05-16-2007, 10:01 PM
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Now a warning--females will wander anywhere above the waterline and outside your tank to lay eggs. You're very lucky you didn't lose a snail. Even the males will explore. You need to cover any opening around the filter etc. with something. You can even use wadded up tin foil. I use plastic canvas mesh you can get at the craft store for needlepoint. It's flexible and easy to cut to a perfect fit, then just tape it down.
You definately need to move your clutch or it won't hatch. Eggs need to be kept at virtually 100% humidity and they won't get it outside your tank. After they've been laid and dry for about 24 hours they will wiggle right off. You can wet them a bit if you need to. If they feel squishy let them dry longer before moving them.
My best recommendation for you is to get a little tupperware container or something similar. Lay the eggs on some toothpicks (so the bottom doesn't stick) on a piece of styrofoam so it floats. Put a small amount of tank water in the container and float your styro piece on top. Put the whole shebang in your tank to keep it warm. Keep it covered but open it every day for fresh air. Depending on your temps, it can hatch as quickly as about 10 days but more frequently 2-3 weeks.
You could also gently wrap the eggs in a dry paper towel and then in a very wrung out damp paper towel (tank water) and put it in a ziplock bag. Seal most of the bag and blow it full of air before you fully close it. Then float this in the tank. You should see a small amount of condensation in the bag. Open it for air daily and reseal. After a week you'll want to check every day or so for hatching. Be careful pulling the paper towel off or you'll damage eggs. Once they start hatching you can gently drop them in the tank. The advantage to floating on styro is that they will hatch and crawl off the side into the water.
Again, you want high humidity but the eggs can't be wet.
If you need/want more info you can pm me.