Melania-a snail, who is she? The conditions of detention of snails
Melania can be found in every second aquarium, but these people are so used that special attention, such people do not afford to attract. As noted by experts, the breeding of snails of this genus is not engaged in one. However, Melania snail-cares little about it, she perfectly inhabits the aquariums and to change something in the environment is not going to. To protect your aquarium from such a living entity is practically impossible. Yes, and this makes no sense, they are beautiful as a living drainage in the aquarium environment, and the harm from these snails does not exist at all. Aquarium snails Melania differently called sandy.
The main habitat of the snail Melania
The mollusk is found almost throughout Africa, Asia and Australia, but the geographical distribution of these snails is not limited. As a rule, Melania-the snail settles in the normal reservoir at a depth of 1 meter, but there are also such cases when the settlement of these snails was at a depth of 3-4 meters. These creatures make a soft bed, composed of sand, silt and clay sediments. In such environment you can find a huge settlement. Plantations with an increased dose of the feed, you can easily detect about 35 thousand clams.
Powered Melania snail-mostly low algae, organic matter, which is half destroyed. In short, these snails can be called detritus feeders. Food for them is not difficult, as due to the fact that the soil is sufficiently loose, they move around the bottom of the pond and dived deep into his column.
Melania breathe using gills, so they just need dissolved oxygen in the water. And reproduction requires special attention, it is in the process of live birth.
Species of snails melanoma
The books on the aquarium says that there is only one type of melanoma is Melanoides tuberculata. However, this view is incorrect, as the correct genus is characterized by two types, namely Melanoides granifera and Melanoides riqueti. Snails are the first species inhabit small rivers and streams of Malaysia and the snails of the second kind found in Singapore's fresh waters.
In addition to these types, known and Melania snail-Melanoides turricula, but at the moment, scientists have come to the conclusion that it's just a subspecies of Melanoides tuberculata.
Despite their diversity, all of Melania have a conical shell. Clam can easily close the mouth of the shell calcareous lid. It is this cover helps to preserve the microclimate necessary for mollusk, and a favorable outcome under the influence of harmful environmental factors. But it should be noted that Melania is very tenacious and can withstand quite high temperatures and greater salinity.
Characteristics of Melanoides tuberculata
Aquarium owners are still more familiar with Melanoides tuberculata. Melania snails in the aquarium settled for a long time. As they get inside, still for many it remains a mystery. The main version is the transference of data with creatures imported from other countries, plants and animals. To stop such relocation is almost impossible, since only what is born of the cochlea are so small that they're difficult to see even under a magnifying glass.
In its structure the shell of the snail is extended, it reaches a length of 35 mm and a width of 7 mm. the Characteristic color of the snail is grey, mixed with various shades of olive, green and brown.
Special contrast different curls at the mouth of the spiral, they are more rich color. Here you can see bright purple touches for each individual clam. Those snails are rarely on the surface, often they live in the soil.
The difference from Melanoides tuberculata Melanoides granifera
Melanoides granifera is another kind of beautiful aquatic creatures. Generally, these snails are different from their relatives more appeal. Their color consists of brown and gray tones that makes them stand out well against other snails.
Snails of this species like a warmer environment capricious in the choice of the ground for habitat, but can live without it. Most often this species occurs in sand, as due to the quite large diameter of the shell in the other soil snails hard enough to move. These snails are not fearful and enough time to spend on the surface, they can often be seen on stones and driftwood. Also these snails are particularly slow, and is expressed in reproduction, and movement, and even in adaptation.