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Mirta 04-21-2007 11:10 AM

25 teenage applesnails

I have a question about applesnails. We bought only one in winter. And that one produced a large number of babies. Above the water level - there appeared strange clusters of eggs and after some time the tank was invaded by tiny snails. I have read that there should be a male and a female for reproduction of this snail. This one did the job on its own. Maybe it was fertilized when we got him.

How many snails could be kept in a 40gal tank? They are growing fast. The tank looks clean and we do not have a lot of fishes in it. We put some snails into our other tank, but don't know what to do next. They may also want to have babies in the future. I have talked to our pet shop to take some snails when they grow up. How many should I keep?

Age of Aquariums 04-21-2007 12:24 PM

I kept 50 in my 55g and they all did fine - I also had 100 ghost shrimp, 10 neon tetras, 5 zebra danios, and 15 lyretail guppies. all where fine.

Mirta 04-21-2007 01:46 PM

Thank you for your help! Then none of them will go to the pet shop!

Age of Aquariums 04-22-2007 06:01 AM

Remember though, just cuz it worked in my doesn't mean it will work for everyone so if the ammonia or nitrates and nitrites go up real bad then you might need to get rid of them.[info][/info]

Trishfish 04-22-2007 08:11 PM

"Technically" you need to allow 2 1/2 gallons of water per adult snail. What kind of apples do you have? I'm referring to the pomecea bridgesii or mystery snail. They grow to the size of a golf ball. However, if you have filtration above and beyond tank needs and do frequent water changes you can get away with many more.

As for the eggs, these snails can store sperm for many months. Aren't the babies cute? Gotta love em. has a wonderful discussion board with lots of info on all kinds of snails.

Mirta 04-25-2007 01:49 PM

Thank you age and Trishfish!

What are those ammonia and nitrates? Do they appear in an overcrowded tank? Is it waste? The water in our tank is very clean. Our tiger barbs are keeping their snouts down, and Blue is suggesting that this could be nitrite poisoning :shock: Cherry barbs seem to be OK...

The babies are really cure! They made us so happy! And I suspected that sperm can be stored. I really am not an expert in apples' breeds. But mine do not look like they would grow the size of a golf ball. Much smaller, bright yellow, very active. Barbs sometimes pinch the mother snail.

Thank you for the snail site too!

Mirta 04-25-2007 02:43 PM

This snail site is great! I know now I have pomacea bridgesii. It means they will grow very large. But I have also found out that they clean the tank very well. Thanks a lot!

Trishfish 04-25-2007 05:20 PM

I'm glad you like the site. Please read up on tank cycling though. Snails are very sensitive to detectable levels of ammonia and nitrite, which are invisible. Clean looking water isn't always clean enough. There's a sticky on this topic in the setting up a freshwater aquarium section.

Test your water as recommended and it sounds like you need to do a water change right away if Blue is suggesting a problem with your barbs.

Mirta 04-27-2007 08:53 AM

Thank you for the advice. I will read the info and buy the test kit to check the water. I have changed the water partially and the barbs are OK now. I assumed that regular water change prevents such problems but now I know better. Thank again! :D

Falina 04-27-2007 10:32 AM

Mirta you're right to do regular partial water changes but this is not a fool-proof way of making sure. You need to test regularly as well as amonnia etc can appear for a number of reasons, not just lack of water changes.

You said you know better now, so a happy aquarium from here on :)

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