Japanese Trapdoor Snail (Pond)

Japanese Trapdoor Snail (Pond)
Latin name:
(Viviparus malleattus)

Care Level





Black, Tan



Preferred Conditions

68-85° F, KH 5-12, pH 6.5-8.0

Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

10 gallons


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The Japanese Trapdoor Snail is an important addition to aquariums, ponds, and gardens. It is native to ponds and slow-moving streams with some vegetation and a muddy substrate. This species, also known as the Chinese Mystery Snail, is notable for its live bearing reproduction and shells that can vary significantly in color and pattern, usually appearing to be brown/gray in coloration. Additionally, it is a great algae-eater and can help to keep your tank or pond clean. Furthermore, they are an interesting species to observe and can be a great addition to any aquatic environment.

Viviparus malleatus is a highly beneficial creature to own in an aquarium. Not only are they an aesthetically pleasing addition to any tank, but they are also beneficial in terms of tank maintenance. They will actively consume algae, helping to make the water crystal clear and keeping the aquarium environment healthy for other fish. Viviparus malleatus are also omnivores and will happily feed on a variety of foods, including plant matter, fish food, frozen foods, and live foods. Furthermore, they are a very peaceful species and should not be housed with any animals that may predate on them.

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