08-16-2010, 07:18 PM
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From my limited experience, they didn't bother the fish or the plants at all...they just sit around in their own little shell ignoring everything else
as for them taking over the tank, I got two boys to keep the copulation at a severe minimum, but from other things that I have read the eggs are easily found and easily removed if you happen to have Adam and Eve in the snail department, keep an eye on the top of the tank and right above the water line where they tend to lay the eggs and if you see any just remove them and toss them...they are much larger than pond snail eggs (aka clear jelly) and red tinted from the pictures that I have seen
and if you don't know if it's a boy or girl peek up under the shell when they are going about their biz, there will be a siphon that is easily mistaken for male parts on one side (first time I saw Hermes' I went
!" hope my son doesn't notice that...") , a bit of a ruffle on the other, and kind of towards the middle there will be or not be boy goodies.