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Old 06-15-2014, 07:59 PM   #11
 
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Moss is still there, but tank is cleaner

My small catfish baby tank is looking cleaner and I didn't do anything. The snail is small, but seems to be doing its job. The 4 Cory baby catfish are looking great, and I spotted 2 or 3 new babies swimming around. Can't see very well in the back of tank, and these small ones need a magnifying glass to spot, but I can see the ones in front.

These are now one month old, and some little guys that look like miniature tadpoles that are a few days old. Fun to see; they are adorable and so unexpected. Compared to Molly babies, these little ones are extremely tiny, so have to feed them baby bites, and Hikari First Bites. And whatever particles of moss are in the tank -- which they like to eat.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:16 AM   #12
 
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Smile Nerite baby snails are disappearing

So it appears that the baby snails seem to be disappearing; there is nothing but moss to hide in, however the catfish are big enough now to eat them. So should I take out the moss with the new eggs in it and move all to a tank by themselves? I could use a few more snails, don't want to buy any more, want to keep these and have them hatch and grow?

Will the Ramshorn snails reproduce in my brackish tanks? They also seem happy and move around a LOT!
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:40 AM   #13
 
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Question Found snails & question on Ramshorn snails

My baby Nerite snails seem to disappear from time to time, even in that small tank because of the moss and such on the floor. Today the sunlight streamed into the tank and I found them, and they hadn't been eaten by the baby catfish. They are growing, and easier to see in the sunlight.

The baby catfish are big enough to move, but this tank condition is good for them, so they will stay. Also besides the original 4, now there are 4-5 more that I can see, much smaller but active. So as time goes on, there are additional Cory babies. I don't bother to count, they move around a lot during the day, to my surprise. I am now feeding them some mini pellets made for cats, along with the rest. Cory parents in the community tank are doing well, perhaps I will put them all together when the babies grow a little more. Hope the snails grow and clean up, too.

About those Ramshorn snails: will a single one in a tank reproduce or will it need another one for this? Each has male/female parts so I am not sure why I need two together, but anyway what about this -- these are much larger and really do a great job with the cleaning. If I need another, how does one pick the "gender" out? Do they place eggs above the water line?

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Old 06-22-2014, 04:31 PM   #14
 
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About those Ramshorn snails: will a single one in a tank reproduce or will it need another one for this? Each has male/female parts so I am not sure why I need two together, but anyway what about this -- these are much larger and really do a great job with the cleaning. If I need another, how does one pick the "gender" out? Do they place eggs above the water line?
They can clone themselves. So yes, it could reproduce even by itself. I had one alone for more than two years and it never did until I got more....all the same, that doesn't mean they wont, they do not need a partner to do it. lol I'm thinking mine NOT reproducing was more rare than a fish cloning itself. ^_~
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:08 PM   #15
 
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Ramshorn snails are hermaphrodites - the contain both male and female parts. They reproduce sexually (as opposed to cloning); any two can reproduce. One will not reproduce on it's own though - you need 2.
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:38 PM   #16
 
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I think it's rare that there is ever just one ramshorn (even if you think there's just one), and your experience sylver would support that they cannot clone. But, that doesn't mean that they can't, I suppose. Just seems odd that no one ever mentions them being cloners, and that yours wouldn't have reproduced in all the time it was by itself.
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Old 06-27-2014, 08:23 AM   #17
 
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The snail I purchased was called a "Blue" snail

I was at Petco buying some filters and decided to buy a couple of snails -- and they just called them Blue snails. They are softly blue or grey, have a Ramshorn shape to their shells, and are much larger than the Nerite snails. They grow like wildfire, as I am watching them double in size in separate tanks. Now they were only together while I was bringing them home, say an hour or two (also they could have bred in the store tanks). Then into separate tanks to clean up. Could they have bred in that short time? Was that enough to create some new babies? Anyone have any idea, and do they lay eggs above the water or have live births? (really dumb about these snails -- I know the Nerites lay eggs... actually saw them in their blobs). I checked the pictures on snails and saw that the Ramshorn snails look most like the ones I bought. Not Mystery snails, or elongated, kinda spindly snails, etc. Forgot to check on breeding...

Oh, and the 4 baby cats are getting much larger, and some new tiny ones (how many?) are growing, too. My Corys seem to lay eggs every four or five days now, so when I see them I move the eggs out to the other tank. Not too many actually hatch, but that's fine, I just wanted a few to go along with my 4 adults.

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Old 06-28-2014, 07:19 AM   #18
 
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If it's ramshorn shaped, it's probably a ramshorn.

And no, I don't know of any snails that give live birth. I'm sure some may be out there, but not those. They do, however, often lay eggs on the shells of other snails. If not on a window, they're fairly hard to find and they can lay them anywhere.


They DO come in blue, among other colors. And they can get bigger than nerites. So long as you don't have a Giant Colombian Ramshorn, you should be good. Though they may breed a lot. I mean A LOT. >>; The Giant Colombian Ramshorn Snail is illegal in many states and a few countries because they are invasive and destructive(unlike normal ramshorns, they will destroy plant life and are voracious eaters), so post a photo to make sure he's not one of them. =) I'm not sure the giants even come in that color though.

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.6080...395013&pid=1.7 <-----adult Giant ramshorn.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6236/6...0af086e039.jpg <---Adult normal/common ramshorn. They are bigger than nerites as adults, although some nerites can be pretty good sized themselves. lol All my ranshorns very quickly outgrew all my tigers and two zebras though.

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Old 06-28-2014, 09:25 AM   #19
 
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Mine looks like Ramshorn snails -- regular or giant?

I have two of these Ramshorns, both growing like crazy, in separate tanks. I will keep them that way, so the only way they can reproduce is if they were bred in the store tank, or when I brought them home for a few hours. They move pretty fast, too.

The only question I have is, how do you tell the normal ones apart from the Giant Ramshorns? I have some Hornwort and some Philodendrons in there but nothing exotic to eat. They match the shape, and the color when using a flash, the smaller one is about the size you have in your less expansive pix, and my larger one is half again as big -- they are still in the "normal" range, so I hope that is what they are.

I don't need to put in a pix, look just like yours. If one turns out to be a Giant one, what is the problem with those? Being being voracious, do they actually kill any fish? I have one in my baby tank... I guess the bioload is also heavy with them, too. Petco is the store I bought them from, they should know where they came from and if they are Giants.
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:48 PM   #20
 
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I dunno if they'll eat fish. They will destroy plants though unlike their smaller cousins. They breed a lot, and if they get loose can really screw up the ecosystem.

Telling them apart? No idea until bigger. I've never seen one in person because they're illegal here. I did do a little research on them when some dolt told me ALL were illegal here and tried to mess with me, and cool as they are, not good in the wild of a location they are not native to. They'll eat what they can get a hold of, but mostly will destroy plants. Probably eggs of other small critters and snails that are native too. Like most snails, they'll eat fish if they're dead or dying.
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