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Video: Freshwater Snails In The Aquarium
Snails are an interesting addition to your aquarium or pond. They are very peaceful animals, and therefore you should not plant them with those inhabitants that can harm them. Very unpretentious in content. Low light, temperature 20-30 ° C and pH level between 6.5 and 8.0, that's all they need.
Different snails have different water hardness. For example, snails of the Ampullariidae family need an indicator in the region of 12-18, while other species need 8-10.
Ampularia snail. © Photo by Ivanova Daria
Family of Ampullariidae. Representatives of this family are called "apple snails". These snails are inactive during the day and may even hide. At night they go out in search of food. These snails can leave the water in search of food.
Snails of this family have both gills and lungs. They use a siphon to breathe out of the body. There should be 3-6 cm of air space above the water in the aquarium.
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The family includes both males and females. In some cases, the sex of the snail can be determined by the shape of the shell. Although more often than not, there are no visible differences. A careful examination of the male's mantle reveals a penis hidden in front of the gills. The female does not have it.
Females of the pomacea species lay heaps of eggs above water (usually at night). One female is capable of laying 200-600 eggs. The eggs of the Marisa snail are laid in water, usually on vegetation. Depending on the temperature, the incubation period lasts 2-3 weeks. Young snails eat the same food as adults.
Pomacea ringed (Pomacea canaliculata)
Ampularia bridgesi (Pomacea bridgesi). The shells of these snails are of various colors: from gold and black to ivory. The size of this snail reaches 5 cm. It feeds preferably on algae.
Pomacea ringed (Pomacea canaliculata). These snails have deep seams between the curls of their shells. Their color ranges from brown to yellow and reaches 7.5 cm in size. It feeds on plants. It is not recommended to plant these snails in an aquarium with live plants. It may well eat frozen food, special foods or algae.
Giant spool (Marisa cornuarietis). The color of the shells of these snails is yellow, creamy or reddish. Omnivorous. There will be plants. Inhabits lakes and bogs, prefers shallow water with abundant vegetation. Can also live in brackish water. Very voracious, capable of eating rotting plants, dead fish, algae, fish food, etc.
Nerita versicolor (Nerita versicolor)
Live-bearer family (Viviparidae)
The minted live-bearer (Viviparus malleatus) can change color with age, but is usually closer to gray. Inhabits water bodies with a weak current, an abundance of vegetation and a muddy bottom. Produces offspring twice a year (only a couple of cubs). It feeds on algae, but plants are usually ignored. It is good to run in shallow ponds where they will help solve the algae problem.
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Family of Neritidae (Neritidae). The members of the family are better known as Nerites. Most of them live on the shores of water bodies, although some species are found in salt, brackish and fresh water. The shell is teardrop-shaped, which distinguishes them from other snails. Different sexes. Oviparous, they lay about 30 eggs each, enclosed in a kind of capsule. Compared to other snails, they grow slowly and reach only 2.5 cm in size. They feed on algae.
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