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Old 05-16-2007, 12:47 PM   #11
 
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A fish store near me has got some golden apple snails in. Now I know there are 2 types of GAS: Pomacea canaliculata and Pomacea bridgesii. Pomacea bridgesii as far as I know are the ones that don't eat plants. I asked in the store if they would eat plants and the lady said no but when I asked which variety of snail it was she said she didn't know so I don't trust her assumption that they won't eat plants.

Are there any ways that I can tell for certain which variety the snail is by looking at it?

They are smaller than a golfball, so they could be any type according to the size.

I'd really like to get some as I know relatively little about snails, and I want to expand my knowledge onto things other than just fish, but I also don't want them to ruin all my plants.

Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:49 PM   #12
 
Bridgesii don't eat plants. Canas will strip your tank bare in a matter of hours.

Brigs have 90 degree angles on their shoulders and canas have less. You can see a diagram at http://applesnail.net. Click on species in the left column and scroll down. Great website for all kinds of snail info. Brigs also come in about 30 different color types, while canas are usually either yellow or wild type (brown).
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:57 PM   #13
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30 different colours? Cool! I have the blue...and the yellow and black are available locally, but I haven't seen any other colours...
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:01 PM   #14
 
I have dark striped purple, light striped purple, burgandy and golden. From those I can get any color at all. Love those snails! Most of the "pretty" colors you can only get by breeders.
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:29 PM   #15
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...cool!

Okay...since the snails aren't that familiar to me...do I have anything other than regular old blue?



That's my plakat eating algae wafers with them...
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:32 PM   #16
 
They all look the same to me :). If they breed you should get blues and ivories though.
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:48 PM   #17
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...if they breed? You mean like this?



...found this today...not sure what to do with it...
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:01 PM   #18
 
Congrats!

Now a warning--females will wander anywhere above the waterline and outside your tank to lay eggs. You're very lucky you didn't lose a snail. Even the males will explore. You need to cover any opening around the filter etc. with something. You can even use wadded up tin foil. I use plastic canvas mesh you can get at the craft store for needlepoint. It's flexible and easy to cut to a perfect fit, then just tape it down.

You definately need to move your clutch or it won't hatch. Eggs need to be kept at virtually 100% humidity and they won't get it outside your tank. After they've been laid and dry for about 24 hours they will wiggle right off. You can wet them a bit if you need to. If they feel squishy let them dry longer before moving them.

My best recommendation for you is to get a little tupperware container or something similar. Lay the eggs on some toothpicks (so the bottom doesn't stick) on a piece of styrofoam so it floats. Put a small amount of tank water in the container and float your styro piece on top. Put the whole shebang in your tank to keep it warm. Keep it covered but open it every day for fresh air. Depending on your temps, it can hatch as quickly as about 10 days but more frequently 2-3 weeks.

You could also gently wrap the eggs in a dry paper towel and then in a very wrung out damp paper towel (tank water) and put it in a ziplock bag. Seal most of the bag and blow it full of air before you fully close it. Then float this in the tank. You should see a small amount of condensation in the bag. Open it for air daily and reseal. After a week you'll want to check every day or so for hatching. Be careful pulling the paper towel off or you'll damage eggs. Once they start hatching you can gently drop them in the tank. The advantage to floating on styro is that they will hatch and crawl off the side into the water.

Again, you want high humidity but the eggs can't be wet.

If you need/want more info you can pm me.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:34 PM   #19
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Cool!

Thanks so much...I'll take them off tomorrow and do just what you suggested...

I'm pm you if I run into difficulties! :D
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:43 AM   #20
 
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Thanks for all the information!

If they start eating the plants then I can always move them into a different tank I suppose.

I was kind of hoping that they'd breed, then the babies could be puffer food, so it's useful for me that you had some babies Rue, and posted about them there. :D
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