Bella algae snail - Paludomus loricatus
Bella algae snail - Paludomus loricatus
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  • marbled body
  • Reproduction very difficult
  • likes soft water
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Bella algae snail - Paludomus loricatus
The Bella algae snail is a particularly beautiful algae and growth eating snail, which is unfortunately not particularly robust. It likes - rather unusual for snails - soft water and prefers slightly higher temperatures. In former times it was assumed that it cannot reproduce in fresh water, meanwhile this theory has been disproved. However, reproduction has succeeded only a few times in the aquarium. - Garnelio

The Bella Algae Snail Paludomus loricatus is originally from Sri Lanka. There it lives in flowing larger and smaller waters with little current, where it grazes algae growth from hard substrates such as rocks. This snail a smooth to nubby shell of brown to light brown color with a slight serrated or marbled darker pattern, which is why it is also called a marbled snail. The striking blue-black body has orange spots on the eyes, snout, along the sole and mantle margin. The animals reach a shell diameter of up to 3 cm.

The temperature in the aquarium should be between 23 and 28 °C, the water should be soft and slightly acidic with a pH of 6 to 7.

The Bella snail covers its lime requirement from its food. In addition to algae growth, the animals also like to eat suitable snail food , as well as leftover food and soft vegetables such as spinach, pumpkin or cucumber. Brown autumn leaves are also readily grazed.

Paludomus loricatus is separately sexual. The females lay eggs, from which hatch fully developed young snails that grow up in fresh water. In the aquarium breeding has already been successful, but it is still extremely rare.

The Bella snail can be kept in a community tank, but due to its slowness and relative sensitivity, a species tank is preferable. Other active and dominant snails pose strong food competition for the very reticent Marbled Snail, so it is better to keep it only with similarly reticent species with comparable requirements. Socialization with dwarf shrimp and peaceful, restrained fish is possible.

Our food recommendation: With the Natureholic Snail Feed Power Paste you create a feeding lawn that is very well accepted by all aufwuchs feeding snails. Also delicate wild-caught snails such as racing snails or staghorn snails, which are stressed after transport and do not go to conventional food, can be well fed up with it.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Actively prevent outbreaks: With the invisible Natureholic Snail Barrier you prevent the escape and loss of your snails from the aquarium.


Scientific name: Paludomus loricatus Reeve, 1847
German Name: Bella algae snail, Bella snail, marble snail, red-spotted snail
Difficulty level: suitable for informed beginners
Origin/Distribution: Sri Lanka
Coloration: Shell light to dark brown with darker marbled or zigzag pattern, body dark blue-black with orange spots and markings
Age expectancy: unknown
Water parameters: pH 6 to 7, KH 0 to 4, GH 6 to 10, temperature 22 to 28 °C
Tank size: from 45 l
Food: Snail feed, food scraps, algae cover and growth, algae plates, brown autumn leaves, vegetable chips
Reproduction: lays eggs, breeding difficult
Behavior: very peaceful
Socialization: with shrimps, other peaceful, reserved snails, with peaceful fishes
Further information Remove racing snail eggs in the aquarium, NatureHolic Booster - liquid food for shrimp, snails and mussels, Autumn leaves in the aquarium - treats for shrimp & co
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Question: "Ich habe leiden auch KH 3 im Aquarium (Leitungswasser ist hier so) und ein 550 Liter Gesellschaftsaquarium (40 Harnisch-/Panzerwelse, ca. 100 kleine Salmler, Kärpfllinge, Apistogramma). Würde sich diese Schnecke dort auch halten lassen? Wenn nein, welche Schnecke (außer Blasen-/Posthornschnecke) wäre geeignet? Asolene spixi hat nach 1 Jahr Gehäuseauflösung. Reich Crustarocks als Ergänzunbg aus? Wasser wird wöchentlich zu 80 Prozent gewechselt, also keine Aufhärtung möglich"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Harald, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Das Wasser ist extrem weic, da alle Schnecken ein Gehäuse bilden müssen, ist keine Schnecke hier gut zu pflegen. Mineralsteine helfen, aber ob dies bei so weichem Wasser ausreicht wissen wir nicht. 

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