05-22-2011, 11:32 PM
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On the mystery snail part...
They are seperate sexes, and will mate happily often. The female can hold the male's sperm for up to 6 months and still produce fertile eggs during that period. Some females can even lay unfertile eggs whenever she feels like it, yet those wont result in babies. They tend to not reproduce very much in the winter, but comes spring and summer they show the meaning of "Spring is in the air". Great site for additional info on these guys: How to take care of apple snails: food, housing and breeding.
On the pond/bladder/pouch snail part...
Yes, the blanched lettuce seems to be the most popular way to rid them. (Tip I have heard: put lettuce in tank over night, and pick it up BEFORE turning the light on.) I have also heard of people crushing them with their hands, nets, all kinds of things. I have heard crazy stories of people killing them with salt, cooking them and eating them (more popular with nerites and mysteries/apples). I recently had a pouch snail hitch hike on one of my plants, havent seen him in a few days but I am sure in the coming months I will see plenty more and will have to result to the lettuce method or finally set up my empty 5g and hunt down a dwarf puffer through special order at an LFS to feed the access snails to.