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Helena Predatory Snails: keeping and feeding in an aquarium

The predatory aquarium snail Helena (scientifically called Anentome Helena) is an interesting and original way to clean your aquarium from excess or harmful mollusks. It is noteworthy that this snail can cope not only with the smallest snails, but also with rather large individuals, so it makes sense to get one for yourself.

The structure of the mouth of this predatory snail Helena allows it to suck out other snails from their shells, after which they eat them. However, in keeping the snail helena quite unpretentious, you can feed it and other food, such as fish food. Helena can, there is also the remains of plants, animals.

Living plants that are in the aquarium in most cases remain intact. The danger threatens them only when this unusual predator is deprived of any food at all, i.e. with a very bad content of these inhabitants of your bank.

If a planarial parasite wound up in your aquarium, then the helens will relieve you of it in the shortest possible time, this snail is a real sanitary aquarium.

It is necessary to keep this aquarium dweller in hard water, since the shell cannot be formed in soft water, the pH level is neutral 7, sand is used as the soil, the snail hunts by buried in it. If you run out of food for these snails in your aquarium, you can feed them with frozen seafood.

Frozen daphnia and artemia will also be suitable as feed.

This predator is difficult not to notice due to the bright color – a yellow shell with brown stripes on it. Adult Anentome Helena can grow up to eighteen centimeters in length.

For a snail, helena moves rather quickly, can be masked, buried in the ground.

If you plan to breed them, then you should buy not one but several snails, since they are opposite-sex, on the other hand this is a big plus and you will be sure that they will not inhabit your aquarium instead of ordinary snails. Well, after buying a few Helen, you just have to believe that there will still be a couple among them and they will give offspring.

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