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    I bought 4 pcs of apple snails(is it called ramshorn snail?) 2 months ago. The adults are all dead now but they gave me 80+ baby apples!!

    Anyone shares the same experience??
    Last edited by kross; 22nd Jul 2005 at 10:08 AM. Reason: got the wrong name
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    Hi kross,
    did your snails lay eggs above the water line? The embryos of appple snails need air and would not survive in water, so they lay their eggs on places above the water line where the humidity is high.
    Ramshorn snails are not the same than apple snails. Ramshorn snails are smaller, more flat and they are truely aquatic snails. Their scientific name is Planorbis corneus and they are native to parts of Europe for example. They are pretty easy to breed and there are even different color morphs here in Europe e.g. wild colored (brown), red, blue and albino red.

    These are for example blue ramshorn snails of Ramona Osche /Germany (copyright by her):



    And this is a golden apple snail:



    Which snails do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert
    Hi kross,
    did your snails lay eggs above the water line? The embryos need air and would not survive in water, so they lay their eggs on places above the water line where the humidity is high.
    Ramshorn snails are not the same than apple snails. Ramshorn snails are smaller, more flat and are truely aquatic snails. Their scientific name is Planorbis corneus and they are native to parts of Europe for example. They are pretty easy to breed and there are even different color morphs here in Europe e.g. wild colored (brown), red, blue and albino red.

    These are for example blue ramshorn snails of Ramona Osche /Germany (copyright by her):



    And this is a golden apple snail:



    Which snails do you have?

    best regards

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    HI Robert,

    Thanks for the photos. I guess they are ramshorn not apple!
    Their color is similar to the apple snail you posted only more glossy.
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    Eh....is this called Ramshorn??

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    Hi kross,
    yes that's a ramshorn snail. It looks really nice but I don't know exactly if it is the red color morph or the albino. I would say it is the albino because of the rather colourless shell (so the peristracum (= organic, protein, dyes etc. containing layer) on the shell is colorless). The foot appears yellow, orange or red depending on the amount of hemoglobin (red oxygen-transport dye) which isn't bound to cells but freely solved in their open blood system.

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    That looks more like an albino than the red ones I have. The red ones have a much more colorful flesh part, IME.

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    Wow beautiful snail there So are apple snails as easy to breed as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter
    Wow beautiful snail there So are apple snails as easy to breed as well?
    I don't think apple snail will be as easy as ramshorn.
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    Hi,
    apple snails are not hard to breed. But you have to provide them the right conditions. So the main factor is enough food, many apple snails are starved to death. They really need a lot of food and they won't be happy with just some rests. Feed them well with cucumber or other soft plants (the love Echindorus if there is no other suitable food), flakes etc. .

    Then you should keep at least 2, better more. Apple snails lay their eggs above the watersurface in humid air. It should not be too wet but also not too dry. A normal hood for your tank should be enough (if you have only a light set which stands on the rim, use another way to cover at least 80% of the tank to keep the humidity).

    If they lay their eggs and the humidity is right, you will get lots of baby snails soon. The time varies, so I can't tell you for sure how much it takes. Normally about hundred or so will hatch. These bably snails need lots of food and not all of them grow with the same speed. It would be good to select the ones which grow faster. There will be enough snails for sure, so don't worry. With enough food they should reach a size of about 1cm in 3 months, maybe more. This would be the right time to find a new home for them.

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    I breed apple snails (the ones which don't eat live plants, species Pomacea bridgesii) and they really are rather easy to breed and grow. You just need a male and a female (or a female that has already mated with a male, the females can store sperm for months). And to raise the babies you need hard enough water and pH above 7, enough water changes (they don't like high ammonia/nitrites/nitrates) and enough food and you can raise them to 2,5 centimetres in about 3 months (the biggest ones of my latest batch grew to about that size in a bit under 7 weeks and I think that's a record no-one else has beaten).

    Here's some of my babies:


    (Oh, and sorry about being quiet for so long. I have been on vacation. But I will soon answer the PM:s I have gotten.)

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