Tylomelania sp. is a lacustrine species found exclusively in Lake Matano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Rabbit Snails Tylomelania sp. is most striking because it appears to have a bunny “face,” with an elongated head, drooping yellow antennae “ears,” and a long, downturned mouth.
Rabbit Snails also are quite the character to watch, using its muscular foot to move along the substrate in loping, deliberate “steps,” arching and dragging its spiraling unicorn-horn shell as it goes.
They make excellent cleanup crews, seeking out leftover food and vacuuming up detritus from the substrate. They will also consume algae and plant matter, occasionally eating aquarium plants like Java Ferns.
Given the right conditions, Rabbit Snails are documented to reproduce in the home aquarium, but at too slow of a rate to worry about nuisance population explosions. They are one of the rare snails who deliver 1-3 perfectly formed “babies” in individual milky-white egg sacs.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
– PH level range: 6.5 to 8.5
– Temperature range: 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
– Water type: Medium hard
– Recommended tank mates: Other types of snails (other Nerite snails, Mystery Snails, Sulawesi Snails, etc.), dwarf shrimp (such as Blue Velvet shrimp, Sakura Fire Red Cherry Shrimp, Neon Yellow Shrimp, etc.). They can also be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish.
– Additional notes: With all snails, it’s a good idea to make sure the water line in your aquarium isn’t too high, as these snails tend to climb up beyond the water line. Snails do not tolerate water with high nitrate levels. Snails are very sensitive to copper, so watch out for copper if you use tap water in your tank.