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Old 08-14-2010, 03:33 PM   #11
 
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After a long time being almost phobic of snails, I took the plunge so to speak and got 2 mystery snails. A friend says they will take them if I decide against keeping them. I was so afraid they would take over the tank like happened when I was a kid. The snails just kept reproducing and it took over the tank. I was assured this would not happen with this species. Is this true or was I swindled again? I was also told they will not eat my plants or bother my fish? All true?
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:18 PM   #12
 
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.
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