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Pomacea Bridgesii – Golden Apple Snail

Common names: Golden Apple Snail, Gold Apple Snail

Scientific name: Pomacea Bridgesii

Average Adult Size: 2inches / 5cm

Place of origin: South America

Typical tank setup: Lots of plants and wood for grazing and providing cover.

Recommended min. aquarium capacity: 5 imperial gallons / 20 litres

Compatibility: Community snail, but could be seen as food by large fish

Temp: 68 – 82 Deg F / 20 – 27 Deg C

Water chemistry: ph 7-8

Feeding:  Pomacea Bridgesii is a grazer and will graze on algae growing naturally in the aquarium. They also on occasion feed on aquarium plants.

Sexing: These snails are impossible to sex as both sexes look identical even as adults.

Breeding: Breeding these snails is relatively easy given a good supply of food and maintaining water quality. The only challenge being the inability to sex individuals so buying a small group together should do the trick.

Additional Information: The Gold Apple Snail is perhaps not as readily available as some of the other snail species available in the hobby; however, this is still an attractive variety with a golden shell and a slightly different shell design. Like all snails care should be taken not to overfeed the aquarium as this can lead to a dramatic rise in their population thus becoming a pest and a nightmare. A small population however, is actually great for the aquarium as they graze on excess algae.