Originally Posted by JennNP
Oh, and do any of you with plants in your tanks have Apple Snails? My snail was bought as an "Algae Eating Snail" but after some research I'm pretty sure he's an Apple Snail. According to a website I was reading some species of Apple Snails are voracious eaters who can destroy your tank in a matter of days.
To my inexperienced eye, I believe based on his shell, my Apple Snail is a type who will only eat live plants if there's nothing else to eat and prefers artificial food.
I'm just curious if anyone has had issues with Apple Snails? I woke up to my snail on my Java Fern, but he doesn't seem to be eating so hopefully he wont be the reason my plant doesn't make it!
You more than likely have a pomacea bridgesii/difffusa snail , aka Mystery Snail aka "apple snail" because ACTUAL apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata) are considered invasive and are illegal to sell interstate.
ACTUAL apple snails (canas) are indeed voracious plant eaters and would turn a planted tank into dinner in no time. Mystery snails, however, are scavengers and only eat *live* plants if no other food is provided. They prefer to feast on dead/dying plant matter, algae (they're better at this when they're younger), fallen fish food, fresh veggies (mine used to love spinach & romaine lettuce) and gross things they find in the substrate, which to answer you other question, just means whatever you have covering the bottom of your tank, ie gravel, marbles, sand, etc
They also poop a lot so get ready for regular gravel siphonings.