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post #1 of 12 Old 07-29-2008, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Ok do they reproduce on there own, Or do they need 2?
Plus I read a green spotted puffer will eat the snails...And is need for there diet
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Ok do they reproduce on there own, Or do they need 2?
Plus I read a green spotted puffer will eat the snails...And is need for there diet
Pond snails and ramshorns are your best bets. They're hermaphrodites meaning they do not need a mate to be able to breed. Pond snail eggs are characterized by small globules in one sac. They can be found attached to almost everywhere and can be obtained hitchhiking amongst the plants you buy.

Avoid the Malaysian trumpet snails as their shells are too hard for the puffers to crush on. They're livebearers and can bury underground so they can be a pain to eliminate although they do wonders digging the substrate thus preventing the substrate from going compact which could result in anaerobic pockets and if disturbed, can release hydrogen sulfide which can cause acute respiratory problems to the fish, even to the point of killing them. You will notice that by the smell of rotten eggs if you disturb the substrate not stirred frequently. The finer the substrate, the easier it compacts and this is especially true with sand.

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Ok do they reproduce on there own, Or do they need 2?
Plus I read a green spotted puffer will eat the snails...And is need for there diet
Pond snails and ramshorns are your best bets.
So I should buy about 2 of these for my puffer to feed on after more snail show up?

and should I get the snail listed above?
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You can ask your LFS to have you pick those snails for free and breed them in another tank. Abundant food supply allows them to proliferate quickly. Paying for those snails is too much.

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You can ask your LFS to have you pick those snails for free and breed them in another tank. Abundant food supply allows them to proliferate quickly. Paying for those snails is too much.
...well not to sound kinda :P
but whats LFS?
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LFS-local fish store

More information can be found here.
http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=12285

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oh thanks
so I just ask Can i have some? I going to read the topic :)
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These snails are very prolific. No one in his right mind would really sell them especially when you can obtain them from plants you buy.;)

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I will try, are the snails cheap anyways?
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I will try, are the snails cheap anyways?
It really depends on the species of snails but it takes no efforts to breed ramshorns, MTS and pond snails. All you need is another tank, a sponge filter and overfeeding for them to breed quickly.

If you want to start keeping snails as pets rather than foods for the fish, I suggest trying Pomacea bridgesii. These do not eat plants whereas the Pomacea canaliculata will although the latter is banned in many states anyway due to the damage they cause to the vegetation especially in foreign lands.

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