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.
Snails in an aquarium are not just pretty decorations, but often also very useful sweepers to help get rid of the remnants of food and sludge. One of the most favorite aquarists is the aquarium snail ampulyaria. She comes from South America.
Snails live in calm and warm by the sun warm reservoirs – rivers, ponds and bolts. Its other name is an apple snail.
Its habitat has adapted the snail to poor water quality, so it is completely unpretentious and its maintenance in aquarium conditions does not cause trouble: they are easy to feed, care for them and breed. However, before you start an ampoule, you should familiarize yourself with their features.
Aquarium ampoule looks very attractive, perhaps that’s why it has become very popular. When buying tiny two-centimeter ampoules, keep in mind that they are impressive in size, from 5 to 15 centimeters. Life expectancy depends on the conditions in which it lives.
The figure can vary from year to four years.
Externally, aquarium ampulyaria is somewhat similar to a pond snail. In nature, their shell is painted in light brown colors. In the aquarium world, snails with yellow color are most often observed.
In addition to these colors, there are also white, brown, almost black and even blue ampouleries.
The coloring of the snails does not affect the characteristics of their content and feeding. Moreover, the content of several ampoules of different colors in one aquarium looks very advantageous from a decorative point of view.
Interesting respiratory system ampulyary. The mollusk spends most of its life under water, like a fish – aquarium water gives it the necessary oxygen. But sometimes you can see how ampulyaria, rising to the surface, pulls out his breathing tube and breathes.
The thing is that in addition to the gill slits, it has lungs, and it periodically needs atmospheric oxygen.
Reproduction ampoules does not require special conditions or stimulation. They multiply fairly quickly, but if the aquarium conditions deteriorate, the activity decreases.
Sensing danger, the ampoule closes the lid of the mouth of the shell. This device allows the cochlea not only to protect itself from predators.
She also has to do this during periods of drought. Maintaining optimal conditions in the aquarium will prevent the cochlea from hibernating, and it will stay awake all year round.
Snail ampouleries are very unpretentious creations. The amount of water is calculated according to the scheme of 10 liters per snail.
If you plan to contain only ampoule, a small aquarium capacity of 40 liters is quite suitable for them. But still some snails are rarely contained, so if you decide to populate 3-4 ampulyary with your fish, select an aquarium with a capacity of at least 100 liters.
When pouring water into a container, be sure to leave an air gap of 10 centimeters. It needs ampulyaria for breathing.
No matter how long the snail is under water, it will die without oxygen on the surface. The aquarium cover must be closed, otherwise the clam may get out of its house and die.
The aquarium water parameters are generally the same as when the fish are kept – filtration, aeration, regular water changes.
- Temperature. From 18 to 30 degrees. But it should be borne in mind that these snails are of tropical origin and live in heat. The optimum temperature is about 24 degrees.
- Calcium content. If the aquarium water is very soft, the snail shell will begin to collapse. Over time, holes and holes will appear. To change the level of hardness, a couple of shells, crushed marble or special preparations are added to the aquarium.
Peculiar relations in ampoules with algae. Aquarium plants with soft and thin leaves are likely to become a victim of voracious snails. Often, even in case of sufficient feeding, the plants may suffer.
That is why it is better to plant hard algae in the ampulyary aquarium, which will be too tough for the clam.
Ampulyaria, like all aquarium snails, have an excellent appetite. They eat almost all types of food.
They can be fed with vegetables (carrots, cabbage, lettuce, zucchini and cucumbers), after dabbing them with boiling water for softness. Do not disdain ampulyaria live food – pipemaker, bloodworm.
Many novice aquarists get scared by noticing how a clam eats a dead fish. But do not worry: the living inhabitants of the aquarium ampulyary not attack.
But they will calmly eat the dead snails, fish, as well as their eggs.
Feed the ampoule is not worth much. They, of course, do not hurt much satiety, but how much rotting remnants of food will hurt the entire aquarium!
Snails ampulyariya peaceful and calm inhabitants of the aquarium. Their behavior does not disturb the neighbors, but, alas, it is not mutual. Many aquarium fish can tweak snails and even tear off their antennae.
