Item description " REMOVING THIS LAYER CAN CAUSE SNAIL TO GET SICK AND DIE. But if you want to get rid of a bug problem, having this snail around isn’t so bad. Japanese Trapdoor Snail Size: In general, Japanese Trapdoor Snail size is related to the age of the snail. A pond isn’t complete without adding algae eating pond snails. Copyright © 2007 - 2020 Dragonfly Aquatics, LLC. Japanese Trapdoor Snails may also like to eat a variety of fresh vegetables. Members of the Ampullariidae family are often called "apple snails," and include members of the genera Pomacea and Marisa. Respiration: Snails of the Ampullariidae family have both gills and a lung. Japanese Trapdoor Snails should be stuck on hard surfaces or moving across the tank bottom. Close. See all. item 1 10 LIVE JAPANESE TRAPDOOR SNAILS FOR WATER GARDEN,POND,AQUARIUM 1 - 10 LIVE JAPANESE TRAPDOOR SNAILS FOR WATER GARDEN,POND,AQUARIUM. I got a dozen adult trapdoor snails on 4/7/10. The Black Japanese Trapdoor Snails (Viviparis malleatus) are the preferred snail species for pond owners and water gardeners. As with other purchases, be sure to check with the store clerk if there are any questions regarding compatibility. ). Make sure you have A LOT of algae and keep the water temp mostly below 76 to 78 degrees, ... Good to know about the temperature, thank you so much! Japanese Algae Eating Shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp and Ghost Shrimp are also a good fit. Water Conditions Japanese Trapdoor Snails are one of a few snail varieties that can over-winter well 7 survive in harsher northern climates. Because Japanese Trapdoor Snails are docile and peaceful, they should be kept in tanks that are free from predators that can harm or kill them. It's been like 3 months now though and the babies are still really small while the parents are about 3" long. Avoid snails that appear upside down, motionless in the tank, or floating near the surface. Lighting: Regular community tank lighting will suffice. Dead snails should be removed from the tank as soon as possible as they can decompose very quickly and cause water quality issues, like smelly cloudy water and Ammonia spikes. Shell Color & Texture: A Japanese Trapdoor Snail shell color range can include varying shades of black, dark green, or olive green, as well as varying shades of dark brown, reddish brown and light brown. Aquarium pH: 7.0 to 7.6, with suggestions a wider range is acceptable They don't like to be bullied by big fish. To keep your pond algae in control along with plant coverage a snail will keep eating the algae on the sides of your pond, on the rocks, sides of plant containers and even on plants. The Best Snail for Algae Control in Freshwater Aquarium: Japanese Trapdoor Snail – The single snail’s scientific name about which I am 100% confident!Trapdoors are big (1-2 inch, usually about 1.25″) snails formed like a swirly ball. Our site uses cookies. Japanese Trapdoor Pond Snails (Cipangopaludina Japonica): A freshwater live bearing variety of snail that can over-winter and survive in the harsher northern climates. It is not necessary to float snails as you do fish. Mystery snails are the most comfortable when the water temperature lies between 65 degrees F and 82 degrees F. Japanese Trapdoor Snail Care. Lifespan & Growth Rate: Under the best conditions, and with a little bit of luck, Japanese Trapdoor Snails can live for about 1 to 5 years, and maybe a bit more. When you receive your snails they will appear dead as they get scared in shipping and will pull into their shells but after adapting them to your water a few hours later they will disappear in your pond. We do everything we can to insure the snails leave healthily and arrive healthy. Dead Snails: Its also not uncommon for Japanese Trapdoor Snails to lay motionless on the tank bottom for long periods of time. Species (Snail), Water Type (Fresh), Difficulty Level (Beginner), Water Temperature (50 F to 80 F) Description. Hardier than the Average Snail. In addition to supplements and fresh vegetables, Japanese Trapdoor Snails are very interested in eating soft algae from hard surfaces, especially at night. But while they will help keep a tank clean by eating leftovers, their diets should include food specifically for them. Also avoid snails that come from display tanks with visibly sick or dead tank mates, as this can be an indication of unhealthy conditions. Mystery snails have a more rounded shell shape and fewer whorls (3-4) which are smaller and more compressed together. They can lay still with the operculum sealed shut, or slightly open with a parts of their bodies exposed. Their two eyes and tentacles should be present, and their operculum should be visible above their foot, near their backside. Snail expert Matt Reinbold gives us the breakdown: “Japanese trapdoor” is a name used in the aquarium hobby only, for what are likely Japanese mystery snails … Japanese Trapdoor Snails are very active in