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Spiny Marsh Snail

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Spiny Marsh Snail (Thiara Amarula) is a freshwater species belonging to Thiaridae family. They are hardy and have beautiful shell-shape. They are native to Australia, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mauritius and Papua New Guinea. They grow approximately up to 5-6 cm and have a relatively long life. Colours of this snail are usually in shades of brown but blue and black colours are also common. It can be rarely found in trade. Thiara Amarula is an efficient algae eater and an excellent candidate for aquariums.

The Spiny Marsh Snails burrows into sediment and gravel in cold freshwater streams just above the tidal influence. A hobbyist can find them amongst rocks and pebbles in their natural habitats. They eat detritus, excess algae and aerate aquarium substrate by scratching the gravel. Unlike other pest snails, it is easy to control its population in aquariums. Spiny Marsh Snail can be a perfect tank mate for non-aggressive fish, Neocaridina shrimp (cherries), Australian shrimp, Red Nose Shrimp and such species. They are less compatible with other Caridina genus shrimps like Red Crystal Shrimp, Bee Shrimp which prefers more acidic waters.

Since burrow regularly and turn the aquarium substrate they may be unsuitable for a heavily planted aquarium as they may cause some plants to unattached from the substrate. They are sensitive to bright light and burrow themselves into the substrate during the day time. Under lower to moderate lighting conditions, especially at night, they are active on the substrate and even climb the glass walls. They are suitable for brackish water aquariums with a low salt concentration.

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 16-25°C
  • pH: 6,0 – 8,0
  • Hardness: 5-13 dGH

The temperature of the water must be between 16° to 25° Celsius. Spiny Marsh Snails prefer alkaline water with low to medium hardness and don’t need a lot of dissolved minerals like Calcium Carbonate. The shell dissolves in acidic conditions (pH < 6.0) and the snails do not come out.


Spiny Marsh Snail consumes excessive algae and detritus which makes them useful in removing dead spots in the aquarium substrate by eating unwanted waste materials. They don’t eat aquarium plants. In the absence of algae source, they can be fed on fish food, shrimp food, spinach leaves, mulberry leaves, etc. They also eat boiled vegetables like cucumber and zucchini. They accept all forms of food (commercial pellets, flakes, etc.).


Due to the biology of Spiny, Marsh Snails has not been studied thoroughly their breeding behaviours are not well known. As far as is known, they release free-swimming veliger larvae from the cephalic pouch and the larvae move into brackish water areas of the rivers before migrating back upper parts to settle. This requirement makes breeding in aquarium unlikely. Hence, their numbers will not bloom in freshwater aquariums.


We can’t ship Livestock and Live Plants to WA and TAS due to State Restrictions. Kindly check out our DOA and other policies before purchase!!

Other things to consider before placing an order:

* Check to see if your tank has enough space.
* Ensure your tank is fully cycled.
* Ensure your new livestock is compatible tank mates for any other fish you currently have (in terms of habitat, species, requirements, temperament, and size)
* Ensure that your water parameters, habitat and temperature are suitable for the species you want to introduce.
* Do not stock your tank too quickly, or suddenly a large influx of fish can unbalance your water parameters that will affect the water quality.
* Do not feed your new fish for 24hrs. They need time to settle in and feel at home. Feeding them too quickly puts their health at risk, and it can even affect your water quality. If you have existing fish in your aquarium, feeding them before releasing the new fish is a good idea.
* Don’t be alarmed if, upon arrival, your fish, shrimp or snail look pale or lethargic. This is normal behaviour while in transit, and they should return to full colour and vibrancy after settling into their new home for a few days.

Also, be aware that livestock often gets stress and lose their colours after the long travel to you, this often happened to most livestock ( shrimps, guppies, plecos, and so on, kindly make sure you have the right set up, the aquarium must be fully cycled with the ideal parameters. Fishes and shrimps will often take from 3-7 days to fully adapt to the new home. If you have any concerns with your set up kindly talk to us or check out some online tutorials before purchase.

At Micro Aquatic shop, we strive to provide excellent service and high-quality products, any concerns kindly contact us asap and often we will get back to you in a few hours during working hours. We do not accept claims when the livestock entered your aquarium as there might be so many factors that can affect the wellbeing of the livestock, on our part we can guarantee that we are always sending out healthy and quality fishes and shrimps to you.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Service with a snail :)

From ordering to delivery, my little critter arrived promptly and in good health. Maybe a little writing on the box saying live inside would complete the service as the courier delivering was a little heavy handed.

Such a cool looking snail

Such a cool looking snail pitty they hang out in the substrate during the day would love to see it more..does it’s job well tho turning over the substrate love waking up and finding were it has moved to during the night the tell tale bump in the gravel let’s me know. Added 5 aus Ammano shrimp at the same time so not sure who is cleaning the most but all the algae and detritus is disappearing now :grinning:.

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