I cannot for the life of me keep Golden Apple Snails!
I house them in a 60 litre BiOrb heated to 20 degrees. I regularly put in cucumber which they scoff readily and they hoover up the excess food that the two fish that they share the tank with don't eat.
But after a few days in my tank they invariably die!
I have bought snails from two different sources but the same thing happens every time.
I will not now buy any more Apple Snails until I know they are going to live long and happy lives!
Your first problem is your temperature. Apple snails, all species, need temperatures in excess of 32c. They are tropical inhabitants. Any temp around 20c is lethal for these snails and on average they only last about 4 days. Secondly they need high calcium content in the water or their shells will break down. Thirdly you need at least 4inches of space above the water surface so that the snails can leave the water so your Biorb is completely the wrong environment for your snails. To be honest biorbs are not really suitable to keep anything in really as the surface area is too small to allow the exchange process gthat allows toxic gasses to be expelled and oxygen to be soaked up.
There's a Jennybugs on quite a few other forums including PFK - maybe that's where you saw her post? It would be easy to confuse fishkeeping.co.uk and practicalfishkeeping.co.uk. (I'm not a member anywhere else but she comes up on a lot of forums if you Google her user name )
Ah well I have to bow out there as I know absolutely nothing about snails. But I've heard nothing good about Biorbs
woodruffsdad wrote: Surely if BiOrbs did not provide a humane home for aquatic creatures, they would have been named by an animal welfare organisation (RSPCA?) and taken off the market?
Sadly there are no laws regarding fish welfare and manufacturers are happy to supply products without too much consideration for their inhabitants if they feel the style or apparent ease of set up will appeal to the public.
On the question of whether a tank/bowl is suitable for inhabitants, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of tanks and other items on the market that are not suitable for fishkeeping of any sort. It is not up to the shops or manufacturers to do the right thing and only supply items that are adequate, it is up to us the customer to research first and if we get it wrong we could be unwittingly breaking the law, namely the Animal Welfare Act 2006 that now covers fish and other aquatic creatures. The only way theses tanks/bowls will leave the market is when people stop buying them and no other way.