maintenance, care, compatibility
If you are not worried about the fact that the snails will fall into the general aquarium, then … nothing. With constant humidity and temperature, caviar or eggs ampoule will hatch, fall into the water and begin a completely independent life.
Catch them is not a problem, but if you want, you can put a plastic bottle incubator under the clutch. Small snails will fall there and you can transfer them to the general aquarium.
The moment of appearance of babies from caviar:
Most likely she died if she did not move for several days. A simple way to understand this is to get a snail and smell it.
But, carefully, the smell can be very strong. Dead snails ampulyaria in the aquarium should be removed, as they very quickly decompose and can spoil the water.
Very simple, chop a piece of non-plug or any stainless object.
Yes, some species can, especially if hungry. How to fight?
Feed their fill.
I want to have an ampoule, but I am afraid that they will divorce. How to control them?
This is not a problem at all. First, the caviar is large and above the water, it is very difficult not to notice it.
Secondly, the snails themselves are large and even catch them with their hands. Well, and more ways to get rid of snails you will find the link.
Do I need to somehow create a place where they can put off caviar?
Enough to cover the aquarium. Ideal conditions for caviar are created in the space between the lid and the water.
And yes, it is better to cover, since ampulyarii can crawl away on a journey.
My snail is already very big, how long will it grow?
With good feeding, the look of the ampulyary Pomacea maculata can reach 15 cm in diameter. But, as a rule, they are 5-8 cm in diameter.
Nothing, they have a wonderful ability to regenerate. As a rule, a lost organ will grow within 25 days. It may be slightly smaller, but fully operational.
They even restore the eyes.
If you gradually increase the concentration, then they withstand a small salinity. If the snail ceased to crawl out of the shell as it rises, then reduce it before it is too late.
Yes, there are several types for which they are carriers. However, ampulyarias resist quite well, and are much sturdier than parasites.
There is one parasite that is dangerous to humans (the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis). Its main carrier is a rat, and a person can become infected if they consume raw snails.
In rare cases, it invokes damage to the nervous system and even death.
But you have absolutely nothing to fear. Ampulyaria can become infected with it only if they live in nature, where neighbors are infected rodents.
It is difficult to imagine that local ampularia bred in an aquarium can contact them. But, even if so, then you still need to eat a raw snail.
Yes, during the dry season in nature, some species can. But in the aquarium they do not need it.
My ampulyary sink places are not of that color, what’s the matter?
This is due to the fact that at some point they stopped growing (change of habitat, lack of food, other water) and as soon as everything got better, they immediately restored the former quality of the sink. But the trace remained.
It’s okay, the main thing is that further you keep them well.
My ampoule is collapsing shell. What is it about?
To form shells, snails absorb calcium from water. If you have very old, or very soft water, then it may simply be missing.
And her defense, her shell is cracking. It is not difficult to fix it, at least to replace some of the water with fresh one, or to add mineral substances so that the water becomes harder.
But note that they can seal up the holes in the sink, but sometimes the tip of the shell disappears from them and they cannot repair it. However, it does not bother them to live.
I found an empty shell from an ampoule. Has someone eaten her?
Most likely she died herself. Above are listed the types of fish that can eat them.
But, if it dies on its own, it decomposes very quickly, since it consists entirely of protein.
Depends on the conditions of detention and temperature. At low temperatures up to 3 years, and at temperatures from 25 ° C only 12-16 months.
At higher temperatures, ampouleries are more active, grow and multiply faster. But, a side effect is accelerated metabolism, and, accordingly, early death. The temperature for keeping an ampoule can vary between 18 – 28 ° C
During the summer, completely, as they can live at a temperature of 18-28 ° C. But in the fall, you know …
My ampouleries are not active, they often do not move. I feed normally, conditions are good.
If they did not die (how to check, see above), then everything is fine. The snails themselves are rather lazy creatures, they have only two desires either to eat or to multiply.
Accordingly, when these desires are not, they just sleep.
Either you have a low water temperature, which we have already written above.
My ampoule has surfaced and floats on the surface. Is she dead?
Not necessary. As mentioned above, they are rather lazy, and since they breathe the air that is pumped under the sink, they can easily emerge. Check with her is very simple.
Get out of the water and see if the snail quickly closes the shell, then everything is in order. At the deceased muscles relax and she does not move.
How long does it take for caviar to hatch out?
Two to four weeks, depending on temperature and humidity.
Yes, but in winter much less.
It is difficult to say unequivocally, the reasons can be many. But, as a rule, in common aquariums they die … from hunger.
This is a large snail, in order to live and grow it needs a lot of food, and in the general aquarium it lacks it.
Of course not, this is a water snail. If you see how she gets out of the water or even crawls out of the aquarium, it means that the female is looking for a place where to lay her eggs.
In this case, you need to close her exits from him, otherwise she will come out and die. For caviar you need a place with high temperature and humidity, usually the ideal place is under the cover of the aquarium or glass.
