Devil's Thorn Snail - Faunus ater
Devil's Thorn Snail - Faunus ater
   
  • fascinating large snail
  • dark shell
  • metallic overpainted
  • well suited for community aquariums

Devil's Thorn Snail - Faunus ater

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Devil's Thorn Snail - Faunus ater
The beautiful Faunus ater, also known as the devil's thorn snail, fascinates with its very smooth, spirally wound tower-shaped shell, whose black base is often overpainted with copper. The Devil's Thorn Snail is an exceptionally hardy, persistent snail that quickly acclimates to the aquarium and is then very long-lived. Unfortunately, it does not reproduce in freshwater. - Garnelio
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A very special snail in the aquarium is the devil's thorn snail Faunus ater, which is widely distributed Southeast Asia. The genus is monophyletic, which means that there is only one species in this genus. The devil's thorn snail impresses with its almost black body and the black, often coppery overpainted spiral shell. It can grow up to eight centimeters long and tapers to a point at the back. In nature, they are found in large numbers in the lower reaches of larger rivers and also in brackish estuaries, usually on muddy substrates. Although the Devil's Thorn Snail is separately sexual, it is not possible to distinguish males from females by external characteristics.

All in all, the Devil's Thorn Snail is very peaceful and gets along with other aquarium inhabitants without any problems, provided they do not eat snails. Aggressive fish, however, cause them to burrow into the bottom. It feels especially comfortable in an aquarium with a sandy bottom.

So far it has not been possible to breed the devil's thorn snail in the aquarium. In nature, the young are washed into the sea with the current, where they grow into juvenile snails, which then migrate back to the estuaries.

As for food, we feed Faunus ater with very great success with Natureholic snail feed. They also like to utilize food remains and dead plant parts and graze algae carpets. However, you should always feed the large snails as well. Although devil's thorn snails are always wild-caught, they are quite robust and uncomplicated and get used to the new living conditions in the aquarium very quickly.

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 fed up well with it.

Our plant recommendation: Use for the 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.

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Scientific name: Faunus ater (Linnaeus, 1758)
German name: Devil's Thorn Snail
Difficulty level: suitable for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Southeast Asia
Coloration: Shell very smooth and black, often overpainted with copper, body black with light pigments
Age expectancy: up to 8 years
Water parameters: pH 6.5 to 8.5, KH above 3, GH up to 22, temperature 23 to 30 °C
Tank size: from 54 l
Food: Algae deposits and growth a supplementary feeding should take place, the animals are accustomed to Natureholic snail feed. As vacation food we recommend the AlgaePlates, which last at least 2 weeks in the aquarium without polluting the water!
Reproduction: Uncontrolled reproduction does not take place, reproduction in freshwater is not possible
Behavior: very peaceful
Socialization: with shrimps, other peaceful snails, mussels, 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: "Neigt diese Art dazu aus dem Aquarium zu klettern? Kann dazu in der Beschreibung Nichts konkretes finden. Vielen Dank vorab"

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from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Straube, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Die Tiere koennen aus dem Becken klettern tun dies aber nur aeusserst selten. 

Question: "Hi, kann ich die Schnecken zusammen mit einem blauen Florida Krebs halten?"

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from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Chris, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Nein die Tiere brauchen sehr warmes Wasser das die Florida Krebse nicht aushalten. 

Question: "Vertragen sich die Schnecken mit Barschen in einem 300l Becken und könnte man damit das Algenwachstum in diesem Becken ein wenig eindämmen? "

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Hallo Alexander, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Die Schnecken sind nicht gut in der Bekaempfung von Algen und werden von Barschen gefressen. 

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