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Pilla ampullacea is one of the apple snail species that may still be imported into the EU and also distributed here. Only the genus Pomacea is affected by the ban. This possibly largest apple snail species in the hobby can reach up to 10 cm shell diameter. Their cone-shaped smooth right-wound shell is reddish brown to dark brown, sometimes with a fine spiral stripe. The genus Pila is easily recognized by its calcified operculum (the lid with which it closes its shell opening). In its native Southeast Asia, Pilla ampullacea is popularly eaten and is considered a delicacy.
The Asian apple snail is separately sexual. After mating, the females like to lay the white, chalky clutches well out of the water on plant stems, so it is recommended to cover the aquarium to prevent the snails from escaping unintentionally. Depending on the temperature, 15-20 young snails hatch from the clutches after a few weeks.
Pila ampullacea is a rather quiet snail, which nevertheless needs an aquarium set up for its needs. In particular, the large shells must not get stuck anywhere. The Asian apple snail eats live and dead plants, vegetables and green food, brown Foliage, special Snail food and carrion. A certain amount of frozen food is very beneficial to their health.
Such a large snail extracts quite a bit of lime from the water, so make sure there is a source of lime in the aquarium (ground cuttlebone, crushed eggshells or our Mineral Cubes) and don't neglect weekly water changes.
Aquariums from 54 l are suitable for a group of two to four Pila ampullacea - larger is of course always possible! The Asian apple snail likes to bury itself, so the substrate should be high enough.
Pila ampulacea breathes through a sipho, which it extends towards the water surface.
Keep Pila ampullacea best together with peaceful, not too curious fish, with shrimps or other peaceful snails. Fish that are too curious and tug at the sipho or antennae will disturb the snail so much that it will retract and possibly even starve to death in the shell.
Our food recommendation: With the Natureholic Snail Feed Power Paste you create a feeding lawn that is very well accepted by all growth eating snails. Even delicate wild-caught snails such as racing snails or staghorn snails, which are stressed after transport and do not accept conventional food, can be fed up well with it.
Our plant recommendation: Use for the planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.
Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.
Actively prevent outbreaks: With the invisible Natureholic Snail Barrier you prevent the escape and loss of your snails from the aquarium.
|Scientific name||Pila ampullacea|
|German name:||Asian apple snail|
|Difficulty level:||suitable for beginners|
|Coloration:||reddish brown to dark brown skin, sometimes with spiral stripe|
|Age expectancy||not known|
|Water parameters:||GH 6 to 30, KH from 5, pH from 7,5, temperature 24 to 28 °C|
|Tank size:||from 40 l|
|Food:||Snail feed, food scraps, algae cover and growth, algae plates, brown autumn leaves, vegetable chips|
|Reproduction||possible in the aquarium|
|Socialization||with shrimps, other peaceful snails, mussels, with peaceful fishes|
|Further information||Remove racing snail eggs in the aquarium, NatureHolic Booster - liquid food for shrimp, snails and mussels, Autumn leaves in the aquarium - treats for shrimp & co|
- Item no: 3195
- EAN No.: 7427061460988
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