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post #21 of 28 Old 11-28-2008, 10:39 AM
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its an impressive snail regardless
these are the right ones
Impressive is right! That is the largest snail I've ever seen.

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post #22 of 28 Old 11-28-2008, 11:06 AM
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Impressive is right! That is the largest snail I've ever seen.
Oh, I've seen a bigger one in real life ! It was in the ocean and I was wading and saw a huge shell on top of a rock. But...it turned out that the snail WAS the rock!! Just the shell was bigger than my fist and when it's body was out it was about 3 times as large!! It was really neat and I made sure to put it back exactly where I found it so as to not disturb it.

Personally, I LOVE bettas, but I am in no way offended that you don't feel the same. Hey, to each is own .

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post #23 of 28 Old 11-28-2008, 05:01 PM
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Hmmm..The side view does make it appear like a ramshorn rather than an apple snail. Sorry about that. From the looks of the pic, I'd say it is a Pomacea insularum.

By the way, you'll probably be lucky enough to find the European nerites which apparently can breed in FW. Someone in planetinverts.com has them. I got myself the Clithon corona. Not exactly a FW breeder. A bit disappointing but who cares since I like them. It's no biggie.

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post #24 of 28 Old 11-28-2008, 05:25 PM
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Heck, the edit button just disappeared quickly. Wanted to point out it could also be Pomacea canaliculata. Both species are really confused but the sutures would tell you better.

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post #25 of 28 Old 11-29-2008, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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the applesnail site i posted in a previous,er post shows how to tell by the shell but thats not really possible to do with snails in pictures and i dont think that a shop will alow you to handle the stock they should really start selling by the sc.name
im sort of taken by the frogs but the more i look at the various snail species the more i would like to try them perhaps in another tank im sure nerites are not plant eaters, as there regularly sold for planted tanks if i had the room to set up another tank i would have to give some of the big snails a go...just for the wow factor
it while be a while now before i can make any decision as buying stuff for my sisters new baby has cleared my bank account out

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post #26 of 28 Old 11-29-2008, 10:17 PM
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There are actually dozens of species of nerites. No, they are not plant eaters at all. They however need to be supplemented a constant supply of algae. I culture my own algae for the nerites and these are competing with the BN plecos for food. They also ate some of my BBA and then diatoms in corners. Nerites are the most efficient algae eaters I've had so far. A 5g should accommodate at least 6 nerites.

My canas are reaching baseball size. One female seems to have problems laying her eggs possibly due to high humidity in my tank.lol The other female has a perfect shell. Very thick and smooth probably because she keeps shovelling the calcium pills and snail jello.lol

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post #27 of 28 Old 11-30-2008, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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i have porcupine nerites in with my puffers i think there the same species as the striped ones just all black the puffers ignore them completely and they do well but they do have a habit of smothering everthing in white eggs i was thinking of one of the other species of nerites for my newly re-furinshed 29g which contains a lot of plants and perhaps as a compainion for my shrimp in there 20g

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post #28 of 28 Old 11-30-2008, 07:00 PM
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They're still classified as Clithon corona. It's their spines that discourage the puffers and anything else from eating them.lol Yes, they do lay those eggs which are so unfortunately, not viable.:(

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