Caring for Your New Apple Snails
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Origins. Apple snails (here we’re referring specifically to the big guys, not the mystery snails) now come from commercial fish farms. Unlike their close relatives the mystery snails, apple snails grow as large as a baseball. Mysteries top out at the size of a marshmallow -- an uncooked, raw marshmallow.
Big Eaters. Apple
snails eat a much broader selection of menu items than mystery snails
eat. Mystery snails ignore most plants. Apple snails love all
plants except plastic and silk. Apple snails eat day and night. They will eat
algae (after they eat all the other plants in your aquarium). They
greedily consume sponge filters if they can reach them. Cover your
sponge filters with gravel. Their huge appetites cause them to grow
quite large (or vice versa).
Chris Ordeneaux, Texas, November 12, 2008
I like your article on Apple snails (referring to the big guys). I have heard several different stories about their limited shipping availability. I am from Texas, so that is where I am most concerned, but I have heard other states have outlawed these guys because they are considered an invasive species. I have heard everything from they are completely outlawed, to that the shipper has to have a special license. I am wondering if you have encountered this, and if you have a definitive answer? Thanks for all your help
A: Federal law prohibits shipment of apple snails across state lines. The permits are for the shipment of mystery snails which look very similar. LA
Favorite Foods. Apple snails are voracious plant eaters. Their speed at devouring your skillful aquascaping will amaze and astound you. Economical vegetable foods include zucchini, squash, green beans, and peas. They much prefer fish food -- sinking and/or floating foods. Apple snails quickly learn to harvest fish food from the surface.
Algae Eaters? Sure, apple snails will eat algae. They’re just not very good at it -- like Mr. Magoo mowing your lawn. You can see where they passed thru, but they’ll never polish your glass.
Better Water. If you find your apple snails closed up or semi-closed for a couple days, you should move them to a different tank or give them a water change. These big eaters can pollute their quarters fairly fast. Organic wastes will stunt their growth and possibly even kill them. They prefer harder water to keep their shells from getting pitted.
Threats. Clown loaches and cichlids will kill your apple snails. Most livebearers will pester the heck out of them. They love to nip their tentacles. Outside, birds and raccoons consider them tasty treats. Indoors, they will crawl out of their tank to lay eggs. They do not necessarily remember their way home. They can stand a couple of weeks on the dry carpet, but their survival rate starts dropping after that. Do not use any medications with copper in them.
Breeding. Flip on over to mystery snails for a look at their egg laying process.
Clean up Crew. Apple snails eat humongous quantities of organic substances that would otherwise pollute your tank. New tank owners need a healthy snail or two to correct their unwitting overfeeding. Snails will eat old crummy food that fish turn up their noses at.
Last Word. Except for their size some of us can’t tell apple snails from mystery snails. All mystery snails are apple snails. However, not all apple snails are mystery snails. Sound like a potential SAT question? Anyway, in a tank with no fishes in it, your apple snail will come out of his shell and put on a show for you. They cost more than your other snails, but they make very nice specimen animals. LA
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