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Old 01-29-2013, 03:33 AM   #1
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Apple snails good or bad?


Hey guys I'm new to the forum and I picked up two zebra apple snail and I really like them especially since they were 75 cents. Anyways I just wanted to see what kind of experiences you've had with them because I've heard some bad things.
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I have owned yellow apple snails, but never zebra ones. They are neat, and get huge. They lay their eggs right above the waters surface in big piles. If you dont want them to hatch simply knock the eggs into the tank and it will give your fish a treat.
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My yellow apple snail is named "Peach, the constant-uprooter of my newly-planted stems."

Apart from that annoying habit, it's pretty cool and fun to watch.
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well, Apple snails are differerent from myserty snails (though they are related closely and look very similar)
Apple snails eat plants and grow huge
Mystery snails DON'T eat plants, and don't grow quiet as big but still pretty decent.

I had mystery snails, 10 in a 75, but then they all died at once and omg the ammonia spike.
Other than that, they where my clean up crew.....which I am now without and miss having.
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well, Apple snails are differerent from myserty snails (though they are related closely and look very similar)...
LOL They should look similar, because mystery snails ARE apple snails.

They are Pomacea bridgesii bridgesii (or in the new labeling Pomacea bridgesii diffusa). However as stated the difference between the other apple snails and these is that these tend to eat decaying vegetation, not live. The exception I have seen is duckweed. They eat them with a passion...one by one. Grow about as big as a golf ball.

Sounds like what you have is an Asolene Spixi. Those will eat plants, and other snails.

Oh, Spixis are also illegal to sell across state lines.
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well, Apple snails are differerent from myserty snails (though they are related closely and look very similar)
Apple snails eat plants and grow huge
Mystery snails DON'T eat plants, and don't grow quiet as big but still pretty decent.

I had mystery snails, 10 in a 75, but then they all died at once and omg the ammonia spike.
Other than that, they where my clean up crew.....which I am now without and miss having.
All mystery snails are apple snails but not all apple snails are mystery snails. There are quite a few species of apple snail actually, some eat plants, some don't. There are species that can get huge (think softball size) and some eat plants but not all of them. Mystery snails don't eat plants.

I had them and bred them for a little while, they're really cool to watch but I found they don't help to keep the tank clean that much.

A really good reference for applesnails is:http://applesnail.net/
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Looks like diffusa so I think you are fine, but they all look similar.
Diffusa I know is the most common, especially since it cn be transported across state lines, unlike many others
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Yeah I bought them as "zebra snails" so they could be anything
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http://www.applesnail.net/content/sp...lene_spixi.htm

Look familiar?
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Yeah thanks this is a great forum
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We have three (formerly four, RIP) apple snails in our ten-gallon tank. They are highly amusing to watch. They will climb over each other to eat the algae off their shells. They often crawl right into the stream of bubbles from the airstone and use it as an express elevator to the surface. I have once even seen one of them climb the glass all the way out of the water.

They do eat some plants. Mostly they clean up the dead stuff. But fine plants like hairgrass or needle leaf ludwigia will get mowed down. They do also occasionally uproot plants without eating them. And floating plants, as mentioned in a previous post, will also disappear. I have seen the snails hanging on the glass and leaning back to reach floating plants. They don't bother the banana plant, the anubias, or the anacharis in our tank though. It seems broad leaves are safe. I think the anacharis is safe only because it grows faster than they can eat it.

But the most fun thing of all is "spoon feeding" them bloodworms. We use an eye dropper to feed bloodworms to our betta. And we discovered the snails love them too. They will climb the glass to get within reach of the eye dropper. If we drop extra bloodworms on the log or substrate the snails will go after them. Actually, bloodworms turn our tank into a free-for-all combat zone. The snails, betta, cories, and ghost shrimp all fight over the treats.
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I didn't have a problem with my Apples eating anything but dead leaves. They would do acrobatics to get there, but that's why they'er so fun. Also, when the mating starts, that is a site to be seen.

If you find yourself with both sexes, be prepared for babies. They will hang them outside your water line but they can search for hours to find he right spot. I used to have a video of a female dropping her eggs, it was cool as hell.

I never removed the eggs and reared them in the tank but beware of this, they'll quickly become fish food. Not necessarily bad since they drop a ton of eggs per pod.
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