Hey everyone, I've got three tanks set up that have MTS in them, a 55 gallon, a 10 gallon, and my 1 gallon shrimp tank.
I hardly ever see them in a 55 gallon that is littlerally crawling in algae, I just set up the 10 gallon, and I know I didn't put many snails in there, and the 1 gallon seems to be crawling with them.
It is a 1 gallon triangular tank, with a bunch of bacopa/java fern, a moss ball, some lava rocks, sand, and a pvc elbow.
It has a flourescent bulb in a desk lamp for light, and I have never seen algae grow in it, I'm assuming because the two amano shrimp love algae and eat it faster than it can grow.
I only put about 10 snails in there when I set it up a few weeks ago, but I occasionally throw in a rock from the 55 gallon that is covered with algae.
Right now I can count 6 TINY baby snails, less than the size of a pins head, but they are definitely snails and not a random bit of food stuck on the side.
They are all about halfway up the walls, but there are at least three large snails at the bottom eating happily, so I'm not particularly concerned about water quality.
Does it seem likely that these snails hitched a ride on an algae covered rock from the 55 gallon, but were too small for me to see when I took the rock out, and then left the rock when the shrimp ate all of its algae, or does it seem like there's something to do with the 1 gallon tank thats causing my snails to reproduce so much more than the other tanks, or is it just that the baby snails in the 55 in particular are most likely just lost in the mass of sand and rocks so I probably won't see them until they're bigger and crawl out?
I'm not terribly concerned about it, I really want more snails if I can manage, I'm just curious if it seems like theres something going on in the 1 gallon tank causing them to breed so much, that I might be able to reproduce in the 55 gallon to encourage that to have more snails.
I also have goldfish in the 55 gallon, so would it seem a likelihood that they're chomping on the baby snails while they're so small?
Thanks for any responses, just seems puzzling to me.