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Theodoxus fluviatilis

Erikas G

Seedling
Joined
8 Mar 2021
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1
Location
London
Hello guys
I am looking to buy some Theodoxus fluviatilis. It is a rare breed and I can't find them anywhere in mainstream stores.
Anyone still has them in their aquariums?
 

Zeus.

Fertz Calc Meister
Joined
1 Oct 2016
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4,214
Location
Yorkshire,UK
Hi M8,

As per pm's we have had, none here and @frothhelmet is your best bet IMO. Just thought I would post before others link me in as I did have some which didn't last 😢

Hope you do get some as would like to try them again as they are a lovely snail.

Zeus
 

ChrisST

Seedling
Joined
4 Jul 2021
Messages
1
Location
Chester/Cheshire/UK
Hi everyone,
Hope you don't mind if I tag along for updates?
I'm also trying to get these beuties for my tank for good over 6 months and only came across some old posts on international forums, so would be nice to source them UK home breed.
How's the colony growing @MirandaB ??
 

Vsevolod Stakhov

New Member
Joined
31 Aug 2020
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22
Location
Cambridge
I was wondering many times: aren't these snails native for the lakes and rivers in the UK? They live like in thousands in southern Russia where the climate is not significantly different (but apparently taking them from Russia to the UK is not a trivial thing for many reasons). Theoduxus snails, both 'wild' and aquarium bred, are also actively used by aquascapers and other hobbysts there.
 

dw1305

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UKAPS Team
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7 Apr 2008
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12,341
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nr Bath
Hi all,
They are native to the UK. If you search on the <"National Biodiversity Network (NBN)"> you'll find that they occur all over the UK, where ever you have clean, hard, flowing water. This is southern central England, and you can see the records follow the course of larger rivers.



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cheers Darrel
 
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zozo

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Joined
16 Apr 2015
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8,006
Location
Netherlands
Regarding some information, I could find about their habitat and ecology, that might come handy if you look for them in nature... As Darrel mentions, they are mainly to be found in strong flowing clean and oxygen-rich fresh but also brackish waters, also lakeshores where the water is moved by wave action. Living on hard substrates such as stones, old shells and occasionally on driftwood.

Considered in decline in Mainland Europe, but still very common in the Baltic Sea area in brackish waters.
 
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