maintenance, care, compatibility
Snail lovers have always noted their omnivorous, therefore, to contain these mollusks is not a particular problem. In their natural environment, they eat mostly plant foods.
To create comfortable conditions for them, give them live food. From such a delicacy, not only snails, but also aquarium fish will delight.
Care for amplaria should be done very carefully, because the snail is not able to swim, you have to collect food from the bottom. If you put it in an aquarium with nimble gluttonous fish, the snail will experience a constant feeling of hunger.
In this case, contain snails with valuable species of plants is not worth it.
Snails are considered the main threat to plants, this happens for the following reasons:
- Plants are an ideal food for the mollusk, so young shoots are eaten almost instantly.
- Snails are too heavy and break plants with their own weight.
- Hungry ampouleries can dig up the soil, damaging the root system of plants.
The most successful variant to contain several representatives of this species in a hotel large aquarium with large-leaved plants. If you still want to create a reservoir, where they will have to coexist with fish, then arrange them to regularly feed vegetable food that is not eaten by neighboring fish. To do this, you can use:
- Salad and cabbage,
- A bit of white bread.
This will protect the plant from damage and leave all aquamir in its original form.
Snails breed without too much difficulty. The big problem is determining the sex of an ampoule. If you are planning to get offspring, the content of 5-6 individuals in one aquarium will be the only solution.
Such a number of snails will allow you to create 1-2 pairs and maintain cleanliness in aquariums.
Ampularia in the aquarium is not whimsical to the water. Care of them does not imply the determination of water hardness and its composition. However, in too soft water small grooves appear on the shell.
True, they do not affect the behavior or reproduction of the mollusk. The optimum temperature is around 20 degrees, but they can go down to 20 and rising to 33.
With proper care, the snail can live up to 2-3 years, depending on the water temperature. The higher the indicator of the thermometer, the faster the metabolic processes occur, and, therefore, reduced life expectancy.
In cold water, ampoules are much slower and do not multiply.
Neighborhood with fish does not give the mollusk any discomfort. They easily get along with any kinds of medium-sized fish.
The only inconvenience that a snail can experience is attacks on its whiskers. In this case, she adapts to keep them closer to the calf and anticipating the threat presses them to him.
It is better not to combine them with large fish. In this case, death is possible.
For breeding requires a separate aquarium, as the young is a delicacy for any fish.
There are aquarium snails – heterosexual individuals, and there are hermaphrodites that easily reproduce their own kind. Snails where the male and female breed
- Zebra, Tiger snail (Zebra Nerites);
- Ampulyaria (Pomacea bridgesii);
- Neritina freshwater (Theodoxus fluviatilis);
- Neritina red point (Neritina juttingae, Nerita diamant);
- Apple (Asolene spixi);
- Marisa (Marisa cornuarietis);
- Tylomelania (Tylomelania);
- Pagoda, Brotia Pagodula;
- Helena (Anentome Helena);
- Melanoides tubercula (Melanoides tuberculata);
- Tropical prudovik (Radix rubiginosa);
- Coil (Planorbarius corneus);
- Phyza (Physa).
Reproduction of asexual aquarium snails involves the settlement of the male and female within the same reservoir. They are ready to multiply with increasing water temperature if more feed is added to the diet.
Snails are generally voracious creatures, so they will quickly eat food.
Common and homosexual snails can lay eggs both above the water and in the water. Those who lay eggs over water (of the genus Pomacea and Pila) need to make room above the surface of the water.
Before breeding, some types of ampoule are hibernating. Female snails can keep spermatozoa for months.
If you have acquired a young individual, then it can suddenly produce offspring. Females are ampulyary and without males lay eggs, but they are empty.
Watch an interesting video about breeding ampoules.
Not all snails lay above water. There are species that produce offspring otherwise:
- Nritin, Coil lay eggs on plants or soil;
- Snail apple lays eggs under water;
- Melania, Tilomelania and Helena are viviparous species that produce “ready” babies. An important rule is if you want to breed snails, then let the eggs remain in the environment where they were laid.
When snails are properly contained in aquarium conditions, they multiply very quickly, postponing new eggs every 3-5 days. The female will gain strength for a while and will continue her work.
Fecundity determines feeding, water temperature.
