Spixi snails are similar to mystery snails in shape and size but have a decorative brown stripe running with the shell spiral. For this reason they are sometimes also called zebra apple snails. The under color is a dark sunflower yellow. They have a door on the bottom of their shell than can be opened and shut to shelter the snail inside. Their body has occasional dark spots on a lighter colored background.
The asolene spixi is a freshwater species suitable for community aquariums. The Spixi will not harm fish but does eat eggs if they come across them. Coming from South America they prefer a tropical temperature and will hibernate if the water becomes too cold.
When observing the spixi travelling up the wall of a fish tank you will notice they move differently from most aquatic snails. Like an inchworm they stretch their body forward which is quickly followed by the tail. They have a breathing tube which they will sometimes extend like a snorkel for breathing fresh air.
Why People Choose Spixi Snails
The spixi is very pleasing to the eye with their interesting stripes and spots. Besides being decorative they are also living cleaners that will seek out lost food amongst the aquarium gravel.
Live Spixi Snails For Sale
There are good buying opportunities for spixi snails on a regular basis from online sellers and fish clubs. Expect to pay around a dollar a snail in many cases.
Spixi snails for sale below are drawn from current eBay listings.