maintenance, care, compatibility
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.
Reproduction and laying of caviar are regulated. The female of the snail independently searches for and selects a place for laying eggs, feeling the air temperature and humidity. So in the future there will be no need to “evict” eggs to another place.
Another thing is if the female placed her near the backlight – strong heat will destroy the fry. Carefully remove the caviar and place it on a floating object (can lid, plate).
All the eggs are soft, elastic, 2 mm in size. Mason easily glued to the glass in the form of grapes.
A day later, the eggs are not milky white, and yellowish. Over time, the color darkens.
Unfortunately, in the general aquarium, many snails die, so you need a separate container to save the offspring.
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
Aquarium snails ampouleria: maintenance and care, breeding
It is possible to breed snails of this species, as well as aquarian small fishes. They reach sexual maturity by 15 months.
To breed ampulyarii, you must prepare the aquarium, creating in it 10-15 centimeters air gap. To do this, it is necessary to drain part of the water and cover the container with glass.
Water temperature – + 26 – 28 degrees.
Ampoule females lay their eggs in the form of a bunch on the wall of the aquarium or on the glass to be coated. It matures 7–15 days, and the process of procreation takes 5 days.
It is very important to protect the eggs from drying out, as with the lack of moisture the clutch dies. After two weeks, a young emerges from it, which moves to the aquarium water.
Newborn snails should be heavily fed. Initially, they are given soaked and pounded dry food for fish, gammarus, daphnia, boiled yolk, shriveled meat (beef).
Then they are gradually transferred to adult food, and when the kids grow up to 5 mm, they can be seated in other aquariums.
These are the funny creatures of snail ampoules. Keeping and caring for them does not constitute a lot of work, and with their presence they diversify your aquarium and will bring a lot of pleasure to watch them.
Despite the fact that this type of mollusks gets along well with fish, it is better to keep them in a separate aquarium. The fact is that not only some species of fish, but also other animals, for example, red-eared turtles, eat even adult snails, not to mention caviar and offspring.
Snails ampouleries, maintenance and care of which are quite simple, can live in a not very large aquarium (30 liters), but this is on condition that you have one pet. But since the ampulyaries do not contain one by one, 3-4 individuals will need a more spacious capacity – one hundred liters.
It is necessary to know the owners, who already live ampoules: their reproduction should be under their control. Otherwise, a myriad of mollusks will soon appear in the aquarium.
In addition, care should be taken to ensure that dead snails do not remain in the water.
You need to cover the aquarium with a lid, because if your pets do not like something in their new home, they will come out and go for a walk. In such a situation, it is necessary to find out what triggered their escape, and eliminate the inconveniences.
Periodically, the ampoule comes out to breathe air, therefore, between the cover of the aquarium and the surface of the water must be left free space. It is very interesting to watch the tricks of the colorful beauties. They look very funny, especially when there are several individuals in an aquarium.
Initially, the snail picks up the air, floats, then exhales, and with the noise falls to the bottom.
Often, newcomers, having seen such tricks for the first time, are terrified and frightened, believing that the unfortunate creatures breathed their last and fell dead to the bottom. This is not so, just the “stags” breathed the air and went to rest.
Many of us are owners of an aquarium, but, in addition to the fish familiar to all, other species of living creatures can live in the aquarium, such as snails.
Snails, like fish, breed by means of caviar. For most of the snails that live in the aquarium and lay eggs, you need quite a lot of space – more than 15 centimeters in height. But this mostly concerns only those snails that lay their eggs on the surface of the water.
For many snails before the breeding period, a period of hibernation is characteristic, so no need to worry if the snail has fallen asleep for a while.
This means that soon you will have to prepare for the replenishment of aquarium inhabitants. It is also worth noting the fact that the female snails can keep sperm in themselves for several months, and even if you purchased one snail-female, then it is possible that in a few months she will give you offspring.
But snail caviar in an aquarium can be both under water and on its surface. Here one should be guided by one rule: where the female laid eggs, in those conditions she should develop further.
Here are the most popular types of snails that lay their eggs on the surface of the aquarium: Pomacea and Pila.
Deferred caviar has a soft texture and a delicate pink color. A few hours after deposition, the eggs acquire a fairly solid structure and a persistent color, which varies from pale pink to dark crimson – it all depends on the type of snail, which put off caviar.
If caviar begins to dry, then it becomes light in color.
As a rule, large progeny of snails come out only if the clutch was made at the depth of the aquarium; laying from the surface of the water is unlikely to bring a large number of snails.