This yellow snail ampoule is well known to any aquarist. Perhaps, only a beginner lover of the aquarium world, entering the pet shop wonders about this yellow, creeping inhabitant of the aquarium.
This article will help expand information about this yellow snail – “aquarium nurse”. In it you will find answers to many of your questions.
Briefly about the most interesting about ampoules:
– The concept of ampulyaria – includes a whole family of freshwater snails, dividing into clan and living all over the world.
– Ampularia sizes from 5 to 15 cm.
– Yellow snails live 1-4 years (depending on water temperature and other conditions).
– Comfortable water temperature for ampoules 22-24C and above. By the way, this temperature of aquarium water is comfort and for many aquarium fish, so there are simply no difficulties in their joint maintenance.
On the contrary, from such a symbiosis there are only pluses.
– Snails breathe atmospheric air through a siphon tube, but they also have gills.
– Snails ampullaria different-sex.
– The snail has a cover of the mouth of the shell, which is necessary to protect against aggressors and to wait out adverse conditions.
– If there is little calcium in the aquarium water, the yellow shell of the ampoule will collapse.
– When buying snails, it is better to take small ampoules. First of all, the bigger the snail is, the older it is, which means you will have less life, and secondly, small snails are much quicker than adults.
Description of the yellow snail – Ampularia:
Ampulyary to keep in a normal aquarium with fish. The snail is compatible with many species of fish, but it should be borne in mind that some fish strive to pinch their mustache, some fish eat molluscs. In view of what, I recommend keeping ampulyarii with peaceful and non-aggressive fish, and if in doubt, consult the sellers of the pet shop.
Personal experience suggests that ampulyaria does not live for a long time with gouras and some cichlids (as the latter simply do not give the snails food to go). Sometimes, Yellow snails bite even seemingly innocuous Goldfish. What to do with it?
You have two choices: either ampulyarii can be planted, or you can leave them to feed the fish. If you notice that snails are being harassed by ampulyaries and don’t do anything – you know, there are only 1 week left for live yellow clams.
The aquarium can be the minimum size, as long as it is with a lid. Otherwise, one night while walking into the kitchen, you can hear the characteristic crunch under your feet.
You should also take care of the airspace under the hood. First, snails breathe atmospheric air. And secondly, ampulyarias usually lay eggs in the airspace (for this, the distance between the lid and the water should be min.
Unlike many fish, ampullar is not whimsical in content. And the water parameters do not matter.
Containing the fish, you install them, in any case, the filter and, as a rule, if you are not lazy, regularly replace some of the water with fresh water – this is ample enough for an ampoule. What should be paid attention to is the calcium content in the aquarium water; if it is low, then the ampulian sink will collapse. In my aquarium, I scattered small seashells, which contributes to the saturation of water with calcium and increases its rigidity.
It is also recommended to add marble chips, limestone chips, in addition to pet stores there are special preparations for increasing the hardness of the water.
Concerning nutrition, I personally don’t feed my ampullaries, since they are in fact omnivorous and are content with the remains of fish feed, plants, etc. By the way, ampulyarias are excellent orderlies of an aquarium, they do not disdain to “stick” to dead fish and other dead organics.
They like rotten banana peel.
Regarding breeding. The stimulus for mating is an increase in temperature in the aquarium and good nutrition.
As a rule, for this they start a “flock” of yellow snails, since it is virtually impossible to distinguish between the sex of a snail.
Well, then. One fine morning on the wall of the aquarium or the lid you will find a laying of caviar, which the female postponed at night.
About three weeks later, the first baby snails appear from the roe, which, by eating the clutch, provide their way into the wild.
It is desirable to set off babies from the general aquarium, as some fish are not averse to try them for dinner. In order not to catch the newly emerged, some aquarists transfer the masonry to a separate aquarium in advance (moisten the masonry, gently shift and transfer).
Well, after that, small ampouleries are completely independent. Particularly caring owners first feed them with pounded fish food.
Photo-review of beautiful photos with yellow snail ampoule
SNAILS-CONTENT FEEDING DESCRIPTION BREEDING COMPATIBILITY
Snail-content feeding description breeding compatibility
For keeping snails at home use a terrarium, but also any container made of non-toxic material, closable lid with vents. In addition to the terrarium, you will also need:
- The soil, in which can play the coconut substrate, earth, moss or sphagnum.
- Several bowls for food, cereal mixtures and calcium.
