Snail is one of the exotic types of pets. They are launched not only in reservoirs with other fish and algae, but also in reservoirs of suburban areas.
A mollusk can be introduced both by a professional who studies them and by an amateur. When buying an individual in a pet store, the seller is unlikely to tell in detail how to feed the snails.
Information about their diet and content should be studied independently.
Snails are representatives of the type of mollusks. They are considered herbivores.
The exceptions are some species that feed on small insects or their dead remains.
The main food for shellfish is grass, leaves, fruits and vegetables, and tree bark. Young snails eat fresh food, and matured individuals feed on poultry.
A special place in their diet is rotted wood, as it is a kind of delicacy.
Virtually any kind of plant is a food for mollusks, therefore, you can feed aquarium snails with algae in the tank, dandelion leaves, apple slices.
By their nature, snails pose no danger to humans. With an increase in their numbers, they can quickly destroy plants and some fruits.
This is due to the fact that mollusks have a large number of teeth. In some individuals, their number reaches 8-10 thousand. They are located in the language of the snail.
Young individuals have sharper teeth.
To maintain healthy teeth, clams need calcium. In case of its shortage, she grinds off her shell and subsequently dies, as the body remains unprotected.
Human snails do not bite.
In order for the life of the mollusk in the aquarium to be comfortable it is necessary to adhere to certain rules. One of the important aspects is the volume of the reservoir in which they live.
To increase the likelihood of growing a large snail, it takes about 12-15 liters per individual.
Achatina eat lettuce
Another important rule is nutrition. It’s about how to feed the snails at home.
Food should be given in the evening, as domestic snails are nocturnal animals. It is recommended to feed mollusks once a day. The amount of food depends on the number of individuals.
Do not worry about overeating snails, as they always know their measure. Tastes of each individual are different. You can see this by watching the process of the meal.
Virtually every snail eats one kind of food.
The main diet is vegetable food, as well as some types of fruits and vegetables. To maintain vitamin balance, it is recommended to add an additional feed with the presence of calcium.
You must be careful when feeding your baby snails. Their diet is markedly different from the diet of adult mollusks.
Kids eat mostly greens, and shabby carrots. Over time, you can go to apple slices.
When breeding snails, the main factor for the duration of their life is the condition of their keeping and how you can feed the snails.
While in an aquarium, the mollusk feeds mainly on organic matter that forms on its walls. Individuals in the tanks, especially feed is not required, since they eat all the plants and algae that are there.
It is worth being careful, as a large population can in a short time destroy all representatives of the underwater flora. On this basis, a large number of mollusks should not be settled in the tank.
In the diet they are picky, so in their diet includes plants and fruits. It is useful to feed the snail at home with vegetables and herbs. The list of products edible is quite wide:
Cabbage leaves can be given as food for adults. Cucumber slices are also an excellent option.
One of the most favorite dishes of snails can be considered rotten greens. They have no particular food preferences, so even lettuce leaves stale in the fridge will be suitable as feed for mollusks.
Another source of food is gammarus feed – fish feed.
Do not forget about the winter periods in which fruits are grown in greenhouses. In such cases, it is not recommended to risk, and to eat the fruits of unknown origin.
In addition to vegetables, fruits are used as shellfish for mollusks. You can give almost any kind of fruit and berries.
It is not recommended to feed snails in too large portions, as the cut pieces settle in the ground, rot, and subsequently pollute the water. For food, a list of the following fruits will suit:
Calcium is necessary for the normal functioning of the body of mollusks. It can be added to individuals in vegetables, fruits and greens. With a lack of calcium, the clam shell may begin to exfoliate or crack.
It will start to hurt and growth in size will decrease significantly. Calcium is especially necessary for individuals under the age of one year.
Later, this need is slightly reduced.
Snail eating strawberries
When feeding, it is recommended to use serpia – a mineral stone saturated with vitamins. Calcium gluconate can be given as an additive.
The budget option is eggshell ground into a powder.
This species is the most common among the mollusks. In nature, live in groups of several individuals. Lead nocturnal.
Food is mined to the touch, as they have weak eyesight.
When maintaining the house it is necessary to create individuals comfortable conditions. Plastic containers with a volume of 10–15 liters are used as a house. For soil suitable ordinary land, sawdust, peat.
It should be soft and loose. It is necessary for the individual to be able to dig into it without difficulty.
As a decor, it is not advisable to install stones or other hard objects, since the mollusk can damage its shell when it falls.
It is required to maintain a certain level of humidity in the tank. It is 70–90 percent.
To do this, it is enough to spray the container several times a day with boiled water using a spray bottle. Adults need to install a small pool where mollusks like to swim.
With a low level of humidity an individual may hibernate, from which it can be difficult to withdraw.
Aquarium snails eat vegetation, fruits and vegetables. Food should be given in a special container with low sides.
It is better not to put food on the ground, as it quickly deteriorates. In the diet may be fish food or dry flakes of Hercules.
The common snail likes to eat banana and apples. They can be added to the diet more.
It is worth being careful, as excessive feeding with these products can provoke the whims of individuals, and they will refuse other foods.
Achatina is the largest gastropods representative. Unlike its relatives, it possesses intelligence and intelligence. They can distinguish their owner from other people.
It has conditioned reflexes.
Feed the snails in the aquarium can be cabbage, potatoes, fresh lettuce. It is recommended to experiment with food, since some individuals have different preferences for it.
It is also necessary for a quick transition to another feed that is available. Large individuals should not be overfeed with a favorite delicacy, because after a while they may refuse other types of food.
Gently treat fruits with a soft texture, as they can lead to the death of shellfish. There were cases when an individual completely burrowed into a piece of banana, cutting off access of oxygen to itself.
Soft products are recommended to be given in a separate container, as they spread over the ground, which leads to its pollution.
Achatina eats a cucumber
Small Achatina is better to give chopped greens. The base of the food supply in the early period of life is greenery, a worn carrot.
In the wild, this species of mollusks settles in meadows or in gardens with limestone soil. For a life choose places with high vegetation, in which they take shelter in the period of drought.
The whole body of the mollusk is covered with a special layer that helps it retain moisture.
This species is herbivorous. A large number of teeth allows individuals to easily cope with the leaves of plants and their stems. Often eat fresh fruit and greens.
Unlike other species, rotten food is rarely eaten.
At home, individuals can be given vegetables, fruits, some kinds of cereals. Their digestive tract is long, because of this, mollusks often eat. It is not recommended to give large portions at a time and try to quickly feed the snail.
It is necessary to chop the greens or fruits and put them in a separate container. It is better to remove the rotted residues immediately, since they are not consumed in food and quickly pollute the soil.
Apples, dandelion leaves, horseradish, cabbage, radish are suitable for food. As a top dressing use soaked bread in small quantities.
In the diet of these species are dominated by plants. Eat only fresh food.
Love fruits and vegetables.