Pomacea bridgesii

Common Names: Apple Snail
Mystery Snail
Spike-Topped Apple Snail
Salinity: Freshwater
Distribution: amazon river basin
Care: A minimum of 2.5 gallons for 1 snail is suggested. A good rule of thumb is 5 gallons per adult snail as they do produce a fair amount of waste. The top of the tank must be well covered so the snail does not escape. Leave 2-4 inches between the waterline and the cover so the snail may surface to breathe. Alkaline pH is preferred so between 7 and 8.4 is good. This species is not hermaphroditic like other snails so they will most likely not over-populate your tank. Eggs can be easily removed since they are laid above the waterline. More sensitive to an uncycled tank than fish. Do not use medications that contain copper because this will kill the apple snail.
Feeding: Will eat fish flakes, algae tablets and some algae off of the sides of the tank and plants. Does not eat fresh plants.
21°C - 29°C
70°F - 84°F
Potential Size: Male: 6cm (2.4")
Female: 6cm (2.4")
Comments: Great for planted aquaria since the snail prefers dead, rotting plant matter over fresh plants. Comes in a wide variety of colors including black, gold, blue and ivory. Extends a siphon above the waterline to breathe. Males possess a penis sheath located underneath the shell and above the head.
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