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post #1 of 5 Old 03-08-2012, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
Apple Snail advice

Im prepared to purchase one of these apple snail, mystery snail, ivory snail, whatevers but Im seeing mixed reports regarding them. THey will be going in a 55 gal medium planted tank with i forget how many watts but good enough lol

anyway... from experience, do they eat plants? Which ones dont eat plants and how do i know?
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-11-2012, 01:09 PM
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Apple/mystery are the same thing, apple snails. Ivory just refers to the colour of a snail.

I find they like damaged and dieing plants. They also seem to enjoy the "softer" plants. My anubis have never been touched, my pennywort, they love. Try supplementing with veggies, like a piece of cucumber or zuchinni or even lettuce leaf. They enjoy most veggies, I particularly like feeding brocolli stems. They absolutely love it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-11-2012, 02:36 PM
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They have the annoying habit of cutting off a stem (wisteria, pennywort, val...) and then being all frustrated because it floated away so they go after another plant! I've tried to have apple snails with "soft" plants and I found it frustrating. I would go for zebra/nerite snails instead.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-11-2012, 05:25 PM
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Exactly! I've had to go for some of the "tougher" plants, anubis, java fern, swords. They don't seem to want java moss either.

Unless of course you get a cana. There are two subspecies of apple snails I've seen, diffusa (formerly called briigs), and cana. Canas... they will eat ANYTHING. I had one devour two entire java ferns over night. It pood worse than my diffusas, and he really smelled. Hadda return him.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-24-2012, 04:01 AM
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I have some anachris in my tank and I have only ever seen my mystery snail chomp on the not so green parts. I give him/her cucumber so maybe thats why?

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