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Size: The size of the shell varies from 40-50 mm wide and 45-65 mm high
Operculum: The operculum is moderately thick and corneous. The structure is concentric with the nucleus near the center of the shell. The color of the operculum varies from light to dark brown. The operculum can be retracted in the aperture (shell opening).
Shell: The shell of this apple snails species has about 5 to 6 whorls. The most obvious characteristic of the shell are the square shoulders (flat at the top of the whorls) and almost 90°; sutures. The shell opening (aperture) is large and oval, the umbilicus is large and deep.
Bridgesii generally mature at approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter and are characterized by a breathing siphon, 2 sets of tentacles (1 located by the mouth and one near the eyes) and an operculum (trapdoor). They have both a lung and a gill. When the oxygen level in the water drops, you will see them go up to the water surface to inhale fresh air through their siphon.
Colors: some colors include---wild brown, gold, pink, albino,
red, chestnut, blue, jade and even shades of purple and burgundy with
or without stripes.
Sexing the Apple Snail: This is how to sex your Apple snail
Clutches(Eggs): Pale pink to reddish eggs are deposited above
the waterline and are closely attached to each other. Their size varies
from 2.20 to 3.5 mm (0.5 to 0.9 inch) diameter. An average egg-clutch
contains 200 to 600 eggs.
NOTE: You can control the snail population by removing the eggs since they will be in clutches above the water line.
Average life span: 2-3yrs.
Optimum water parameters: -Ph 7.8, Temp. 76F, dGH 8
Minimum tank size: The general rule of thumb for tank size is 2.5 gallons per snail
Tank Set-up: There arent any special requirements for the Apple snail as to whether they need plants or gravel etc., but it is always fun to watch the snails climb, hang and glide through the plant foliage or float upon the air bubbles created by air stones.
Warning!! It is important NOT to include any ornament or gravel
that might cut or scratch them!
Tank Mates: Any non-aggressive, non-snail eating fish that have the same water requirements as the Brigs should be compatible. I would not mix snails with: Angel Fish, Gold Fish, Swordtails, Puffers and most loaches. Even some Bettas do not take kindly to snails.
Food: Fish flake and tablets to feed bottom feeders are eaten
by the Apple Snail. Vegetables and fruits high in calcium promotes
a healthy shell.
Brigs are well suited for the planted aquariums. They will clean up dead plant foliage, but wont eat your healthy plants, unless there is no other food offered. Theyll also clean up left over fish food that the fish havent eaten. As young hatchlings, they do eat algae, but as they grow older, they prefer solid food, occasionally eating algae. They are great in fry tanks as they naturally produce Infusoria for the baby fishes first food..........
Special Note Most Fish Stores sell Apple/Mystery Snails.
This does not mean that they are of the P.Bridgessii species. Pomacea
canaliculata (Cana's) are also sold as Apple/Mystery Snails.
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