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post #1 of 15 Old 03-17-2014, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Otocinclus Eggs

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I've had my tank up and running for a couple years now. In that time frame, my cories have laid eggs on the sides of my tank tons of times. I noticed some eggs on the side of my tank and they are smaller and opaque white compared to the cory eggs. I was wondering if these could be oto eggs. I started feeding my otos boiled kale and they have been going nuts over it. Two weeks later I notice eggs on the sides of the tank near the bottom. I also have neon tetras and harlequin rasboras.

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-18-2014, 08:13 AM
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That sounds amazing... any chance you can get and post a photo for us?

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post #3 of 15 Old 03-18-2014, 08:37 AM
Are you sure you don't have snails in the aquarium? Harlequins lay eggs underside of plant leaves and Oto's would most likely lay them on top of leaves... but you never know...

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Are you sure you don't have snails in the aquarium? Harlequins lay eggs underside of plant leaves and Oto's would most likely lay them on top of leaves... but you never know...
Agreed. I know that different species lay in different ways and places and they look different too. But I couldn't even tell you what Crazyfish did. So we're hoping that a pic will help identify what you are seeing. Thanks Crazyfish!!

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-18-2014, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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I have a nerite snail in my tank. I had just brought a second home on Saturday, but he seems to have disappeared. I'm guessing he escaped and the cat played with him. The eggs showed up either Saturday or Sunday. Anyway, here's some pictures of the eggs.


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post #6 of 15 Old 03-19-2014, 08:42 AM
I can't say for sure but my bet is those are nerite snail eggs.

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Do a Google search of Nerite Snail eggs and click on Images.

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post #8 of 15 Old 03-19-2014, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Well, you guys appear to be right. The second nerite snail showed up again, and comparing those to pictures on the web it looks like I have a bunch of snail eggs. I was under the belief that these snails cannot lay viable eggs in fresh water. I hope this is the case because I don't want tons of snails in my tank.

Thanks for the tips, guys.
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post #9 of 15 Old 03-19-2014, 11:03 AM
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Actually these are not Pond snails which are the most common that come in on your plants etc and come by the hundreds. Is it possible you could raise and sell them to the LFS for some cash? I can't even get Nerites where I live. Maybe that is an option... give your LFS a call and see. Then see if they will actually hatch.

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post #10 of 15 Old 03-19-2014, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Seahorse, I know they are not pond snails. I am very careful when adding new plants to ensure no fast reproducing snails end up in my tank. As far as the nerites go, I bought both from the local PetSmart. I don't really have the time, space, or desire to breed snails. Plus I probably couldn't even break even selling them when they cost $2 at PetSmart.
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