy snail! Now there are several ways to deliver calcium to your snails. If you have hard water with calcium, then you’re lucky. With the regular water changes, you might be able to get away with your snails needing little to no calcium supplementation. For those of us who have soft water with little to no calcium present we need to either use things like crushed coral to raise the hardness. PH, or mineral content or supplement the snails diet. In my opinion, you should always give invertebrates a calcium rich diet just to be on the safe side. I plan on doing a full video on feeding your snails in the future but for now Here’s a rough list of calcium rich vegetables that you can use to feed your snails and other inverts. This list includes kale and other greens such as spinach, mustard, turnip, and collards and you can also feed some fruits like oranges and raisins. Careful feeding your snails raw fruits and veggies. Some of them do contain various levels of phosphorus which can foul your water pretty fast. Of course, there are also prepared foods that you can use which include just about any food geared towards shrimps and crabs. But be careful with some algae wafers. Even though some bags of algae wafers list ingredients that contain the word calcium, they’re generally low amounts of calcium. People have also had success giving their snails eggshells, cuttlebones, and even Tums for calcium sources My personal favorite method of calcium delivery is making good old-fashioned, homemade snello. It’s an all-in-one food and you can make it pretty cheap from stuff that you might already keep in your home. I will show you guys that recipe in a future video. So aside from their dietary requirement snails are actually pretty easy to care for. They do incredibly well with docile community fish. But can sometimes have their antennae picked on by more aggressive fish like Bettas and Cichlids. Also, keep in mind that they do have a high bio-load for their size and they can crash smaller systems if that bio-load is not kept in check by keeping the population in check. And that’s it! Caring for Ramshorn Snails is incredibly easy and they’re a very resilient animal. In the future, I will have a complete tutorial on how to feed your snails including a recipe from my favorite snello that I use in all of my invertebrate tanks. If you guys have any specific questions that I did not answer for you today in this video Go ahead and leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to like, or even dislike, and subscribe! And as always, thanks for watching!