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post #1 of 7 Old 03-14-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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i have been looking for saltwater snails that i can acclimate to freshwater and what the best way to do this is. fresh water snails are illigal in my state so acclimating a freshwater snail is the only way i will be able to have them. if you know of any, or have successfully done it before. please guide me in the right direction.

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-14-2012, 07:49 PM
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I am not certain, but I suspect this is not possible. You might try posting this question in the appropriate section of the saltwater forum, as one of the experienced marine aquarists might know.

I wouldn't think the small tropical freshwater snails like Malaysian Livebearing could survive the freezing winters in Maine, but... maybe.

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post #3 of 7 Old 03-14-2012, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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I am not certain, but I suspect this is not possible. You might try posting this question in the appropriate section of the saltwater forum, as one of the experienced marine aquarists might know.

I wouldn't think the small tropical freshwater snails like Malaysian Livebearing could survive the freezing winters in Maine, but... maybe.

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no, they can't...not unless they can take being frozen over by about 4 inches of thick ice...but hey.....why allow them here :( sorry...i have been extremely frustrated with the state wildlife and fisheries here. i mean short of taking the snails we already have and putting them into my tank (i really don't want to do that_, i don't think i will be able to have snails i can't acclimate them. i did read somewhere that nitrite snails can be acclimated. but i don't know how much truth there is to this.

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-14-2012, 11:05 PM
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If you mean nerite snails, they are freshwater snails,I have two in my tank. Thats crazy that a state would ban something like that.
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-14-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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If you mean nerite snails, they are freshwater snails,I have two in my tank. Thats crazy that a state would ban something like that.
no freshwater snails or shrimp allowed. yes i do mean nertrie snails. i have that i can't have them but they sell them as salt water snails (those are allowed...go figure) and i was wondering if the ones that are currently in salt water can be moved to freshwater. i know they can't breed in freshwater and that is just gravy in my book.

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post #6 of 7 Old 03-14-2012, 11:41 PM
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Go figure, Dont get me started on the people making laws in this country, they should all be sent out to sea on a leaky boat. lol Well as long as were talking about the same snails you should be able to acclimate them to freshwater, I actually did not know they were saltwater snails.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-15-2012, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Go figure, Dont get me started on the people making laws in this country, they should all be sent out to sea on a leaky boat. lol Well as long as were talking about the same snails you should be able to acclimate them to freshwater, I actually did not know they were saltwater snails.
from my understanding, this snail can be found in all types of water. fresh, salt, and brackish. so i am not sure as to what the process would be to bring it to freshwater if it is currently in salt. i have this posted in both the fresh and salt water sections. hoping that someone has an answer for me as i would LOVE to have snails. i so badly need a clean up crew. it is just so much easier with snails. plus the perk of these is that the eggs would make a great snack for my corys, and they can't hatch. lol. so no over population problems.

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