As we have said, only the dead. She has neither speed nor teeth to hunt fish.
But she eats dead fish with pleasure.
No, she is too big, she would need the efforts of a small bulldozer.
You can, ampoules for eared turtles are excellent food. Joke.
It is impossible, the reason has already been named.
Adults, yes. For Helen, an adult ampoule is clearly beyond its powers, but they can eat small ones.
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, as a rule, lay their eggs in the airspace (for this, the distance between the lid and the water should be at least 10 cm.).
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
Despite the fact that many people believe that a snail for an aquarium is a disaster, and it is necessary to get rid of it as soon as possible, the majority of snails only bring benefits to the aquarium environment. Of course, there are snails that cause real trouble, but these are rare exceptions.
In general, snails clean the aquarium of unnecessary substances, mucus that accumulates on the leaves of algae and the walls of the aquarium, and also eat food that the fish did not eat – after all, food debris in the decay process releases a lot of harmful substances and becomes a real incubator for the spread of bacteria.
But how do snails breed? Very simple: the reproduction of snails in an aquarium occurs in the same way as the reproduction of fish – caviar.
Snails can lay their eggs both at the depth of the aquarium and on the surface of the water: it all depends on the species and genus of the snail itself. But, in any case, it is necessary to closely monitor this process.
If a large number of eggs is observed in the aquarium, and the number of adult snails is already nearing a maximum, then it is best to get rid of the offspring, because a large number of snails in the aquarium adversely affects its environment. All is well when in moderation.
Many snails attach their eggs to the walls of the aquarium, and there are some types of snails that lay eggs right in their sink, as close as possible to the exit.
Caviar, which floats on the surface of the water or at a depth, will of course be noticed by fish, and most likely eaten in a short time.
But caviar can affect most species of fish in the most unfavorable way. Indeed, after some time after the deposition of eggs, the eggs swell, become large and hard, and for small fish to swallow such eggs is a difficult task: the eggs get stuck in the ways, and the fish can simply die.
Nowadays, a large number of books have been released, which describe in detail how snails breed in an aquarium. But you need to know that if you want to bring as many snails as possible, then it is best to transfer the eggs to another vessel – without fish, which can interfere with this process.
The main thing is to make sure that the caviar was wet, but you should not force it into the depth of an aquarium or other vessel with water – thus, you only spoil the whole process and kill some snails that did not have time to be born.
What feed aquarium snails? Although the type of food depends on the specific type of snail, most of them are omnivores, they eat everything they can find. Usually snails eat rotting plants, dead fish, food debris and various algae.
In this way, they serve the aquarist – cleaning the aquarium from excess food residue, thereby maintaining cleanliness and lowering the level of toxins in the water.
Of course, different types of snails have disadvantages. The most common problem is that some species can spoil and even eat plants to the ground.
In addition, all the snails will eat fish eggs, if they can get to it and should not keep them in spawning.
The most frequent problem is that there are too many of them. We have already discussed this question in detail in the article – how to get rid of snails in an aquarium.
There are listed both the ways and causes of violent reproduction.
So, most often contain:
The coil is generally a classic snail, it can be found in almost any aquarium. It does not have any particular features, its small size, ease of reproduction and an interesting appearance have made it quite popular.
It is useful in moderation, does not cause excessive harm, only it spoils the appearance of the aquarium.
Ampulyaria is also quite common, but unlike coils, it is already quite demanding on the content. Since ampoules are one of the largest species of aquarium snails, they have a corresponding appetite.
Can damage young and delicate plants with a lack of food. The rest is beautiful, big, interesting.
Tilomelania – rapidly growing popularity of aquarium snails. But, besides the fact that tilomeleanii very beautiful, they are also very demanding on the conditions of detention.
They can rather be attributed to the exotic, which must be kept separately, and well cared for, than to simple species.
Melania – are common as coils, but differ from them not only in appearance, but also in lifestyle. Melania live in the ground, breed in the same place, which is beneficial to the aquarium, as they mix it.
But, they are prone to rapid growth, and getting rid of them is not so easy.
Neretina is a beautiful and very useful snail. Quite small, about 2 cm, neretina perfectly clean the aquarium from algae.
I advise you to follow the link and watch the video as it happens. Among the shortcomings – the price and a short lifespan, about a year.
Three types of neretin
Marisa is a real monster that can grow up to 6 cm or more. Large and very voracious, the marisa is not very suitable for general aquariums, as it eats away the plants at the root.
Helena is one of the most unusual species. The fact is that they eat … other snails.
If you have a lot of snails, then Helena is one of the ways to get rid of them. Details about the content of Helen on the link.
Fiza is also a very common snail. Small, easily propagated, lives in very harsh conditions.
Among the shortcomings, it can gnaw through holes in the leaves of rather hard plants, such as echinodorus. What spoils their appearance, so if you are a fan of plants, then it is better to get rid of nat.