low light settings. Being able to thrive in water temperatures below 40-degrees to 85-degrees+ Fahrenheit, and are especially great at controlling the algae growth in ponds, and home aquariums! The older the snail, the larger it should be, all things equal. What Are Good Japanese Trapdoor Snail Tank Mates? Your email address will not be published. Japanese Trapdoor Snails seem to be very interested in fish flakes, bottom feeder tablets, pellets, and other foods rich in Calcium. – Water type: Soft to hard. Free shipping. These can be indications that the snail is sick, dying or dead. About 3 months ago I want to a pond near my house and picked up a few huge water snails for in my fish tank. Experimenting with blanched spinach, zucchini and lettuce may be a good start. Does A Japanese Trapdoor Snail Eat Live Plants? The Black Japanese Trapdoor Snail (Viviparis maleatus) is a great pond cleaner and it is a livebearing snail. He'd spent his whole life in a large, indoor pond that rests at "store-temperature" shared by 5 to 10 healthy Koi and had been doing great. This way, they do not have to turn over to start moving about the tank. Finally, Japanese Trapdoor Snails are live bearers, so they don’t lay hard eggs on surfaces like Nerite Snails do. Japanese Snails Eating Live Plants: Many hobbyists like to keep Japanese Trapdoor Snails in tanks with lots of live aquarium plants. Offer the snails fresh vegetables one at a time, in small amounts, and observe what happens. Picture. But either way, make sure the tank is well sufficiently filtered, properly oxygenated, and has the ability to supply enough naturally occurring soft algae for them to eat in between feedings. Mystery snails are tropical snails, so the optimal temperature should be between 20 to 28°C (68 to 82.40°F). JAPANESE TRAPDOOR SNAILS (Viviparis malleatus) Trapdoor snails are one of Dragonfly Aquatics biggest sellers. A pound of golden shiners may … These snails can survive cold winters and temperatures below 0 degrees. Hungry snails often graze across filter intakes in search of food. Japanese Trapdoor Snails can be kept in tanks with clear quick moving water, or tanks on the murkier side. This will not promote algae in your pond and the algae will disappear fromthem after being in the pond if your pond is mostly algae free. The Chinese mystery snail, black snail, or trapdoor snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis), is a large freshwater snail with gills and an operculum, an aquatic gastropod mollusk in the family Viviparidae.The Japanese variety of this species is black and usually a dark green, moss-like alga covers the shell. Temperature range: 68° - 85° F (20° - 29° C) Water type: Soft to medium hard Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Other types of snails (Nerite snails, Mystery Snails, Sulawesi Snails, etc. - All Rights Reserved. They use a siphon, much like a snorkel, which the snail can extend out to the water surface allowing the snail to breathe while submerg… Japanese Trapdoor Pond Snail: We can ship pond snails right along with your plant order. The trapdoor snails are black in color and range from 1” to 3” in size. Though little, Japanese Trapdoor Snails can handle temperatures down to 0°F. There have been reports of shells getting considerably dissolved due to acidification. Lives in freshwater rivers and lakes. Like most snails, this species is extremely low-maintenance and won’t require any special attention. A pond isn’t complete without adding algae eating pond snails. Although Japanese trapdoor snails are not escape artists like some other snails are, its best to keep the tank covered. Though hardy, sudden shifts in water parameters can stress the snails and cause them harm. Japanese Trapdoor Snails can be very active in low light settings as well as at night, so be sure to have the tank set up with plenty of places for them to explore. Diet & Feeding: One of the benefits of keeping Japanese Trapdoor Snails is that they are great little scavengers and algae eaters. ... Water Temperature. Japanese Trapdoor Snails are very tranquil, non-aggressive soft algae eaters. But there are a few things to keep in mind. So when keeping these snails, its a good idea to keep filter intakes covered with a course sponge filter for safety. This snail has a reputation of being a very tranquil, non-aggressive soft algae eater. They can tolerate a wide temperature range of 68 – 85 °F, but they will hibernate if the temperatures are above 86 °F or lower than 50 °F. The Japanese mystery snail in Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, survives in conditions where surface water temperatures may reach 30ºC, bottom water temperatures can reach 16–24ºC, water is 4 m deep or less, there is high turbidity, the substrate is mud, and aquatic vegetation is sparse (Wolfert and Hiltunen 1968). The Japanese Trapdoor Snail originates in Japan but most sold in the US are now raised on farms in