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post #11 of 22 Old 04-02-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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In my sorority, adding more girls hasn't been a problem. newbies might get a little scarced, or try bossing the others around, but everyone settles down in a week or two. i overstock a bit, and think if jts well planted you'd be fine with six or seven girls in a ten gallon. i also don't subscribe to the "remove everyone, rearrange, readd in order of aggression" theory. hasn't made a difference for me.

my girls, though, would NOT do well with shrimp. they absolutely DESTROY snails. there are so many big ramshorn shells laying empty around that tank, i know they'd destroy shrimp. However i have a very chill male who has five ghost shrimp buddies in his tank that he ignores.
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I have a divider in right now and Speckles looks less stressed, she was never very good in the sorority. Ruby is a complete bully and could easily kill the teeny little females they had at the LFS. They weren't even half her size. Maybe I could get a bigger snail like an apple snail?? I really want to try with some kind of invert so my tank has a bit more diversity. I really dont like the look of Ramshorns or Malaysian Trumpet snails.

If I have one apple snail on each side of the divider would that work?? And can they reproduce with themselves like some snails?? Or something like that.

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in respects to bekahs not rearranging thigns around with additions ive tried this and then nont done it. with the Africans I tried this with it didn't see to make a difference, there was still aggression to the new guy but he eventually settled into his own area. now when I moved stuff around it was a little bit more spread across everyone but there was still aggression. was their more or less with the move b4 a new guy? less towards the new guy when stuff was moved but then the whoel tank was chasing. when I didn't move the established territories the new guy was chased around but the others didn't chase too far from their crater. but the new guy eventually settled in after a few days.
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Apple snails reproduce sexually but females can hold sperm for months and still lay eggs.
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Apple snails reproduce sexually but females can hold sperm for months and still lay eggs.
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So the guppies of the invert world?? Thats going to be fun :/ How long does it take aple snails to get big?? I have little ones in my 25 gallon and they drive me absolutely INSANE. When do repriduce are little worm like things part of the stage when they grow up??

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post #15 of 22 Old 04-05-2013, 09:57 PM
I don't know a TON about apple snails, but from my research they seem to grow fairly fast in their first few months and then slow down as they reach adulthood. If you've got a lot of babies, try trading them in for fish store credit?

i haven't read anything about little worm things in any snail reproduction...though leeches sometimes like to attach themselves to snails, at least rabbit snails.
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So what the heck are the little wormy thing in my big tank if they're not snails larvae things.....oh crap...

Trading them in is a good idea, I could see if my LFS does that.

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post #17 of 22 Old 04-05-2013, 10:38 PM
could be nematodes of some kind!
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could be nematodes of some kind!
Will they hurt the fish and how hard are they to get out of a tank??

They scared the daylight out of me when i was picking out snails..

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I dont know a ton about random tank bugs, but i think in most cases, you're fine
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Well, time to obsessively research them, get convinced it will kill and fish I get, then calm down and realize the world wont end. Same process as usual.

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