Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pomecea Canaliculata

Cana snails grow quite large, so I would suggest a tank with a minimum capacity of 5 gallons.  They are a dangerously invasive species that may not be kept in some states, you need to refer to your states invasive species list.  for the same reason they may not be bought or traded across state lines.

Cana will eat almost every kind of plant, and so cannot be kept in a planted tank.  The only exception I have found so far are moss balls. It has been reported that they will not eat pond weed (Elodea canadensis)

Canas are sometimes called "true apple snails".  Many species are referred to fairly interchangeably as apple snails of mystery snails, but if you want a snail that will actually grow to the size of an apple--choose a cana.

Female laying eggs
Snails are male and female, and females lay eggs in large masses above the water line. The eggs hatch after 2-4 weeks and the snails drop into the water.

Snails hatching