the great ramshorn snail ( planorbarius corneus) is a large native ramshorn species growing to around 3 cm ,they are great algae grazers and will eat algae from rocks, glass and plants ( they wont eat live plants ) aswell as scavenging detritus fish waste ,dead fish and left over fishfood  ,being a native species it can survive uk winters but can also be kept in coldwater and tropical aquariums ,snails make up an essential part of a pond or aquarium ecosystem and would make an excellent addition to a wildlife pond.

Great ramshorn snail (Planorbarius corneus)

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  • the great ramshorn snail is hardy and can survive in a wide range of conditions it is very easy to keep ,although like most aquatic can be sensitive to acidic water ,they can easily survive from scavenging and dont need any additional food especially if being kept in an outdoor pond but if you want to put extra food in for them they can be fed algae wafers ,bloodworm pellets ,shrimp pellets or fishfood ,they are hermaphrodites and easy to breed ,it lays small clusters of 12 to 40 eggs at a time on glass ,rock and leaves ,while it is a common beleif that snails will over populate your pond or aquarium this will only happen if there is a surplus of uneaten food and can be a good indication of over feeding.