This pond pack includes:
10 great pond snails ( lymnaea stagnalis )
10 wandering pond snails ( radix balthica )
10 flat ramshorn snails ( planorbis planorbis )
10 faucet snails ( bithyinia tenticulata )
10 trapdoor /river snails ( viviparus viviparus )
20 pea mussels ( sphaerium corneum )
20 water louse ( ascellus aquaticus )
20 gammarus shrimp (gammarus pullex )
3 fringed water lilys ( nymphoides peltata )
10 hornwort ( ceratophyllum demersum )
2 yellow flag iris ( iris pseudacorus )
3 amphibious bistort ( persicaria amphibia )
10 Elodia ( elodia densa )
Each species has its own benefits in adding them to your pond.
All the snails eat algae, detritus, fish waste, dead plants and dead fish. Some, like the great pond snail, also eat hydra. Faucet snails, trapdoor snails, pea mussels and swan mussels filter organic particles from the water including algae and bactiria and can help control green or murky water. Water louse (Ascellus aquaticus) and gammarus are excellent detritus feeders, helping to break down waste and dead leaves at the bottom of the pond. They can also be kept in the sponges of the filter, eating sludge and keeping the sponges clean. They are a great natural food source for fish, newts and other aquatic insects.
Fringed water lily has smaller leaves than most water lilys therefore is more suitable for smaller ponds. Amphibious bistort can be planted fully submerged and will grow like a water lily with leaves and flowers on the surface but can also be planted as a marginal and will grow upright to a height of between 30 and 50 cm ,the flowers are highly attractive to pollinators. Hornwort is a rootless plant that floats near the surface but can also attach itself to the bottom. Like elodea, it is a great oxygenator and also releases a substance which inhibits the growth of cyano bactiria (blue algae). Yellow flag iris is a tall marginal growing to a height of between 40 and 60 cm it spreads from under ground rhyzomes and can grow fairly quickly.
For more info on each species see the individual listings for them.
Pond starter kit (large) - 14 different native species
This mix of snails is an excellent way to establish a breeding population in your ecosystem. All are easy to breed and don't need any special care to do so. Great pond snails, wandering snails and flat ramshorn are hermaphrodites and will readily breed and lay eggs in your pond creating a self sustaining population quite quickly. Others like the trapdoor snail give birth to live young and are slower breeders. The faucet snail is strange amoung trapdoor snails (snails with a operculum) in that it lays small clusters of eggs as opposed to live birth and is a moderate breeder and can set up a population fairly quickly ,pea mussels will also breed in your pond without any special care and unlike larger mussels they dont go a through a parasitic stage ( glochidia ) ,they give birth to live young which are exact miniatures of the adults ,water louse and gammarus are fast breeders and will quickly set a population up in your pond ,swan mussels occationally breed in garden ponds ,there larvae ( glochidia ) needs a host fish where it attaches itself to the fishes body ,they do little harm to the fish and drop of after a few weeks and sink to the bottom to become baby swan mussels ,for more info on each species see there individual product page.