Hello, dear blog readers. Since you are still Andrei Selitsky and I have another interesting article for you.
I just want to apologize for having delayed a little with the post, there was a lot of work and I couldn’t get to write another blog post.
I’ll tell you a secret: I fused my wife to the clinic and ran to the laptop for writing the article)) You just don’t tell anyone. And now let’s go directly to the post itself.
And we will talk today about snails, or rather Ampularia, I think everyone heard about such invertebrates, isn’t it?
Let me tell you briefly where they came from in our market. Ampouleas appeared first in Europe in the last century and were delivered straight from South America. This species of snail is widespread in the tropical zone.
Mostly they live in reservoirs, where either there is no flow, or it is very insignificant. Ponds, swamps and small slow flowing rivers are ideal for the prosperity of these invertebrates.
Immediately, I note that these snails are not picky about water.
I think you yourself guessed it, because in the swamps they feel as beautiful as in the rivers. There are some types of ampoule, which grow to 10 centimeters – the so-called “giant ampoule”, but unfortunately I have not seen such in my city.
He kept ordinary yellow ampoules, but only in the last aquarium I had to get rid of them.
Ampulyaria in person
And I got rid of them because I began to notice that too many small leaves were floating on the surface of the water from Limnophila and Ambulia. At first, he did not pay attention, but then one day he saw that these yellow reptiles were stuck to the limnophilus and ambulia and the leaves were cracking hard. That’s when I understood why a lot of garbage on the surface and decided to give them away.
It seems that there was enough food for them, but I did not understand what the plants started to sharpen. Well, okay, that I was distracted. Let’s go further.
By the way, if you have not read my previous post Aquadizin – a creative approach to aquarism, I advise you to read. In it, I told the small subtleties of aqua-design and how best to design your aquarium.
So, back to the ampullaries.
Externally, ampouleries are very similar to our pond snails. In nature, they have a shell of a pale brown color, on which dark concentric bands are clearly visible. In general, their color can be either dark or light.
However, yellow ampoules are widely popular – albinos. If the snail notices the danger, then with the help of the horny cover the snail covers the shell and hides in it until the danger is over.
Immediately I want to upset those who have open aquariums. Get ready to catch snails around the house)) they crawl out of the aquariums at times.
Ampulyaria can even lay eggs not in the water, but on land, thus saving their future offspring from underwater predators.
The snail can breathe both on land and in water. To do this, it has a special feature of the structure, a special cavity that is divided by a partition: one part of the cavity with the gills breathes oxygen, which is dissolved in water, and the second part is similar to the lungs, allowing the snail to breathe air.
Immediately I say, you should have no problems with feeding. Ampulyarii burst everything you throw to the fish.
In nature, they feed mainly on food of plant origin, as well as aquarium fish. The snails are quite nimble, but they still cannot compete with aquarium fish and it is likely that they will constantly want to eat in your tank. In general, ampulyarias in an aquarium get on well with any peaceful fish.
If you have not read my post about the maintenance of aquarium fish, be sure to read.
I do not advise you to throw such snails into an aquarium in which there are many rare and not cheap plants. Otherwise, they will start sharpening your vegetation. (There will be a situation similar to mine). First, they will start to eat plants that have tender leaves.
And if the ampouleries are no longer small in size, while she climbs on such a plant, she can break several stalks. If there is not enough food for them, then it is possible that they can start digging in the ground, lifting any dregs from it and dig out small plants from there.
It would be best if in your tank there will be no small delicate plants. In this case, they will not be able to cause harm, as the vegetation will be too tough for them. In the general aquarium ampulyariya it is better to additionally feed with vegetation, which aquarium fish do not use.
It can be carrots, cabbage, lettuce leaves, or cucumber (just not pickled)). If the peel is too rough and the snails definitely do not chew on it, pour it with boiling water.
As I already told you, ampulyaria does not suffer from the capriciousness. They are, in principle, the composition of the water deep on the drum, the only thing is – the water should not be too soft.
In such water, the ampule capsule is gradually destroyed. On its surface may appear even small fossa, very similar to the sores.
The temperature range of water in which ampoule can be contained ranges from 15 to 33 degrees Celsius, but a temperature greater than 20 degrees Celsius is considered more optimal.
All ampouleries are different-sex, only they themselves can distinguish their gender. If you want to breed these snails, it is better to buy 3-4 pieces, so that is already certain. If you unwittingly witnessed a female ampoule laying eggs, remember it, or mark it in any way.
Just do not try to look under the snail “tail”, there you will not see anything interesting. In general, a female ampoule lays eggs on the surface, just above the water level.
It’s funny to look at a female when she is about to lay her calf. The female ampulyaria crawls out of the water and begins to scour the surrounding space. Thus, the snail selects a place for future laying.
It should be noted that the snail is quite strong because of its rather big size. If there is an ogre glass cover glass on your tank, then there is a chance that the snail will be able to lift it.
As a rule, females lay their eggs in the evening. Place under the clutch of future offspring is selected taking into account humidity and temperature.
It is better not to move the eggs without good reason. An exception can be considered if the caviar was put off near the lighting lamps at night. If you miss this moment, the eggs near the lamp will be fried.
In this case, while the roe is not hardened, it is better to remove it carefully and place on a floating object. As a “surfboard” can be foam, a small plate or a plastic lid from a glass jar.
Over time, the snail caviar begins to ripen and change its color to darker, and before the birth of small snails it becomes generally dark. Caviar usually ripens within 2-4 weeks.
Often, in the general aquarium the youth ampoule dies.
Well, that’s basically all. What I missed, please do not strictly judge and comment in the comments.
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