maintenance, care, compatibility
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
Many aquarists are quite skeptical of creatures that can already be said to have become an integral part of aquarium life – snails. But this small-looking creature can not only spoil the life of the inhabitants of the aquarium, as many believe, but also bring great benefits.
So what kind of positive qualities can be found in simple snails that live in our aquariums?
First, no matter how strange and funny it may sound, the snail is a real aquarium vacuum cleaner, in the literal sense of the word. The snail perfectly cleans the walls of the aquarium from the mucus that has accumulated on it, and also eats all those remnants of food that have not been eaten.
This fact is very important, because the remains that rot at the bottom of the aquarium, become a real “paradise” for parasites: this is how snails clean the aquarium from unnecessary substances.
In general, snails are unpretentious living creatures that live in an aquarium (of course, if we are not talking about decorative snails, which require special conditions for normal life activity). Simple snails do not need a place under the sun – they cost quite small.
But one question arises: how many snails should there be in an aquarium? It is very difficult to answer this question unequivocally, since it all depends on what kind of fish lives in the aquarium, and what sizes the aquarium itself has; In addition, there are fish that like to eat snails as a main course.
But, on average, for an aquarium whose total volume is 30 liters, 10 snails will be enough. However, everything depends not only on the size of the so-called water space, but also on the size of the snails themselves.
For example, the general equivalent would be: 5 small snails are equal to one big; based on this, you decide how many snails you need.
Any snails in the aquarium are very prolific, so you should strictly monitor their numbers. As soon as you caught the moment and realized that their number reached an extreme point, you can simply catch and put them in a jar of water and algae, then donate this animal to the pet store, or donate to the same aquarium owners as you – in general, you will understand.
As soon as a snail dies in the aquarium, it must be caught and thrown out, because any process of decomposition of microorganisms in the aquarium will lead to an epidemic among fish, which can cause a massive death of the inhabitants of the aquarium.
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.