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This short and quick guide to apple snails is intented for those people who don't have the time to read the whole apple snail guide section. It's a rude all-in-one version which does not discriminate between the specific species, but as apple snails are easy animals when it comes to their needs, this small guide should help you with the basic care.

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housing Housing
  • Aquarium with coverplate or pond.
  • 5 - 10 cm (2 - 4 inch) Air space above the water.
  • 10-liters/2.5 gallon for each mid-sized snail (5cm/2inch. diameter).

 

food Food
  • Vegetables (lettuce, cucumber, small pieces of carrots, green beans and celery).
  • Algea and aquarium plants.
  • Weeds from the garden.
  • Fish food (pellets and tablets).
  • Frozen foods, brine shrimps, dead fish and even other snails and their eggs.

 

Water Water
  • Calcium rich water.
  • pH: 6.5- 8, preferably above 7.

 

Light Light
  • No need for artificial illumination like TL-tubes.
  • Shadow rich places preferred.

 

Temperature Temperature
  • 18 - 28C (65-82F).
  • Never below 18C (65F).

 

Reproduction Reproduction
  • Separated sexes (gonochoristic).
  • Reproduction peak in spring.
  • Female can store sperm for months.

 

Eggs Eggs
  • Laid in clutches above the water (most species)
    or in the water.
  • Several clutches / month possible.
  • Keep humid, not wet (aerial eggs)!

 

Hatching Hatching
  • After 2 - 3 weeks (temperature dependend).
  • Little snails leave the clutch and head for the water (aerial eggs).

 

Young snails Young snails
  • Same food as parents, although debris, algea and small food particles preferred).
  • Protect them against large fish.

 

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