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1  Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery / Re: Invert Photos on: January 22, 2009, 07:24:39 PM
She has two clutches waiting, John. She just has trouble coping with the demand as many members there kept ordering her snails. Heck, her order of 30 nerites lasted only two days.
2  Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery / Re: Invert Photos on: January 19, 2009, 07:56:41 PM
where can i get about a dozen assassin snails???....i need some
I don't have these snails yet. You can find in, a lot of well-known snail hobbyists like msjinkzd, Arakkis and Sounguru have them though in vast numbers. :nod
3  Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery / Re: Invert Photos on: January 18, 2009, 11:04:20 PM
Here are some new set of pics.

LSP (peppermint)


Glow-in-the-dark? :smilieolol5 Chestnut I think. I can't remember which snail got into

DSP with plaster of Paris at the back.

Another one on the rock.

Five forming a circle or a star?lol

DSP was floating or stuck on the slime trail so I didn't pass the chance to get a pic!

Left: gold, DSP, two LSP
Back: gold and wild (dark striped green)

Broken eggshell on the bed. Two wilds and two DSP on scene.

Babies on the hatchery. They are eating the plaster of Paris in wee bits from time to time.

DSP having a fun time clinging on a lotus.

Gold on his usual lounge.

All wild colors and a jade in a separate tank.

Another tank full of golds. Their color is dominant so I had to separate them as I don't want any more

Nom nom nom...

Little cana on his favorite chair. Ignore the pink eggs. They were mauled over by the babies that they fell to the tank. I have four clutches waiting. :rofl

Smallest must have hatched sometime last week or was it two weeks ago? The other three were last month.

Spire angle.


Finger sucker. Nom nom nom...

Smaller female about to lay eggs I think.

4  Freshwater Invertebrates, Amphibians and Reptiles / Invertebrates / Apple Snail Care? on: January 02, 2009, 02:45:03 AM
Hey Blue,
Do you think I should let the snails populate in my 10 gallon and then move them over when they are bigger? You clearly have a better idea of how to work with the snails than I do. I'm just learning. They are beautiful and I would like to see them in all of my tanks. I do worry that I don't have enough algae to keep them happy though. The 100 gallon is just very algae free and I have no idea why. I wish it would get some to keep the snails and plecos a little happier. I haven't tried celery yet, so I might try that next.
Actually, these apple snails do not require algae but they do take in the soft green algae I culture for my nerites more than anything else. I feed them veggies such as cucumbers, snail jello, fish foods and calcium pills in addition. Calcium pills aren't necessary if your water is hard and alkaline but I do add Tums or Caltrate for healthy shell growth. Calcium enriched veggies such as collards are widely encouraged. I use the Caltrate (with Vitamin D added) only if Tums is unavailable as I don't want to risk them consuming too much Vitamin D which is an oil soluble vitamin that if not ingested can accummulate in the snail's body and become highly toxic. Other things you can provide for the snails are plaster of Paris pucks and cuttlefish bone. Be careful as the cuttlefish bones tend to rot. The plaster of Paris pucks have food in it and the snails gnaw on plaster for calcium. Feeder blocks are like that and provide excellent calcium source.

You can put the egg clutches in a box with a damp paper towel. Keep the eggs warm and humid. The warmer and more humid, the faster the eggs hatch. Usually, it takes 3-5 weeks for the eggs to hatch. Beyond five weeks, the eggs must be destroyed as they're likely to be infertile. My fastest hatch rate was only 8 days with my canas though as the temp of the bucket they are in was kept at 27 degrees Celsius. The babies will eat their way out of the eggs and go into the water. With diffusas, the eggs turn from peachy to white with blue spots (that's their snavels). Cana eggs turn from pink to white. You can also help the babies out by cracking the eggs carefully although it isn't necessary. Babies are usually kept in breeder boxes which I will do soon so I can monitor them better and make sure they are getting enough foods to eat. They can then be transferred in tanks once they reach pea size.

As far as tankmates, be careful. Most fish nip their eyes and antennaes which the snails can regenerate but it's not worth subjecting them to continuous harassments which can kill them quickly. Keep the tanks enclosed as some snails especially when they spawn do try to come out as they look for surfaces to put their eggs on. They tend to suffer severe shell damage when they hit the floor.
5  Members Lounge / Member's Lounge / Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! on: January 02, 2009, 02:34:15 AM
Happy New Year, everyone! :grouphug
6  Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery / Fish Photos on: January 01, 2009, 03:23:39 AM
Just an idea of some of what I have. :nod Some are old pics from a few months ago.

Arulius barbs and tiger barbs. They may have spawned in my river tank already.

Yasuhikotakia modesta

Pic of the doubletail before his tail got torn by a powerhead. The tail is healing nicely though.

Hillstream loach which I no longer have due to temperature issues. I had several of these.

Golden severum which is now 6-7 inches. His wife has no pics in my Photobucket account so I'll need to take one of her

Clown loach

Yoyo loach

Rineloricaria parva...The color was faded as the pic was taken on its arrival last year.
7  Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery / Re: Invert Photos on: January 01, 2009, 03:18:14 AM
I am expecting about 5-6 new tanks this month to accommodate the snails by the way. :nod I just have too many for my current tanks to handle.
8  Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery / Invert Photos on: January 01, 2009, 03:15:52 AM
Thought I'd post some pics of my Pomacea diffusa. :snaileydance

Here are a bunch eating snail jello. Excuse the water spots. With seven tanks, I don't want to waste time trying to clean everything

A blue P. diffusa that died three weeks ago. His shell is currently on my shelf as a memory.



The color was a little faded but the snail now has a lovely burgundy color. She was eating a celery I

One snail at the left with a very unusual color.

Here are their babies. :nod

Dark purple...not sure yet if these have stripes.

Wild green type.



Clithon corona..not the bumblebee morph. They eat every algae effectively except BGA which is plainly cyanobacteria.

Pomacea canaliculata..I have three adults at 2.5 inches shell diameter and over 70 babies. I had a massive dieoff of hatchlings following my vacation two weeks ago.

Here's the largest cana. She laid about 7 clutches so far.

Some of her babies.

Two others doing the snorno (copulation).lol

Pink cana eggs hatching.
9  Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery / Re: Obsidian's 100 Gallon on: January 01, 2009, 03:02:05 AM
Hi Obsidian,

Do you plan to out the snails in your 100g? Your fish aren't that compatible with them except the cories and
10  Share The Wealth / Links To Internet Resources Recommended by AU / Snails on: December 09, 2008, 09:53:21 PM
Apple Snails - By Blue on December 22, 2008

Blue's new snail site which is under construction.
11  Announcements and Improvement Suggestions / Site Announcements / Terms of Agreement on: December 04, 2008, 10:15:06 PM
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