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Quesiton about Nerites
Old 07-07-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
 
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I have three nerite snails, the tiger blood version, and every now and then, I would see one hanging on the shell of another. I have taken a picture of them, and even though it might be a bit fuzzy, what I would like to know is that does it mean that it's some kind of mating thing between them or if one is just hitching a ride on another.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
 
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Could be mating, the other could be cleaning algae off the shell too, I've seen them do that as well. Either way, if they are mating, you aren't going to get their babies so I wouldn't worry of it :)
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
 
Yeah I know, they need salt water, but still, it was something that bugged the hell out of me because the one hanging on never moves, making me think that it's just using it's friend as a taxi.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:47 AM   #4
 
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lol, most likely! Snails of all sorts do that all the time so I'm not surprised either. I'm sure it will eventually get hungry and find food elsewhere :)
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:02 PM   #5
 
well, it got off and went looking for food, which is whatever algae is left and leftover fish food.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:56 PM   #6
 
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I have a FW tank which has many baby snails

BTW, I put a Nerite by itself into a FW tank and shortly thereafter I got many snails that hatched out and eventually bloomed to 30 or so. I have some snails in another FW with a little salt as I have Mollies, and more snails hatched in there, too. I googled the eggs and saw how they were attached to a plant, and sure enough I had them waiting to hatch. Took less than a week. So if you DON'T want snails, be aware that a single one can already have mated, and you could be the happy owner of more. It is the Ramshorn that don't have babies unless you give them just the right conditions. I have a couple of these that are growing like weeds, but no extras are expected, as they are in different tanks.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:23 PM   #7
 
no eggs, no baby snails. I do have plenty of baby fish though.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:00 AM   #8
 
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Nerites can't hatch in freshwater, if you have a brackish or saltwater tank then yes but full blown freshwater, they won't hatch.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:51 AM   #9
 
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Maybe change your mind on Nerites

I put my Nerite snail into a pure FW tank, which also had Hornwort plant, moss and Philodendron in there. The eggs showed up in a nebulous blob on a plant, which the snail laid, for sure. There were no other fish in there, except for some cat babies very tiny. So perhaps your understanding or literature is not correct, if you have tap water that is hard, and use the non-chlorine treatment, but nothing else (not brackish), then the Nerite snail CAN lay eggs in that water.... and they can hatch to many babies. I am not kidding. I also have these baby snails from another parent in my brackish tanks, which have hatched and are also doing well.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:14 AM   #10
 
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Well I can tell you first that the eggs are not laid in a blob like other snail eggs, they will look like little seeds on things like the glass or driftwood, they tend to lay on the flatter surfaces rather than plants. Here's a quote about taking care of Nerite babies:

"Alright time to get down to the good stuff with directions.
1. Pick a item(s) with some good algae mounted to it. Place this item where your Nerite well be. FRESH SALT OR BRACKISH WATER. What temp isnít important. What quality should be at the best possible. I personally like using drift wood. Driftwood has tons of algae for these baby to feed.

2. Wait a few days. Until you see a good amount of eggs on item/decor. These eggs look like little sesame seeds. WARNING DONT TRY TO REMOVE THESE EGGS BY SCRAPPING THEM. You'll pop the shell. Wait about 72 hours to get a nice size decor with eggs on them.

3. Set up a small tank. Iím using a 1 gallon tank to nurse the babies nitrites. A air bubble line that is set very low 1bubble ever 2 seconds. Also a marine/saltwater (freshwater salt wont work). Why salt and no brackish. The reason is once these Nertie are born at this stage they need all the calcium and mineral to develop a health strong shell. Which well increase the level of survival as juveniles. I had little luck with brackish water. My percentage increased about 80 percent when Iíve hatched Nerite in fully saltwater tank. I usually fill the saltwater level just enough to cover the decor/driftwood.(this is where youll place your decor cover with eggs)

4. Usually about every 3 days I well perform a 50 percent water change. Donít want your snail to die from bad water. This is easy to do. Donít be lazy takes less then 5 mins.

5. Once your eggs are hatching. Theyll hatch at a very slow rate. Youíll see that they're very small larvae. You can feed them algae that's on your dťcor or driftwood. If not you can head to your local aquarium or pet shop. And purchase some algae chips.
Chop these algae chips into small fine grains. And drop them in your tank. Feed them by eye. If you donít see any food. Give them food.

6. Once you see a nice shine to the shell on your snail, its time to move them. This process can take weeks. I donít recommend one or 2 days. They'll die on you. Purchase a small measuring device. The measurement I am using is ML. For my one gallon tank. I would treat about gallon of freshwater(for people out there that donít know what Im talking about treating your water. Neutralizing water from harmful chemicals using(Tetra Aqua Clear (or any other brand).Simply ever morning take out 10ml of tank water. Replace 5Ml in the morning and 5ML at night. For a full month. This step is only for freshwater tanks. For brackish or salt. Just lower the level of salt until you reach your tanks ppm. For a safe entry.

Enjoy your new NERITES. Usually i breed about 100 a month and sell them to my local pet shop."
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