Physidae Pond Snails

By C. Moormann

Golden Pond Snails (non apple-type)


Golden Pond Snails are a type of freshwater snail that we have living with our fish in the outdoor ponds. Don't confuse these with apple or mystery snails -- these are the smaller (1/2 inch max size) football shaped guys you can find in local ponds -- but with an uncommon shell color. Another name for this is a common pond snail. We have them in the normal brown color also but this color I have never seen anywhere but in my ponds. This is a small local variety of snail -- these guys are probably Physidae species and can survive in a broad range of water chemistry conditions. There are hundreds of species worldwide and my learning disabilities prohibit me from learning them all. We have had several requests for them locally so we have put them up on Aquabid. We are selling them as live fish food for feeding or culturing -- or pets. They lay jelly-like masses of eggs in or out of the water and can survive winter in a pond. I worry about being assigned to a lower level of mansion in the afterlife for distributing pest species but I see many people selling ramshorns and even trumpet snails so I will not be alone. As an effort to secure forgiveness I can give a little help in eliminating the pond snails if they do become a problem. A small koi or comet will eat them and not bother your fish and I have found that the Spixie snail can totally emiminate them. Spixis (spixie) is a small type of apple snail that lays large masses of eggs underwater or at the surface. A neat feature of Spixies is that they start out life inside these egg masses and eat their way out. Apparently they retain a taste for snail jelly and once you get a few larger spixies they will eat all new egg masses before the snail babies inside can grow up -- they will also devour the pond sail eggs as well as ramshorn snail eggs. Just catch out the larger pond and ramshorn snails and make sure there are no places where the Spixies cannot get to the eggs. When well-fed the spixies will not eat your plants and when you are sure all of the pond/ramshorns are gone just remove the dime-sized spixies and you are done. Do I get absolution?? We also sell the spixies. Here is a link to a webpage with some info and pics on the common pond snail: Pond snails on Wikipedia
Here is another A site on freshwater snails
Note that ours are not the ones pictured on the top of this page -- but they sure look neat. We usually ship out on Tuesdays. Shipping cost is 10.40, priority mail for up to 100 snails. Live arrival guaranteed only with Express mail, FedX next day or air cargo (Southwest). For non-alive-arrival claims a picture of the fish in the unopened bag within 48 hours is required. Any questions email rlmoormann@gmail.com you can see the snails on YouTube at link(s) scuds-n-gold-pond-snails.mov"
scuds-n-guppy-fry.MOV
All fish are sold as is. See our web site at www.marinefreshtropical.com

Here are a few of pictures of the Golden Pond Snails:
Golden Pond Snails
Golden Pond Snails. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge

Golden Pond Snails
Golden Pond Snails. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge

Golden Pond with scuds
Golden Pond Snail with scuds. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge




Here are movies of some of the scuds and snails on YouTube on the internet:

scuds-n-gold-pond-snails.mov
scuds-n-guppy-fry.MOV