Aquarium snail ampulyaria: content and reproduction
A snail ampoule, the photo of which is now in front of you, originally from the Amazon. In the modern world of aquariums, this bright and large creature is becoming more and more popular. Nowadays, a large yellow snail is known to every lover of glass houses for aquatic inhabitants.The ampoule family consists of tropical freshwater snails, some species are suitable for keeping in private ponds and aquariums. This amazing creature is considered to be the orderly of the water world. In addition, snail ampoules look very beautiful in an aquarium, their reproduction in captivity is simple, and as for their maintenance and feeding at home, there are no difficulties in these matters either. It is only necessary to study some features of their life, and everything will be in order. On how to care for these bright beautiful snails, you will learn by reading the article, we will also reveal the secrets of how to reproduce them at home.
Snail ampoule: photo, description
Yellow representatives of this species are found most often, but this is not the only color of these aquarium creatures. Snail ampoule can be white, black and brown. Blue snails look very unusual, they are considered the most fashionable. Whatever color is on the "house" of this underwater medic, the content and feeding is the same for all.
When you buy a snail, you see in front of you a small creature that is about 2.5 cm in diameter. It is this size that is recommended for purchase. Only by acquiring this water miracle, many people forget or simply cannot imagine that a beautiful baby can grow up to 9-10 cm. There are individuals who have reached even larger sizes, this is facilitated by enhanced feeding and a spacious aquarium.
How to keep aquarium snails
A snail ampoule, the content of which is quite simple, can live in a relatively small aquarium, but this is on condition that there is only one such pet. In this case, a forty-liter glass house will suffice. But usually such animals are not kept one by one, if 3-4 individuals live together, and also fish with them, then they will need an aquarium for one hundred liters.
If you already live adult aquarium snails ampouleria, the owner must keep control over their reproduction, otherwise soon they will have a great number of them. Experts recommend a single yellow beauty allocate about 11-12 liters. It is also necessary to ensure that in the aquarium there are no dead snails of ampulyaria left to decompose, the behavior before the death of these creatures lies in the fact that they freeze, their little body relaxes completely, they hardly move.
Water in the aquarium
Keeping and breeding at home is simplified by the fact that snail ampouleries are undemanding to water, reproduction of these beauties is possible in conditions that are much worse than acceptable to other aquatic inhabitants, especially fish. The owner of the aquarium is enough to follow the rules of filtration and replacement of water.
A special relationship requires a snail house. In order for it not to collapse, but, on the contrary, to be renewed and built, we need calcium. If the water in the aquarium is too soft, then limestone, fine marble, and shells from the sea should be added to it. It is even easier to restore the lack of calcium by simply buying a special drug at the pet store, designed to increase the hardness of the water.
In the care is very simple snail ampoule, the contents of it can be trusted even to a primary school student. To keep the average temperature in the aquarium, a lamp is successfully used to heat the water. If it becomes cold to snails or they just want to soak up the warmth, they gather on the wall from the side where the light warms.
The aquarium should be covered with a lid, otherwise, if your “horned” pets do not like something in their dwelling, they will simply come out and go for a walk. In this case, you need to find out what prompted them to escape and eliminate inconvenience. Runaways, if you carefully inspect the place near the aquarium, you will immediately find out, they are not able to crawl away.
From time to time the snail ampoule creeps out to breathe air, for this purpose there should be free space between the edge of the water surface and the aquarium lid. It is interesting to watch the tricks of the yellow beauties, since they look very funny, especially when they do it together, in a few individuals. First, the snail, filled with air, pops up, then exhales, then with a loud gurgle falls to the bottom.Some newcomers to breeding snails, when they saw such actions of their pets for the first time, get scared when they decided that the poor creatures let out their last breath and fell dead to the bottom. This, of course, is not so, with the "stag beetles" everything is in perfect order - they breathe the air and immediately rest.
Now let's talk about what snails ampularia eat. This question is the easiest, as beautiful creatures are literally omnivorous. Horned creatures can eat anything that they can swallow or grind. Food should be given in such quantities that snails are able to eat it. Overfeeding the water handsome is almost impossible, but if you give a lot of food, pollute your aquarium. In no case it is impossible that these large snails are starving, they are among their other fellows are large, and for a normal existence they need increased nutrition. It often happens that the owners of huge aquariums ampulyaria die from hunger and exhaustion for the simple reason that these slow-moving animals in a large team of nimble fish could not get their food.They lacked the food that the negligent master of the fish kingdom gave.
In order for the “horned” handsome man to grow and develop normally, you need to know that he loves to eat and how to feed snails with ampoules so that they can fill up. In addition, they are happy to eat algae and fish food, or rather, what remains of it after the feast of more mobile aquatic inhabitants, snails eat dead fish and the rest of the dead organics. Therefore, they are called orderlies of an aquarium, they clean their house of pollution, cleaning even the walls of the glass "palace". Also, yellow beauties with back houses like to feast on spinach, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce. Favorite delicacy “horned” is a banana peel, which has already slightly rotted. Snails are suitable only soft food, they are not adapted to eat solid.
Snail ampulyaria - comes from the tropics, its body is designed to survive in this climate. For example, in a drought, these creatures survive thanks to a well-developed muscular leg and a protective flap on it. With this shutter, as if by a small door, the snail closes its “house” and waits a long dry period, remaining alive even in the mud or in the puddles left from the dried-up reservoirs.
