Species group: Freshwater Invertebrates
Other common names: Golden Apple Snail; Spiketop Applesnail; Mystery Snail; Spike-topped Apple Snail
Scientific name: Pomacea bridgesii
The Apple Snail is native to slow-moving waterways in the Amazon River system in Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru. They have also been introduced to other locations such as Southeast Asia, Hawaii and Florida.The Apple Snail is the most commonly found freshwater snail.
Apple snails are good for community tanks because they feed on decaying plant matter and algae which helps keep the tank clean. The only downside is they will eat live plants too.
The Apple Snail is available in a variety of colors including yellow, brown, and blue. They have a rounded shell and are one of the larger freshwater aquarium snails getting up to 3 inches full grown, they are usually sold as juveniles between half an inch and one inch.
Apple snails are very peaceful and don't pose a threat to any tank inhabitants, except for plants which they will devour. They tend to be the target of aggressive fish which nip at their eyes and proboscis. Good tank mates include community fish like tetras, Cory cats, and live bearers.
Full grown apple snails need at least 5 gallons each. They are sensitive to water conditions and temperatures. Good filtration and water changes are a must and monitoring the temperature to make sure it doesn't go over 80 degrees is important.
75 - 80 °F
nonplanted tank, brightly coloured snails, algae buildup, diligent cleaners
planted tank, bioload, crazy breeding problem, lid, snail spawn, invasive species
massive eater, Mystery snails, mustardy yellow colour, aquarium medications, closeable shell door
Your own moving boulder
Apple snails are a great pet. If you own a fish tank and want some added fun, grab one of these guys. Or if you just want to get a standalone pet that doesn't require a ton of attention then these are perfect. Kids love the way they travel around their tank, taking little treks from one side to the other. And they do funny things too. They like to push smaller rocks around their tank, they like to climb to the top of things and jump off, slowly floating back down to the bottom of their tank and then climbing back up. They're easy to take care of, and they are a delight to watch. I strongly recommend these snails as pets..
From Benjamin Jackson Dec 12 2016 9:10PM