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oh boy. unexpected babies. Now what?
Old 03-17-2011, 08:33 AM   #11
 
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Why don't you just get a hawk to watch them for you?

Check this out--

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Old 03-17-2011, 10:49 AM   #12
 
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You can always get Assassin snails in another tank and drop the other snails in there for them to eat. They are less mess then getting puffers or other fish to pollute the water of your tank. I'm sure that Assassin snails will eat Mystery snails in a group but I can be wrong. They eat MTS,Ramshorn,pond snails and most all other snails except their own kind and are really slow to reproduce because you need a male and female to make egg pods. The pods take awhile to hatch and when hatched they go underground for several months before coming out so you can see them and they are very pretty. If you ever read up about them on-line they are really interesting snails. It's easy to rehome them as most people want them for snail control.

I posted a picture of one.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:01 PM   #13
 
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Wow. And there's a flickr group for apple snails? Who'd have thought it?
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You can always get Assassin snails in another tank and drop the other snails in there for them to eat.
Thanks for the suggestion, but we don't have those assassin snails here. I know from Inga's thread about ridding her of the ramshorns that dwarf chain loaches also eat snails, but the price here is $30 a fish, so they haven't made it to my "what to buy right now" list.

You know, it sounds awful and "snailist" but I wouldn't want to kill my baby apple snails, but I kill my ramshorns without batting an eyelid.

As long as there are just the couple I've seen, and not the hundreds that I'd read about, I'll just let them get big enough then sell them to the aquarium shop.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:13 PM   #14
 
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The snails that get alot of food will over populate your tanks. If you do not overfeed and maybe go every other day and feed or skip 1 day a week you should not have a problem with to many snails. I feed 1X a day and skip a day on Wednesday.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:13 PM   #15
 
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Yes, thanks eileen. I know I overfeed in my platy tank. The platies go after the cories' algae wafers so I tend to overdo it a bit because I'm worried the cories won't get their share. There's also always carrot in the two big tanks for the apple snails so the ramshorns can always chomp on that. There is an abundance of food available for them.....
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:48 PM   #16
 
what do the eggs look like
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:35 PM   #17
 
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It's like a tiny yellow dot in a clear bubble. Like a seed bead. They will lay them on rocks or strong plants or wood. You can google assassin snail eggs. I could not copy the picture because of copyright.They only lay one egg pod at a time. I see a bunch in my tanks. I gave 13 adult assassin snails to a friend that had a outbreak of Ramshorn snails and MTS snails and only kept 4 now I have about 7 adults and alot of egg pods so I must have a male and female. You need both for them to breed. I bought a magnifying glass at Staples and you can see them better and some have hatched as the yellow egg pod is gone inside the clear bubble.A local fish store in my area sells them for 6 for $12 or 12 for $20.

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:48 PM   #18
 
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Here is a web-site with the assassin snail egg pods:

http://www.houstonfishbox.com/vforum...ssin-Snail-Egg
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:06 PM   #19
 
so apple snails wont breed with out another snail?
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:44 AM   #20
 
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so apple snails wont breed with out another snail?
No. They're sexual. Females however can store sperm after one time sex with a male so they can lay several clutches of eggs in a span of few months without trouble.
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