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    Default Spanish species of Melanopsis sp.

    Sometimes we all think about the pretty snail species in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Brasil, etc. But the fact is that biodiversity has generated a large range of snails species all over the world and some of them are simply awesome. For example, here in Spain (and in many countries of the Mediterranean coast of Europe and North Africa) we can find some interesting and beautiful snails, for the moment not very well known in aquarism. Here you go some pictures of the genus Melanopsis sp. wich is present in the Iberic Peninsule with at least 6 species.

    Melanopsis lorcana:


    Melanopsis penchinati:


    Melanopsis tricarinata:


    Melanopsis praemorsa:

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    Hello,

    I never found these in North of Portugal. I would love to add some to my colection. Can you please tell me where can i find these?

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    Hi Varez:
    I think you can find these species only in the mediterranean arch, so it's possible they don't appear in Atlantic coast. I breed M. tricarinata in my tanks, if you are interested maybe I could send to yo some ones when temperatures come down, maybe in september-october. But think about they (all) eat plants, so you should keep them in a tank with, sand, stones and wood... or let them to eat all your plants ^^

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    Hello,

    I will try to find it near the mediterranean. Thanks for the offer. I know they eat plants, i have tylomelanias and i dont care because they are very nice snails and the fact they live so near make me want to have them. Keep posting fotos of this nice snails because i like it

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    hi isaac garcia very cool snail you got there,whatkind of water-values does the snail need.

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    Hi guys ^^

    monjak, I have never measured water parameters at their habitat directly, but I can tell you they live in completely freshwaters, with a high hardness and carbonate levels, high levels of oxigen and neutral pH. Water is normally cold (under 25ºC) and green algae are abundant. I'm going to put some pictures of their ecosystem (for several species) so you can see it by yourself.

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    These are pics of Vinalopó River (Alicante) and the system of small canals and irrigation ditches where they live. Unfortunately, the river itself is so polluted that they cannot live yet in the riverbed. Here you can find M. lorcana, that is the only endangered species of the genus Melanopsis sp. in Spain.

    The river:


    Riverbed:


    Small ditch:


    M. lorcana in a tank (only for taking the pics, because they are under protection):
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    M. tricarinata is found in north-east. This pics are from a locality in Castellón called Benicàssim, where there is a huge system of ditches and canals wich are provided of water from the River Mijares. Here you can find too Melanoides tuberculata and Theodoxus fluviatilis, Lymnaea sp. and a lot of snail and freswater invertebrate species.














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    very cool pictures an some nice habitats for the snail.
    they seem to better to keep these snails whit shrimps than tylo that need that high temperature.
    keep them picture flowin

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