They are very hardy and can handle cold quite well, but they will die if the temperatures get much below 40 F in their box for several hours. They will also not travel well if the box gets much above 90 F for too many hours.
The red variety will breed true if you keep them separate from the other colors. They are amazingly bright colored and really add to a tank - much better than the brown variety. They've never eaten any of the plants that we keep. They lay their eggs in adhesive patches underwater, so they will generally multiply very rapidly if given enough food. They are fairly easy to control by simply putting in a piece of lettuce at night and then removing it in the morning. Most of the snails will attach to the lettuce. They are also readily eaten by clown loaches.
Apple Snail - Pomacea diffusa (formally P. bridgesii), these beautiful snails now come in several color varieties. We will be adding more color varieties in the future. The only plant we've seen them eat is duckweed - which they love. A really big one will grow to about 2" in diameter. They lay their eggs in a cluster just above the water line, so it's easy to control them. Just remove the clusters or keep the water to the top of the tank. Dark Striped Purple (DSP) have a dark foot with purple stripes. The Light Striped Purple (LSP) have a light foot with purple striped. The foot color affects the way the shell base color appears and the shade of the purple. There is a fair amount of variation among the adults. The ivory apple snail has a light foot in a white shell. Keep in mind that shell color changes was they grow. Large adults tend to have less bright colors and shells with more imperfections.
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