The Black Panther snail (Sulcospira testudinaria) is an interesting snail from the Pachychilidae family. The natural home of the freshwater snail is the Southeast Asian region.
The Sulcospira testudinaria is particularly common in the oxygen-rich waters of Java. There the Black Panther tower snail prefers to be close to the ground and feeds on algae as much as possible. The snail species can grow to a size of approximately 4 cm and its shell is dark in color. Sulcospira testudinaria can be kept in nano aquariums.
Black Panther snails are relatively easy to keep and care for. Even beginners in the field of aquaristics do not face any significant challenges. The freshwater snails can grow to a final size of 4 cm in the aquarium and require little space. For this very reason, they can easily be accommodated in a nano aquarium with a capacity of at least 50L. In their natural habitat, Sulcospira testudinaria prefer to stay close to the ground. This will not change in the aquarium either. For this very reason, the said aquarium should be made of sand or gravel.
Black Panther snails have no problem with company. The coveted snails can easily and comfortably be kept individually or as a pair in a group in a beautiful species aquarium. Socialization with other freshwater inhabitants is also no problem for the peaceful animals. Sulcospira testudinaria do not have any special regulations on the prevailing water values in the pool. They prefer water temperatures between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5.
Black panther snails are algae eaters. Black Panther snails naturally feed on algae or dead organic material (detritus). In the aquarium, too, they will delight in the algae growth. As a keeper, please make sure that your snails always have sufficient algae growth in the aquarium. Alternatively, you can feed your pool dwellers with leaves or food tablets. Just make sure that your Sulcospira testudinaria has a species-appropriate and varied diet. Unfortunately, we currently have no information about the successful breeding of Black Panther tower snails (Sulcospira testudinaria) in an aquarium.