If you do not want snails to breed in this aquarium, then the eggs of aquarium snails can be transferred by you to another place.
It is necessary to moisten the laying of the cochlea, wait a few hours and carefully remove it. It is very important that the caviar is always moist, but not wet: you should not try to put eggs all the time under water, because in this case you will only harm eggs and kill young snails.
Watch the water temperature: it should be between 18 and 28 ° C; the higher the water temperature, the faster the snails will hatch.
It is worth noting the fact that some snails lay their eggs inside their shell, closer to the exit.
There are no problems with feeding an ampoule, they are actually omnivorous. In nature, they apparently feed mainly on plant food, while in an aquarium they sometimes prefer food of animal origin, along with aquarium fish.
But despite the fact that they are very nimble snails, they cannot compete with the fish while feeding and in the general aquarium they may well be constantly hungry. Therefore, to keep these snails in an aquarium with expensive or valuable plants is not worth it.
First of all, they can destroy young plants with delicate leaves. And given the weight of the snail, sometimes they just break.
In search of food often turn the ground, while digging up small plants.
Therefore, it is better to keep these interesting mollusks in several pieces, in large, tropical aquariums of a general type, with large plants. In common aquariums, it is advisable to feed them additionally with vegetable food that the fish do not eat.
In this capacity, you can use lettuce, carrot, cabbage, cucumber (naturally not pickled). Rough food, which is hard to cope with, you need to pre-scald with boiling water.
Occasionally, in order not to spoil the water, you can give a little white bread. In this case, they will be fed and will not seek to spoil the plants.
Taking into account that these snails are sectarian, and it is difficult to determine the floor, their number in the aquarium should be at least three, if it is intended to produce offspring. There they will maintain cleanliness by destroying algae from glasses and plants and the remains of fish feed.
In general, these mollusks are very unpretentious. The composition of the water for them is not very significant, but it should not be too soft. In soft water in adults, the ampulyary collapses the shell.
On the surface of the shell are formed indentations, resembling ulcers. True, the behavior of snails, I, it does not affect.
The temperature can vary from 15 to 33 ° C, but the optimum, all the same above 20 ° C, so they are suitable for large tropical aquariums.
If you keep an ampoule at low temperatures, they become lethargic. Move slowly, do not multiply. Although at low temperatures can live up to 3-4 years.
At high temperatures, the life of the ampoule is reduced to 1-2 years, due to the acceleration of metabolic processes. But to watch them, in this case, is much more interesting.
They lead an active lifestyle, often breed.
All ampouleries are different-sex, only they themselves can distinguish their gender. If you want to breed these snails, it is better to buy 3-4 pieces, so that is already certain.
If you unwittingly witnessed a female ampoule laying eggs, remember it, or mark it in any way. Just do not try to look under the snail “tail”, there you will not see anything interesting.
In general, a female ampoule lays eggs on the surface, just above the water level.
As a rule, females lay their eggs in the evening. Place under the clutch of future offspring is selected taking into account humidity and temperature. It is better not to move the eggs without good reason.
An exception can be considered if the caviar was put off near the lighting lamps at night. If you miss this moment, the eggs near the lamp will be fried.
In this case, while the roe is not hardened, it is better to remove it carefully and place on a floating object.
As a “surfboard” there can be a foam plastic, a small plate or a plastic lid from a glass jar. It’s funny to look at the female when she is going to put off her caviar. The female ampulyaria crawls out of the water and begins to scour the surrounding space. Thus, the snail selects a place for future laying.
It should be noted that the snail is quite strong because of its rather big size. If there is an ogre glass cover glass on your tank, then there is a chance that the snail will be able to lift it.
Over time, the snail caviar begins to ripen and change its color to darker, and before the birth of small snails it becomes generally dark. Caviar usually ripens within 2-4 weeks.
Often, in the general aquarium the youth ampoule dies.
Ampulyaria is a representative of a freshwater snail species. The most popular inhabitant of all aquariums.
It looks very unusual, it is not only aesthetically beautiful, decorative function, but also useful. They clean the aquarium wall from algae.
But they begin to act as cleaners and cleaners, ampulyaria only when the usual food in the aquarium is not enough.
Usually, snails enter a new aquarium in the form of caviar or adults, which are transferred along with the plants, decor, or when transplanting fish. Check all plants for snails or their calves, or dip plants in a solution that kills them (Hydra-Tox), even the most attentive aquarists live snails. For a balanced aquarium snails do not pose a threat.
Instead of struggling with their penetration into the aquarium, it is better to monitor their number, rapid reproduction means any problems in the aquarium.