They come from Southeastern Brasil, and like South Americans are fun and colorful. Officially their name is Asolene spixii, but they are commonly known as spixi snails, spixi apple snails, or zebra snails.
They are one of the rarest snail species in the aquarium hobby and unfortunately they are almost extinct in their South America’s natural habitat.
Common in ponds, ditches shallow lagoons, slow-moving streams and rivers with sandy and soil bottom, they are an aquatic, freshwater animals.
Spixi’s habitat is full of vegetation. They prefer soft and neutral water, similar to their habitat in the Amazon river. In addition, water temperature should be between 24 and 27 degrees C or 75 and 2 degrees F. They will semi-bury in the sandy bottom of the aquarium and wait there if the water is too cold. Spixi snails don’t require a large tank, they can do well with 10 liters tank, sand and soil bottom and a warm water, they are one of the better shrimp to have in a soft water tank with bee shrimp.
A healthy spixi snail is easily identifiable. Spixi snails are a smaller freshwater species with yellowish shells and dark spiral stripes on them. The shell of Asolene spixi has a pointed top, and the shell opening is an oval shape. Spixi’s shell structure is relatively flat as they are small and smooth. In addition, the base of their shells is yellow or white, on it there are dark brown or almost black spiral strips.
Their brown strips give spixi snails the zebra pattern effect. The body of a healthy snail is light brown or sometimes dark yellow with very long tentacles and dark brown spots, mainly on the head. The corneous, medium-thick operculum is concentric, the nucleus is located near the center of the shell. Healthy spixi snails live from 2 to 3 years on average, with the exceptional care they can live up to four or five years.
In addition, spixi snails will live well in most types of friendly aquarium setups. they can be very quiet and shy during the day, with the exception of the lunchtime. They are social and and like to hang out in groups like above, evermore they rarely show aggression. towards shrimps and small fishes.
On the other hand, they aren’t either completely plant safe. Especially younger spixi snails may eat soft and tender plants. Spixis can’t chop, so they eat the tender parts of aquarium plants and leave small holes on them. Like written before, they are friendly with other snails, shrimps and fishes, but shouldn’t be kept with assassins snails, Malaysian trumpet snails as they will eat trumpet snails.
One of the best reasons to keep them in with shrimp is that they eat any dead shrimp which in turn stops you from having tank crashes, deaths from ammonia.
Spixi snails are a nocturn specie, they will be friendly with almost all fish, shrimp, and snails species with the exception for assassins snails, trumpet snails.
The best decision is to feed spixi snails a varied menu. They mostly survive on what is in the tank, but will eat shrimp’s and fish’s food too. Spixi snails like pellets for catfish, fish flakes and shrimps granule. Their diet should contain both animal and vegetable matter. Spixi snails are found of vegetable like spinach, chopped zucchini, chopped carrots, but also of pasta and rice. For their shells it is important to provide spixis with calcium supplements like my calcium cubes here
Spixi snails reach maturity at the age of four or five months. Younger snails grow relatively fast, but should be kept separated from adult spixis.
Female spixi snails lay eggs only underwater. Spixi snail’s eggs are deposed on aquarium plants, stones, glass, embedded in a gelatinous mass. Adult spixi snails can eat their eggs as well as other snail’s eggs. It is a good idea to move the eggs until 21 or 30 days, when they usually hatch.
In conclusion, spixi snails are not demanding and very easy to care for. You must be careful where your spixi snails come from . If you import them directly from abroad, then an importation permit is required in the United States for rare aquatic snails in order to verify species and examine shipments for contamination for and other agricultural matters.