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post #1 of 8 Old 01-24-2009, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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I have baby snails! A couple of questions...

Somewhere my snails laid eggs in my aquarium. They are mystery snails so I know that they would not be in the water. I have looked everywheres. I found 2 little baby snails on my glass tonight. I was so surprised since I couldn't find any egg clutches. It's been about 6 hours since I found those 2. I haven't seen anymore. How many snails are usually hatched at one time? How long apart? Is it normal for their to just be 2 baby snails?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-24-2009, 05:48 AM
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do you have live plants? most likely they came in on those. im willing to bet its a pond snail which means theres alot more then 2.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-24-2009, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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I do have live plants but I've had them for about a month. My apple snails have been mating like crazy for about 4 weeks. Almost daily! Sometimes more lol. Of course thats only when I catch them doing it. So I'm pretty sure that they are apple snails. One of the baby snail shells looks clear. He's so tiny but I can't see a shell. I can see the point to the shell but not the shell. I still only have 2 snails. I spent an hour earlier staring at the glass and searching the plants and gravel. I only have a bush of baby tears, a few strands of anachrais, and 2 banana plants so its not like theres too many plants for me to see.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-24-2009, 09:40 PM
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Do they look like the snails on my avatar? These hitched a ride on an amazon sword plant and double in numbers every two weeks i like them but i deff suck them out and removed their eggs when i see them. They also get in the filter which can be kind of irritating.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-24-2009, 10:21 PM
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Do you have pics of the baby snails? The hatch rate depends on temperature and humidity. The more humid and warm the conditions, the higher the hatch rate and the faster they hatch. I have canas laying plenty of egg clutches daily and the clutches yield 90% and above hatch rate all the time. As for diffusas, I also yielded over 90% hatch rate. The shortest hatch rate on record is 8 days with one egg clutch from canas and one egg clutch from diffusas.

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-22-2009, 12:56 AM
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Mystery snails lay eggs above the water surface, so look at the aquarium walls and even lid. There will be more babies, it depends on the clutch size and the conditions. I had more than 20 in the very first litter. They are nice but your tank has to be large enough to accommodate such a numerous family. I gave mine out to friends and pet shops. But a lot of them still live in three of my tanks. My fourth tank has recently become snail-free due to some mysterious accident.

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-26-2009, 07:42 PM
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get a green spotted puffer, he would eat the crap outta those things.

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-03-2009, 02:37 PM
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It would be a little excessive to set up a 40g+ brackish aquarium just for one fish in order to get rid of two snails, I think.

Apple snail egg clutches are impossible to miss. Even after hatching, the clutches remain above the waterline, so if you don't see any I would guess that your tiny snails are pond snail hitchhikers that came in on your plants.

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