Larger fish — the fahak, the green tetradon, and the large cichlids — will purposefully attack the snail, seeing food in it. Usually they eat the young, but large individuals, too, do not be good.
Fish will nibble them all the time.
If shrimps and crayfish live in your tank, snails will have to be abandoned. With great delight, these aquarium dwellers gobble up ampulyaria, skillfully picking out a snail from the shell.
Most of the snails are hermaphroditic and easily reproduce in the presence of two individuals. But an aquarium ampoule is an exception. They are opposite-sex animals, but you will not succeed in determining gender.
Males are no different from females. Accordingly, reproduction requires the presence of two individuals. Therefore, if you are planning to breed snails, it is better to purchase 3-4 individuals, just in case.
To breed them, do not need any stimulants.
After mating, the female crawls to the surface and begins to look for the most comfortable place in order to lay eggs. Most often she does this in the evening.
She lays eggs not in water, protecting offspring from predators. Touch or move the calf can not, if there is no really compelling reasons.
It so happens that the ampoule laid eggs at night at the lighting. In this case, it should be done, until the caviar is hardened, move it.
Otherwise, when you turn on the lamp, the eggs will burn.
When ripe, the eggs become darker, and after 2-4 weeks, snail crumbs appear. Leave them in the general aquarium can not be – most likely, they die or become food for fish.
Ampouleas multiply fairly quickly, but their numbers are easily controlled manually.
On the very first day, tiny snails are already eating soft aquarium plants, collecting leftover food. Feed chopped fish food, and after a couple of weeks, you can add to the diet and parental food.
It is worth knowing that if necessary, treatment of the aquarium snails need to be transplanted, as they do not tolerate many drugs. No matter how many snails live in an aquarium, they should not be left in case of use:
- formaldehydes and pesticides, which are used to exterminate parasites;
- copper-containing drugs used to treat fungal infections;
- malachite green (for the treatment of ichthyophthiriasis and fungal diseases).
By the way, if the snail has surfaced, it does not mean that she died. Do not be afraid of this behavior. Maybe she just breathes.
It is possible to determine whether the ampoule is alive, just as in the case of any other snail – to smell. If the smell is unpleasant, the clam is dead and must be removed from the aquarium immediately.
It has already been mentioned above that multi-colored and undoubtedly cute creatures are an excellent decoration of an aquarium. They will help create a unique interior in your underwater garden.
Like other snails, ampulyarias are wonderful aquarium attendants. They do an excellent job with the coating on the walls and the film on the surface of the water.
She collects the remaining feed after feeding, no matter how much it is left, not allowing it to rot and pollute the soil and water.
Snails in the aquarium – this is to some extent a classic. And ampulyaria, perhaps, have become one of the most worthy representatives.
It is interesting to watch them, and a variety of colors is pleasing to the eye. Efforts to maintain ampoules are minimal, and you do not have to do much, and the results fully justify the expectations.
At the age of about 6 months, the body of the snail reaches puberty. True, this figure can be both more and less. It all depends on the conditions under which Akhatin lives.
To understand whether the animal is ready to accept its partner, examine the neck of the pet. If you find there is a small bump, similar to a pimple, it means that the snail has grown, and you have seen its reproductive organ.
These cute creatures are hermaphrodites. Very rarely, babies can appear as a result of self-fertilization, but still adults need a pair to produce offspring.
Do not allow animals to mate from the same clutch. Also protect from it sick snails or those that are actively growing.
After the Achatina laid eggs, the owners need to understand what they do and how to care for the clutch. This will happen 1-1.5 months after mating. Remember that the laying should be shallow in a wet ground, but do not overdo it with water.
Do not allow it to accumulate under the eggs. The best temperature for them is 28 degrees.
Try not to disturb the clutch.
Achatina usually hatch in 2-3 weeks after the eggs were laid for which you have experienced so many times. From 20 to 300 babies can be born.
Usually their number reaches hundreds. The owners, the pets of which have not yet produced offspring, usually ask themselves: what do the eggs of Achatina snails look like?
And soon receive the long-awaited answer. They are yellow in color, matte, have an oblong shape and a dense shell.
The main problem for a person is that it is necessary to attach a huge number of snails in good hands. It is on this and it is worth considering before allowing the pairing of two animals.