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post #11 of 13 Old 07-15-2008, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah,I now have about 15 which came from 1. My convicts dont eat the babys, but my male really harasses the adult.I dont have a snail in the oscar tank cuz that would just be a $3 snack. So I put the adult in with the mom and fry.I like the fact that she thinks its just a rock cuz it moves sooooo slow.Rather than having one of my plecos in there getting torn up.I have seen her pushing it around with some of the gravel to stir up some munchies for the fry.All of the new baby snails that I find now are being sent out the window into my outside water trough. The snails in the water trough are getting much bigger than the babys in my convict tank.I think its because of the algae in there.

80 Gallon--One 12" Albino Tiger Oscar(Whitey),One 11" Common Tiger Oscar (MC-THE OSCAR),One 5" Male Convict(TURNBUCKLE),Three 4" Male Convicts(STATE,MR.DESTRUCTO,ADREI),One 13" Pleco(RILO)

20 Gallon--One 4" Female Convict (Sparky),One 2" Female Convict(WRIGLEY),One 6" Pleco(BEAVIS)

10 Gallon--One 4" Female Convict(COUNTY),One 5" Albino Pleco(SUCKER),One 1" Female Convict(PHEEBE)
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-02-2009, 12:04 PM
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I just got 55 trapdoor snails to help control algae. All were 1" to 2" in size. A few days later we started noticing snails about 1/4" in size. Today we pin head sized snails. I have read various information on the trapdoor snail but little of it speaks with much detail or authority.
I would like to get more specifics about the life cycle of the trapdoor snail. I know it is a live breeder and gilled. I have read that it tend to only have a limited number of young in its life time. Can anyone direct me to sites that have specific information on the trapdoor snail?
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post #13 of 13 Old 06-03-2009, 02:32 AM
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Can anyone direct me to sites that have specific information on the trapdoor snail?
Unfortunately, you will not see many sites that offer everything you want to know. I had to compile this for another forum where I moderate.

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Scientific Name: Cipangopaludina chinensis; Bellamya chinensis; Viviparus malleatus
Common Names: Chinese Mystery Snail, Chinese Vivipara, Tanisha, Rice Snail, Chinese Apple Snail, Asian Apple Snail
Care Level: easy
Adult Size: 2.5 inches
pH Range: 7.0-8.0
Temperature Range: (F/C) 59-71 degrees Fahrenheit (15-22 degrees Celsius)
Origin/Habitat: Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and everywhere else as exotic.
Temperament/Behavior: peaceful
Compatible Tank mates:
Like all other snails, these are best kept with fish that will not bother them too much. Plecos, guppies, corydoras, rasboras, tetras and most other placid fish will work well.

In the wild, these eat mainly algae, phytoplanktons, zooplanktons, and organic and organic matter. They will however appreciate commercial foods in captivity but not as much as the planktonic substances as these are very slow to become accustomed to different diet preferring algae over anything else.
Tank Size For Adult: 1 per 2.5g
Lifespan: 2-3 years
Cipangopaludina chinensis is found mainly in Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and everywhere else as exotic species since they have been introduced worldwide as food for human consumption and even intentionally released from the aquarium particularly in North America. They were not observed to have any negative impact to the ecosystem although they pose a threat to the human health by serving as vectors/hosts of most parasites such as Aspidogaster conchicola which is the first ever recorded in North America.

These are the true "mystery" snails, not the Ampullaridae. They have dark olive green shells and are livebearers that will give birth to several young snails. There are 6-7 whorls, all of which are globose.

Locally in the Philippines, they are called "bagunggong" and are used as food by the local folks. They are far tastier than the introduced species, Pomacea canaliculata. They are not as commonly available in the trade as the true apple snails despite the fact they have already been distributed globally particularly in North America where they are not a native of.

These snails are suitable for planted tank setups as these will not devour healthy plants mainly focusing on algae making them another species that are quite efficient in consuming algae. These snails are very shy and more often than not, they are very slow crawlers and will quickly withdraw into their shells when they feel threatened. They will also withdraw into their shells when conditions are unfavorable especially when the temperature soars above 71 degrees Fahrenheit as these are basically coldwater species.

They have been widely displaced in the Philippines since the introduction of the aggressive feeders Pomacea canaliculata. They are now seldom found around the rice paddies, rivers and other waterways and remain isolated until now from much of the human activities.

The taxonomy of this species has been branched around creating too much mess and confusion in the literature therefore you will find that this species has other synonymous scientific names such as Bellamya chinensis, Viviparus chinensis, Viviparus japonicus, Viviparus malleatus and many more.

Fact Sheet for Cipangopaludina chinensis (Reeve, 1863)
Chinese and Japanese mysterysnail species page

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