Genera : Pomacea bridgesii
Family : Ampullariidae
Geographic Origin : native to central/south America but introduced to
Common Names : Apple Snail, Golden Mystery Snail, Brazilian Apple Snail
Compatibility : Community ? only with peaceful inhabitants.
No aggressive fish, eg: Cichlids, Goldfish.
No Loaches, Pufferfish or other snail-eating fish.
Minimum Aquarium Size : 2 gallons per adult
Temperature : 18o-28oC
Habitat : Prefers lentic waters to turbulent. A coverglass is a necessity as
snails can survive for a long time out of water and escape from
Air space above water levels essential for egglaying as eggs are laid
out of water, otherwise babies will drown. Mainly active at night.
Water Parameters : pH 7.5-8.5, zero ammonia, nitrite. Freshwater. No salt.
No trace metals especially copper.
Health : The addition of calcium, and carbonate salts may be needed for
shell development and health in some soft water areas.
Diet : Shrimp, flake foods, algae tablets, fresh fruits, spinach, cucumber,
courgette (cooked), green beans (cooked), broccoli (cooked), most
soft green vegetables. Will devour most vegetation.
Plants : P.bridgesii will not eat plants
Availability : Common colours readily available from aquatics shops,
rarer colours available from private breeders.
© FBAS AN/RCM Aquarium Management Care Sheet No 11 2/2