Black Japanese Trapdoor Pond Snails - Algae Eaters
Japanese Trapdoor Snails (Viviparis malleatus) are the preferred species of snail for recreational and professional pond and water gardeners worldwide. Algae Eating Japanese Trapdoor Snails are one of the few snail varieties that can over-winter well and survive in harsher northern climates.
Algae Eating Japanese Trapdoor Pond Snails are a great asset in helping keep algae under control in your pond and water garden as they groom your plants, planting pots, and water garden rocks and walls.
Algae Eating Japanese Trapdoor Snails will tend to the bottom of the pond, consuming any decaying matter such as leaves, excess fish food, and even fish waste. Trapdoor Snails are live-bearing; they only breed a couple of times a year and will not take over your pond like other nuisance egg-bearing snails.
In order for your Trapdoor Snails to have a positive effect on algae growth, a minimum of 10 snails per 50 sq. feet will be needed, and farm ponds will need to have at least 200 Algae Eating Snails per acre to have any effect. Baby Japanese Trapdoor Snails are great forage for many mollusk-eating pan-fish and catfish species.
- cannot be shipped to AK, CA, HI, PR, or Canada.
- Keeps Algae Under Control
- Non-Invasive Compared to Egg-Laying Snails
- Promotes a Balanced Ecosystem
Smith Creek Fish Farm is centrally located in Western New York about an hour's drive from Buffalo and Rochester. The hatchery and retail pond supply outlet have seasonal hours for fish pickup and walk-in customers.
Our expert fish packers will oxygen bag your Black Japanese Trapdoor Snails for easy, safe, and stress-free transport. We do suggest bringing coolers or totes to hold your bagged fish. Truck delivery of trout, game fish, and forage minnows is available in the WNY area when orders meet our delivery minimums.
We also safely ship, by UPS Next Day Air, many of our fish species including triploid grass carp and crayfish. Unfortunately, we ONLY ship fish to New York addresses. All of our fish are 2023 NY DEC-certified disease-free and have been for more than 13 years.
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