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There are quite a few different tower lid slugs. Common to all is a rather pointed, elongated housing with 8 to 15 turns. They are about 3 inches tall.
Turret snails breathe through gills, but also get on land for a short time. This is because they warp into their housing and make the lid. They loosen up the soil and "dispose of" food leftovers there. If tower-worm snails are increasingly found in the pond, this is a sure sign that the biological balance is disturbed. The water quality is bad.
Most rooftop snails are kept in aquariums. The Raubturmdeckelschnecke eats other snails.
- Turret snails eat dead plant remains, but also leftovers, dead fish, fish dung, fish spawn etc.
- At the same time, they loosen up the pond bottom.
- In healthy plants, the snails almost never attack.
- They are nocturnal, light-shy animals. If you see them during the day, there are usually many, there is overpopulation.
- They are gill-breathing, they do not have to show up to breathe.
- Turret augers indicate poor water quality in the pond. They then stop at the surface and gasp. Then it is the highest railroad to test the water quality and take countermeasures so that the whole pond does not tip over.
- Tower lid slugs like warm water. Ideal are temperatures of 18 to 32 ˚C. They do not survive the winter in the pond. Even at temperatures below 10 ˚C they die. But they can easily be wintered in the aquarium.
- These snails are sensitive to nitrite.
- The pH should be between 5.8 and 8.6.
- Propagation is usually carried out separately, but today mainly by cloning of females (parthenogenesis = virgin production), since there are hardly any males.
- The offspring are identical to the dam. They are all females.
- During the cloning, unfertilized eggs in the gross pocket are removed from the neck.
- The animals are viviparous, do not lay eggs.
- So can be born 1 to 3 pups per week.
- Too much fodder causes a mass increase.
- If you want to avoid that, just reduce the amount of food. Do not feed. This also gets fish quite well.
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- The tower lid snail is often introduced with aquatic plants. For small ponds mass propagation can be problematic.
- By autumn at the latest, the problem will resolve itself. As soon as the temperatures drop, the snail snails say goodbye - unless they are collected from the pond and wintered in the house. This is usually not a problem. The attitude is simple, even in small vessels.