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.
Ampulyaria are heterosexual snails, but it is not possible for humans to distinguish between males and females for humans. For confidence, get at least 4 pieces in one aquarium.
In that case, if you notice who exactly lays caviar – mark it or remember, so that next time you probably know the female. Some snail lovers are able to distinguish between sex, looking under the lid, but this method is not rarely fails and is not one hundred percent.
Surprisingly, the female lays eggs on the surface of the water. The finished female crawls to the surface and examines possible egg-laying sites. At such moments, you need to cover the aquarium glass, to eliminate the possibility of escape.
Take into account that even the smallest ampouleries can lift light glasses, so put a load. Usually the snail tries to put off caviar only in the evening, so pay attention to the aquarium in the late hours in order not to lose the snail. The female chooses the perfect place by herself.
Touch the spawn is not worth it. The only case if it is in close proximity to the lighting device and can die from high temperature.
Gently pick it up and put it on a piece of foam or a chip on the surface of the water.
The female lays large eggs, the diameter of each of them reaches 2 mm. After the caviar passes through the genital crease of the leg, it begins to harden.
This process takes about a day. Now, deferred caviar looks like a pink bunch of grapes. After this laying begins to change color.
Track metamorphosis can be on the photo. The darker the clutch, the closer the appearance of the young.
On ripening takes about 3 weeks. If the clutch is in the general aquarium, then only a few mollusks have a chance to survive.
A snail of 40 liters in volume is enough for the maintenance of the snail ampoule, but for several snails a large nursery is needed; for each individual, 10 liters should be allocated for each individual. Rapidly multiply – you will be very surprised when you notice a huge amount of caviar.
Before breeding ampoule, think about how caviar will settle down, and how many fry it will turn out.
Many aquarists buy a pair of snails so that they do not get bored. You have to get a large aquarium so that each ampulyary feels comfortable.
If both fish and snails live in a water container, then count on a volume of at least 100 liters. Let better a lot of space than closely.
A yellow snail ampulyary is a peaceful creature that does not disturb other inhabitants of the reservoir. Someone spread rumors that they eat fish, but this is not true. Like most snails, ampouleries are scavengers, eating only dead fish while cleansing the water.
Of course, the slow clam is hardly able to catch up with the fish, and grab it, which would be noticeable.
Another thing is when the fish can disturb the ampoule, cutting off their antennae, piercing the shell. If someone has torn off a part of the body, then it will quickly recover.
The ability to regenerate – the best than awarded their nature. Ampularia restores all parts of the body, even the eyes.
Incompatible with Sumatran barbs, green tetradon, fighting clown, fakaka, large tsikhlovymi. Shrimps and crayfish also bring trouble to snails – they are able to pick out the snail’s body from the shell and eat it.
See how catfish antsitrus is fighting with ampulyaria.
Mollusks tolerate parasites, however, compared with other snails, much more enduring. They transfer nematodes, and if a person eats a raw snail, it can become infected.
Sources of infection are rodents (rats) from polluted rivers. In the home, this is rare, because at home the snail lives clean.
Moreover, they do not come into contact with rodents in an aquarium.
When infecting fish with parasites, you need to be careful with the use of drugs – which is useful for fish, it is deadly for the mollusk, since aquarium species are biologically closer to parasites than to fish. When treating fish, temporarily remove the snails from the aquarium.
Settle them in a glass jar of 5 liters or more, covering it with glass. Between the glass and the jar should be a hole for air access.