the US. Japanese Trapdoor Snails may be marketed as Chinese Mystery Snails or simply as Trapdoor Snails. When buying Japanese Trapdoor Snails look for specimens appearing healthy and active in the display tank. 8 3 38. If the snail is still alive, gently return it to the tank, aperture side down, and keep an eye on it. Plants with thick durable and hardy leaves, like Anubias, will be less likely to be eaten than those of the more delicate varieties. They prefer slow moving to stagnant water and can survive a variety of water chemistries. What About Japanese Trapdoor Snail Breeding In Aquariums? In many ways, this is a similar snail to the Apple snail… Black Japanese Trapdoor Snail, Chinese Vivipara, Chinese Apple Snail, Asian Apple Snail. How Big Does A Japanese Trapdoor Snail Get? If you would like to have your snails shipped FedEx air overnight you can call us on 1-877-488-2973 to place your order with the additional cost for shipping. Other factors related to size can be the snail’s diet and the levels of Calcium in the tank. Unlike other snails that use a snail's version of a snorkel to get air from outside the pond, Japanese Trapdoor Snails get oxygen from the water using their gills. Live arrival is 100% guaranteed and the animals will be shipped safely. Japanese Trapdoor Snails are a great asset in helping keep algae under control in your pond and water garden as they groom plants, planting-pots, and water … Native to: Myanmar, Thailand, southern Vietnam, China, the Koreas, the Amur region of Russia, Japan, the Philippines, and Java. Shells should appear free from cracks, holes, excessive pitting, or other visible damage, as this can be an indication the snail has been living in less than ideal water conditions for quite some time. What Is A Good Japanese Trapdoor Snail Tank Size? Overall they are less expensive than adding algaecides weekly. The optimum aquarium temperature for Horned Nerite Snails is around 70°F – 80°F Horned Nerite Snails require pH between about 6.5 and 8. And be sure to check any plant fertilizers used to ensure they are shrimp and snail safe. Possible reasons for sudden death can include stress associated with being transported from the store, the shift in water parameters between the display tank and the home tank, or simply the snail itself. The Japanese Trapdoor Snail (Cipangopaludina japonica) is a fully aquatic freshwater snail. One of the more interesting freshwater snails to keep are Japanese Trapdoor Snails. After a couple of seasons you will have plenty of snails. They have a distinctive “door” called an operculum which they use to completely close their shell when threatened. Tank Size & Habitat: A Japanese Trapdoor Snail can be kept in small tanks like a 10 gallon aquarium, or larger sizes. Add Fish Gently – It’s Key To The Process. Required fields are marked *. More often than not, hobbyists will find what the snail likes after a couple of tries. After another 10 minutes or so, the water temperatures should feel more like the match to the touch. Shell colors can be solid or have different colors within the range, and its not uncommon for shells to have large areas of white on the spire close to the apex. They are live bearing and will multiply. Many snails have an operculum, but the trapdoor snails does a good job of covering the vulnerable fleshy body as it retracts in it's shell. Japanese Trapdoor Snails are native to East Asia, from the tropics of Indochina to northern China. You can select 2nd day FedEx air for an additional 28.00. All 3 have a door that shuts if the snail is disturbed. Japanese Trapdoor Snails are one of the few snail varieties that can over-winter well and survive in harsher northern climates. The trapdoor snails are black in color and range from 1” to 3” in size. How Long Does A Japanese Trapdoor Snail Live? Finally, its not uncommon for a Japanese Trapdoor Snail to have some algae growth on its shell. Planted tanks are never “too clean”, and there is always a constant source of dead plant matter for snails to eat. Adult trapdoor snails and babies 8 adult trapdoor snails Got some beautiful new Japanese trapdoor snails with bonus purple mystery. It is normal for these snails to sometimes have algae attached to their shells as they have no way of cleaning themselves. In many cases, the snails are unable to wiggle their way free. 64 to 84 °F (12.8-28.9 °C) Its also common for Japanese Trapdoor Snails to die soon after being introduced to their new home. This listing is for fifty 50 live assorted size age freshwater black japanese trapdoor snails ranging from 3/4 inch to 2 inches golf ball size. Questions regarding Japanese Trapdoor Snails usually involve: What To Look For When Buying A Japanese Trapdoor Snail In Stores. For optimum growth, they need a temperature of 18 to 25 C (~66 – 78 F), a pH of 7.0 – 8.0. The snails have been known to handle temperatures as low as 0 °F. 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