Trumpets and Macros

Posted 2009.08.11 19.56 in Aquaria, Photography by Stephanie

I recently found yet another uninvited guest in my aquarium – a ‘trumpet’ snail. These guys burrow in the substrate so they spend a lot of time out of sight. The burrowing is good, as it churns up the gravel and helps prevent ‘dead spots’ from forming. On the down-side, some resources say they reproduce parthenogenetically, meaning an unfertilized female can reproduce all by herself. So they might have the potential to multiply out of control.

Trumpet Snail, front and back

Trumpet Snail, 1/2 inch long, front and back.

I’ve already got an out-of-control situation with the physas (tadpole snails) and the planorbids (ramshorns). Add to that the bithynias (faucet snails) and now this trumpet and I’ve pretty much run the gamut on ‘dang pest snails’.

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Counting the Eggs before They’re Laid

Posted 2009.08.11 13.36 in Aquaria by Stephanie

I think my big blue snail is loaded with eggs! The past two nights, after dark she has hauled herself up out of the water and has been searching around the top of the aquarium. In my limited experience, they just don’t do that for the heck of it – full size apple snails aren’t exactly graceful out of the water. I imagine for them, it’s like lugging around 300 or 400 pounds of scuba equipment – managable and easy underwater, but ungainly and massive in the air. So for her to climb straight up out of the water, and another 3 inches or so to the top, then search all around, she must have some serious business to attend to.

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