The Tiger Tower Snail (Filopaludina sumatrensis polygramma) is a beautiful live-bearing freshwater snail from Thailand. Its shell is beige to light brown and has fine dark brown spiral stripes. This has earned it the name: Tiger Tower Snail. Their shell can reach a size of up to 4 cm. It is also known as tiger snail or thai pond snail.
The tiger snail is a livebearing snail and belongs to the Viviparidae family. The young are mainly born at night. The males can be recognized by their thickened right antennae. In females, both antennae are equally thin. This is a common characteristic observed also in other Viviparidae species like Piano snails (Taia naticoides).
As a filter feeding snail, the Tiger Tower Snail prefers powdered food (like Shrimps Forever BioPowder, Shrimps Forever Baby Feed or Shrimps Forever Speed Growth) but it also likes to graze on algae and biofilms in its environment. After some time in the aquarium, the snail will also accept special snail food sticks, as well as spirulina tablets and vegetables such as Hokkaido pumpkin . It is also good to provide leaves for the snail to graze on (for example: mulberry leaves, catappa leaves, guava leaves and black guava leaves).
The Tiger Tower Snail is not suitable for every community tank – it needs peaceful inhabitants. Other filter feeders like vampire shrimps and freshwater clams are ideal. However, neocaridina shrimps (like red cherry shrimps or blue dream shrimps) can also be great companions.
It is advisable to have leaf litter as this resembles more closely their natural habitat. It prefers water values in the soft to medium-hard range. An aquarium of 30L is sufficient for a small group of 5 snails. Keep a close eye on the water values and do not neglect water hygiene. This is important in all aquariums where powdered feed is added.
Shrimps Forever Delight Algae Paste may prove useful in the beginning until they start eating regularly . With this soft paste food, you can create a grazing food area for such snails and it has proven to be successful with other wild-caught snails like Red Racer Nerite snails that are stressed after transport and do not go to conventional food.
Available specimen range from 1.5 to 3cm from time to time.