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post #1 of 7 Old 06-14-2012, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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"Mystery" Snail Hatching

I have a male blue and female golden snail that have been very "active" together in recent weeks.
I now have 4 egg clutches just above the waterline, and I was wondering how to safely see them through their hatching. I was told to just keep it in a humid environment, but I just plan to keep them where they currently are in one of my fry tanks.

Would it be OK to leave them where they are? Or will my fry eat them all once hatched?
Would this be a humid enough environment for them? Or should I move them to something else?

A few eggs on the very outside and bottoms of the clutches are cracked, is this a sign of drying out too much?

My two snails getting... busy

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-15-2012, 01:05 AM
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All you have to do you increase humidity in your tank is to put a tight fitting glass top on it, as for fish fry eating the snails i think you would be fine unless you have some majorly large fry, I'm figuring mystery snail hatchlings as about 1/4 to 1/2mm round but use the eggs as a reference and compare to the little fishy mouths

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-15-2012, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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All you have to do you increase humidity in your tank is to put a tight fitting glass top on it, as for fish fry eating the snails i think you would be fine unless you have some majorly large fry, I'm figuring mystery snail hatchlings as about 1/4 to 1/2mm round but use the eggs as a reference and compare to the little fishy mouths
Well I have a mesh screened top (10G terrarium turned aquarium) so I saran wrapped above the eggs and left an open spot for the light. There are 16 one month old fry in the tank and are still very small, but I am worried they still may eat them once hatched :(
If I were to move the clutches, what would the safest method be? I have one of those small pet/fish carriers I'd like to put them in if need be.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-15-2012, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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I decided to move 2 into a self made "hatchery". Put some tank water in my little carrier, put a few small holes in a piece of Styrofoam cup and am floating them on it. Still put some saran wrap on it to help with humidity. We'll see how it goes :D
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-26-2012, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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So a clutch is in the process of hatching, I see a few baby snails crawling around already. I'm too lazy to make the so-called "snail jello", will they do fine on veggie wafers and maybe spinach leafs?
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 05:16 PM
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I fed my baby snails crushed up algae wafers. They ignored cucumber oddly enough. I've had them ignore everything that's not plain algae based. I recently added an older piece of decor that was green with algae.... they're eating and cleaning it for me. When they get a bit larger they should be able to make it on a diet of larger pieces algae wafer and blanched veggies.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-05-2012, 05:22 PM
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I just used crushed flake

and no your fry wouldn't have ate them. It would take a larger fish to eat them.
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