Another feature of the snails is their respiratory system. On the right side they have gills, and on the left side they are light. In an aquarium, ampulyaria rises to the surface of the water and with the help of a breathing tube they pump oxygen into themselves.
Occupations in the life of horned bright creatures with beautiful shells on the back quite a bit, by their nature, they are quite lazy. They have only one job - to continue their race, breeding. When the snail ampoule laid her eggs, what should she do after that? Naturally, you need to eat. This is how these aquatic inhabitants exist - they breed and eat, they can also sleep, tired of such important matters.
Aquarium snails do not fall into hibernation, they do not have this need. Is that the water in their glass house is too cold, but even in this case, they only become more sluggish, as if sleepy, in hibernation, as their relatives from the wild, will not fall.
At first glance, it may seem to ignorant people that giant, like for a home aquarium, yellow snails can harm their graceful neighbors - the fish. Indeed, they are much larger than most species of aquarium inhabitants.Especially this opinion is fixed after a person sees a huge snail, happily eating up a dead, unfortunate fish. But in fact it is worth thinking a little bit, and it will become clear that such a slow creature like a snail ampoule cannot in any way catch up with a nimble, dodgy fish. Everything is simply explained, snails are ordinary scavengers. The fish that this creature, useful for an aquarium, eats, was already dead before it became a dinner for a water medic.
If you look at it from the other side, the fish often get offended and harm peaceful and calm snails. They bite off their antennae, horns, and some especially aggressive eat small individuals and harm the health of large ones. The enemies of ampoules, except fish, are crayfish and shrimps, which are able to easily get a snail from its shelter and eat. For this reason, it is not recommended to fish the following species with them in the same aquarium:
• Sumatran barbs;
• tetradon dwarf;
• green tetradon;
• fighting clown;
• large cichlids.
Aquarium snails ampouleria: breeding
To disassemble even mature animals, where the male, and where the female, can only be an experienced specialist.It is easier to settle 4-5 snails in your tank right away, usually in such a company there will definitely be heterosexual individuals. Snail eggs ampoule can be found on the inner wall of the fish "house", above the surface of the water or on the glass, which closes the top of the aquarium. A large yellow snail may have several hundred eggs.
At first, when the female lay, her calf is almost pure white with a yellow tinge. Over time, the eggs become harder and become off-white in color. The future mother lays her caviar more often before the sunrise in the place that was heated by the backlight lamps. Because of this, when the owner switches on the highlighting device in the morning, the newly made masonry perishes from the heat. If it is necessary to keep the eggs intact and if there is a desire to wait for the offspring of the snails, the eggs should be immediately cut from the glass and placed on a special floating object, for example, a piece of foam or even ordinary alga.
Depending on the temperature, the first snails appear 2-4 weeks after laying the roe. During this period, the clutch itself becomes noticeably darker, the kids diligently gnaw their way to the light and, after clearing, finally, the path falls into the water.At this point, newborn ampouleries can die, becoming a snack for the inhabitants of the aquarium.
To save such numerous replenishment, you need to put the kids in another container with water. It will be even easier from the very beginning to transfer the entire laying of caviar to the spawning aquarium. Anyone who has ever caught small ampoules in the water knows how difficult it is.
Immediately after birth, the snails begin to eat algae and softened fish feed. After only 14-16 days, the babies eat everything that their adult parents did.
The lifespan of an ampoule depends on the temperature of the water in the aquarium and the conditions of detention. If a snail grows and develops at a relatively low temperature, then it will be able to live up to three years. If the thermometer shows 25 degrees and higher, then it is destined to live in half less - 12-17 months. Although in the warm yellow beauties grow very quickly, grow up and multiply.
Experts recommend maintaining the temperature for snails in the range of 19-25 degrees. So, in the home pond, these creatures cannot live all year round, except that in the warm summer they will delight their owners with the bright color of the shells.
What are sick snails
In order to ensure the normal existence of their aquarium pets, the owner must know the possible diseases of snails ampoules. It often happens that the yellow beauties destroy their main decoration - the sink. It happens that due to an oversight in the water there is a lack of calcium, and therefore snails simply do not have anything to form their own “house”. The result will be pitiable, in the form of a cracked and deformed shell. If you notice such a problem in time and add the necessary amount of calcium to the water, the yellow snails will “repair” their shelter by patching up the holes formed.
Another problem of snails is ticks, which can harm the shells, forming recesses in them. To get rid of such uninvited guests, it is necessary, pulling one snail out of the water, to treat them with a special agent containing formalin. Before processing the shell is dried with a cotton swab. It is necessary to carry out such a procedure very quickly, so that ampouleries are not affected by a long stay in the air.
If an ugly green patina appeared on the snail's “house”, it can be simply removed with a regular toothbrush.After wiping the sink several times, you will get its former bright and beautiful color.
Interesting facts about snails
A snail ampullary is a very interesting and not fully understood creation of nature; here you can find some interesting facts from its life:
• Ampularia is completely deaf. Scientists have proven their complete deafness.
• The eyesight of snails is very weak, they can only distinguish light from dark.• Regeneration allows snails to grow a lost organ for 20–25 days, exceptions do not even make up the eyes.