Name: Pomacea canaliculata
Origin: Southeast Brazil to Argentina
Pomacea canaliculata, or Gold variant apple snails, closely resemble their cousins the Pomacea bridgesi. The best way to tell the difference is in the shape of the shell spiral. Bridgesi have a pointed spiral that extends out from the shell, whereas Canaliculata's spiral is almost flat with the side of the shell. There are other differences but the spiral is the most obvious. There is however another VERY critical difference. Bridgesi do not eat plants typically, whereas Canaliculata are voracious leaf eaters. Mistaking the two species could have a devastasting effect on a planted tank. I have owned a pair of these beauties for almost a year now. They are amazingly active and fast moving creatures. I have tried several hardy species of plants in with them, including Hornwort, Java Moss, Elodea and Anubias, and all have been consumed in short order. They grew from dime sized when I got them, to currently between golf ball and tennis ball sized. People can't conceive of a responsive snail, but mine are. They will both come to the top and take algae tabs directly from my fingers. They are fairly clumsy though, and the tabs usually drop. The female has grown at a faster rate than the male. These days the female carries the male almost everywhere she goes. Although they shared the same tank for most of the year, they did not mate until around a month ago and now they haven't stopped since then. Approximately every three days, I am greeted with a cluster of pink eggs stuck to the underside of the hood lid. The eggs are moved to a moist sponge in a nearby bowl and spread out to hatch. They take around three weeks to hatch and we have just had our first successful few hatchlings emerge.
I have 6 snails in my 280 litre aquarium, which contains 2 oscars and a large plecostomus. I find the snails very decorative in my aquarium and the added bonus is that they keep the glass and the interior decorations clean! I suggest that owners of aquariums get a hold of a couple of these snails! Just look out for loaches, since they tend to find them very appetitizing!
I had one of these guys until recently. They are gorgeous, however they are hearty eaters. They will eat just about anything, including plants, right down to the gravel. I had a beautifully planted tank, and when I got home that night, everything was gone! They get very large, the size of a tennis ball, or larger. I gave it to my friend, who has no live plants, and it's doing great!
These are awesome little guys! But they love to eat plants down to nothing. I had one in my 40 liter and in a matter of days my well planted tank was no more. They really look cool though, when their foot climbs the glass. Do not put them with crayfish...my crayfish happily ate my poor snail!
Well I have 2 in a 450 liter community tank, and though the LFS worker said they are slow and boring, mine are anything but. They do go through still periods, but they also glide pretty quickly from one end of the 2 meter long tank to the other. And they know when algae or other sinking wafers are dropped, let me tell you! Kinda fun, when they are on the glass just under the surface you can kinda feed them by hand: gently set food down on them, back off, and watch them suck it down. Mine love Hikari algae wafers as well as their other variety (with the cory in the picture) sinking wafers, crickets (drowned that my African Butterfly fish didn't get), and mealworms.
I have my apple snail in my 200 liter with many aggressive fish, they tend to pick on his shell until it chips away. He does a great job cleaning the tank and looks awesome anytime he is out of his shell. I recommend one or two for every community or semi-aggresive tank because of their role in the biological cycle as well as their unique looks.