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Aquarium Update #3: Alpha Betta Base

Posted 2009.11.12 7.16 in Aquaria by Stephanie

My betta fish named Alpha still has a 5.5 gallon aquarium all to himself. Well, himself and a colony of Bythinia tenticulata snails (aka faucet snails).

At first I thought the faucet snails were baby apple snails, as they are very, very similar in form. However, the B. tenticulata do not have labial tenticals, and their adult size is somewhere between a pea and a bb. They are sort of along the same line as ‘pest snails’ but unlike the accursed planorbids, faucet snails do not (in my experience) take over the aquarium like a swarm of locusts.

So, being that they are like micro-sized apple snails, I decided to keep some of these little guys, and put them in the Alpha Betta Base. They have been doing fine there, and are onto their second generation in fact.

Of course, the real star of the tank is Alpha the Betta. Betta snobs wouldn’t much like Alpha, he’s just a run-of-the-mill standard pet-store betta. His colour goes from darkest blue at his nose to a dark ‘royal’ blue at his tail. There are some undertones of red here and there.

Oddly, he’s a bit of a coward. Now and then I’ll hold a mirror next to the tank, and his immediate reaction is not to flare aggressively – it’s to run and hide behind a plant. 🙄

Alpha Betta Base

Faucet Snails

Posted 2009.07.16 11.14 in Aquaria by Stephanie

So my ‘snail babies’ are now confirmed to be nothing of the sort. 🙁

Here I was all happy and thinking I had some magical mystical miracle baby Pomacea diffusa (formerly known as P. bridgesii) snails but in reality they are (I am now quite certain) to be Bithynia tentaculata – the common faucet snail. Of course, I had my suspicions a few days ago but now it’s confirmed.

The clincher came when I started finding egg clutches in the isolation ward where I’ve been keeping them. Egg clutches of course means there is 0% chance of them being baby anythings, they must be mature adults. And the Bithynia evidence is that the clutches are in neat little rows, just like the Bithynia sp. lay.

On the other hand, they are cute, and they do look like miniature apple snails. I’m going to observe the eggs and see if the hatch, & how long it takes etc. and see what more I can learn about them. I’ve released most of the little slimers back into the aquarium at large, there’s just a couple in the breeder box now.