- Swimsuit from non-solid materials, so as not to harm the snail shell with a possible fall.
- Thermometer and hydrometer to monitor the temperature and humidity in the terrarium. SNAIL
- Personal sponge for washing the terrarium and the shells of the snails themselves, never in contact with detergents.
- Spray bottle with clean, settled or filtered water.
In nature, snails are subtropical inhabitants, which means that the terrarium should also maintain a humid and warm microclimate throughout the year. For most species of snails, a room temperature of 23–25 degrees is acceptable, however, for particularly thermophilic species, additional heating of the dwelling is necessary.
Humidity is one of the most important factors in the snail’s comfortable life. In the terrarium, it is created by daily spraying with filtered water from a spray bottle and supported by the presence of soil and a pool.
With insufficient moisture, the snail becomes less active, loses its appetite and buries deep in the ground.
Snails breeding in an aquarium When and how aquarium snails breed? Once these animals reach maturity, they begin to multiply. And for this it is not necessary to start a few individuals.
Gay snails. Therefore, it is enough to run into the aquarium one, as after a while you will see her kids.
Snails lay eggs on plants, pebbles, all sorts of objects and walls of the aquarium. Very often, buying a new plant in the aquarium, you can replenish it with new inhabitants.
Along with the algae, the eggs get into your water corner, from which small snails hatch over time. Surely one of you already knows how snails ampouleria breed. And they do it a little differently.
Ampulyaria lay their eggs slightly above the water level. At first it looks like small jelly-like pieces attached to the wall, with time they turn brown, and as a result small snails hatch from these eggs.
Compatibility: Ampularia may live in the general aquarium, but the presence of some fish is unsafe for them. So, often they become victims of large cichlids. Some fish (sword-bearers, barbs, labyrinths) pluck their delicate parts of the body, causing anxiety and making it difficult to freely rise to the surface for oxygen.
It is best to keep Ampouleries in aquariums, along with small viviparous fishes, catfish corridors, and small haracin.
Snail – pet
Many of you have probably come across a situation where you want or need to have a pet. But at the same time there are many problems that you get in the appendage to the pet. It may be necessary to regularly walk it, are allergic to wool, etc.
In this case, molluskariy – the aquarium in which the snail lives – the best option for you.
Why is a snail better than other pets? Does not require daily walks, does not make noise, does not smell, does not stain furniture and clothes with wool, eats almost everything, does not require frequent, complicated or expensive care, does not take up much space, does not bite or scratch, you can take a snail with you on vacation or leave one for a long time, does not cause allergies, lives for a long time and practically does not get sick.
Where grape snails live in Nature The structure of the body of a snail If you want to create comfortable conditions for your unusual pet in your home, it will not hurt you to know where the grape snails live in Nature.
So, their habitats are valleys and mountains, the edges of deciduous forests, parks, meadows, ravines, which are overgrown with shrubs, vineyards, soils that have an alkaline reaction. In dry weather, these moisture-loving creatures hide under stones, in the shade of plants, or burrow into the moss.
If abnormally high temperatures are outside, they become lethargic and may even fall into a state of stupor – something akin to hibernation, but as soon as the rains begin, the snail gets out of the shell and becomes active again. So, you will have to try to create such comfortable conditions for her at home.
It is not only heat that can plunge a snail into a state of stupor, but also its decline.
So, at a temperature of 9-12 degrees above zero Celsius, it can already hibernate, and, in hibernation, snails can fall both individually and in whole snail colonies, buried in the soil to a depth of 5-10 centimeters. During hibernation, the snail loses up to about 10% of its weight, however, it quickly recovers lost grams a few weeks after its awakening.
In the spring, as soon as it gets a little warmer outside, the snails wake up.
By the way, according to experts, snails can tolerate lower temperatures – they can live for several hours and at a temperature of -7 degrees below zero. Given the characteristics of a comfortable temperature regime for these mollusks, it is not surprising that snails spend most of their lives in a state of hibernation and torpor, and are only awake 4-5 months a year.
The enemies of these mollusks in Nature are mice, hedgehogs, predatory insects, toads and frogs, weasels, skunks, birds, lizards and other types of snails – so if someone from your potential pet enemies listed above lives in your house – think about it , and is it worth it to start, will you be able to ensure his safety, or will he become someone’s lunch or dinner …