04-19-2010, 06:04 PM
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To breed it successfully, (assuming it is indeed a rare reccessive gene for MTS) will take a lot of work.
We'll need a picture to identify it as an actual MTS- MTS give live birth, so you could have just introduced a pregnant MTS to the tank and it had offspring unrelated to the striped one.
(as an aside, the only striped snail I know of is the Nerite Snail- to breed nerite snails, you have to move the eggs -or maybe the adults before eggs are laid- to saltwater. Nerite snail eggs do not hatch in freshwater)
If it is some sort of rare striped MTS, you'll need to place it in a sterile container (no other snails, plants, or anything, make sure the container is cycled with decent filtration or frequent w/c's) and introduce a normal MTS. Allow them to breed- when you notice babies in the tank, remove the adult you introduced, leaving only the striped one and the babies. As early as you can do it without crushing the babies, remove all but one of them. Then let the striped snail mate with one of it's own children. (Sounds gross, but thats how it's done. Thats why black mollies are so hard to keep compared to normal mollies- generations of inbreeding.)
Continue the pattern, removing all but one baby and the striped one..
Keep an eye out for a baby with the striped coloration, even if it's not as obvious as the one you have now. Chose that baby to mate with your striped one. Evenually, after a few generations, you should be getting more and more coloring from the striped one going into the offspring. When you have two with "perfect" coloring,some their offspring should have the same "pure" striping.
It won't be easy, and will likely take a lot of time and work. If you finish and isolate the genetics, maybe they will name it after you. (assuming it really is MTS)
Do a search for striped Nerite Snail, then do a search for tracked nerite snail.
The process I explained is how they isolated the "tracked" pattern out of the striped pattern..