Bumble Bee Snails are carnivorous in their feeding habits. They can help you in getting rid of meaty food residues and decomposing organisms. However, the main reason of the popularity of these snails comes from their ability to consume other snails (like Vermetid snail, which are harmful to corals).
Bumble Bee snails can eat Vermetid snails (aka pest snails).
|Name||Bumble Bee snail|
||Striped engina, Wasp snail|
|Scientific Name||Engina mendicaria|
|Tank size (minimal)||5 gallons (~20 liters)|
|Size||1.5 – 2.2 cm (~1/4 – 3/4 inches)|
|Optimal Temperature||22 – 25°C (~72°F – 78°F)|
|Water type||SG = 1.023 – 1.025|
|Optimal PH||8.1 – 8.4 (7.5 – 9)|
|Optimal KH||7 – 12|
|Nitrate||Less than 20 ppm|
|Diet||Omnivorous / Carnivorous|
|Temperament||Peaceful (with caution)|
|Life span||up to 2 years|
|Color Form||Yellow and black bands|