Max Size: 5cm

White Wizard Snail (Filopaludina martensi)

The White Wizard Snail is an attractive, relatively new and a scarce species in the aquarium hobby. It is also one of the larger freshwater snails in the aquarium trade. These snails are entirely peaceful and do not eat aquarium plants. The White Wizard snail is relatively long-lived, and they will not overpopulate your aquarium.

White Wizard snails are solitary, non-aggressive and shy by nature. They prefer peaceful tank mates and a calm aquatic environment. These snails are extra active at night and usually rest during the day time. When they have settled into the tank, they will come out more during the day and forage for food.

White Wizard snails are quiet and get scared quickly, this can affect their behaviour meaning that they may be active for some time but if they suddenly get spooked they can suddenly slow down and barely move for days.

White Wizard Snails grow reasonably large; they can also use their gills to filter feed and prefer warmer water. This makes them a unique species.

White Wizard Snails have an off-white, creamy colour and a smooth texture. It is often a little bit darker to the end of the spike and has fine lines on the shell. They have a dense and broadly conical shell including 6 or 7 whorls. The last whorl is expanded. White Wizard snails also have an operculum that they use to close their shell when they feel threatened completely or disturbed. Another unique feature of these snails is their long tentacles.

White Wizard Snail (Filopaludina martensi) Video

White Wizard Snails


White Wizard Snail
White Wizard Snails
White Wizard Snail
White Wizard Snail
Quick Facts
Scientific NameFilopaludina martensi
Other NamesGhost Wizard Snail, White Ghost Wizard Snail, Ghost Piano River Snail, White Mage Snail, White Trapdoor Snail
Classification Gastropoda
OriginsCambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
Aquarium LevelAll Levels
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Lifespanup to 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH7.0 - 8.5
GH5 - 20
KH4 - 12
73 - 79℉
22.8 - 26.1℃


White Wizard Snails are omnivorous and are excellent scavengers. They will consume algae but are not the best at it. This snail uses its gills to filter feed. They trap microorganisms in the water column that makes your tank cleaner.

These snails are not fussy and will eat pretty much anything you put in the aquarium from fish flakes and granules to shrimp pellets and algae wafers which are good options for these snails as they sink to the bottom of the tank and remain there until the snails come across them.

It is also advisable to occasionally add blanched vegetables like spinach, zucchini, cucumber, carrots and sprouts these snails will appreciate that.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively straightforward to differentiate the male from female White Wizard Snails. Unlike other snail species, males and females can be distinguished by their external features. Their antennas can identify the males as they are modified in shape. One antenna is thicker than the other, whereas the female's antennas are the same length and size.

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Date Added: 08/01/2021 - Updated: 08/02/2022 14:13:15