A tiny Snail

Avalus has a new project on the go and he’s sharing with us.

I am putting together a new aquarium (I love caring for/looking at fish*) and while it develops, it is habitat to a whole load of daphnia and a few small ramshorn snails (German: Posthornschnecke, lit. postal horn snail with ‘horn’ as in fanfare, the musical instrument) to monitor water conditions.

I used this to experiment with photographing small things with my phone via a cheap plastic jewelers magnifying glass. Opportunity arose, when this small snail went by the front pane.

(*and plants and snails and shrimps and algae** …)

(** This year I’ll find you, Volvox!)

The unsuspecting snail in question, minding/eating bacterial mats. The snails shell is about 8 mm in diameter. ©Avalus, all rights reserved

Install the Magnificator, my henchhand! ©Avalus, all rights reserved

It worked! ©Avalus, all rights reserved

The camera really struggled auto-focusing, but I like the silly round-cutout effect. ©Avalus, all rights reserved

Thanks, Avalus. I think fish tanks are fascinating and I would very much like to see more of the process of creating a new aquarium. If any of you are also interested please leave a message for Avalus. Perhaps we can encourage him to share the ongoing project and maybe even some already established tanks.


  1. rq says

    I have to say, I enjoy hearing about everyone’s hobbies -- Charly’s bonsai and knives, Giliell’s cooking and jewellery, and I would love to hear/see the development of a proper fishtank!
    In the meantime, the snail is absolutely adorable.

  2. fusilier says

    What Anne, Cranky Cat Lady, Said.

    We haven’t had an aquarium in forever, at home. When My Beloved And Darling Wife went to part time teaching, maybe 5 years ago, she brought the only surviving classroom goldfish with her.

    It’s now about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) long and ruling a 100-gallon (375 liter) stock tank in the back yard.


    James 2:24

  3. Jazzlet says

    Ooooh yes please Avalus, I like aquariums, well strictly I like looking at other peoples aquariums.

  4. avalus says

    Thank you all :)
    I had some reluctance, which is why I asked voyager to ask you. But I will keep you updated, I guess once per week or so.

    @Fusilier: The classroom/biology aquarium was always my pet project during summer vacations.

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