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jeaninel 03-03-2008 12:17 AM

Mystery Snail Eggs
Tonight when I was about to perform a water change I discovered that my gold mystery snail had laid a clutch of eggs in my 10 gallon tank. I've had her since about mid January so I was a bit surprised. But I've also read that they can store sperm so I'm curious if these will hatch or if they're infertile.
I know it can take up to a couple weeks to hatch. What should I look for to tell if they are about to hatch? I do have an empty 5 gallon I may set up for the babies.

fish_4_all 03-03-2008 11:24 AM

They look like a normal cluster but then again even the ones I had that didn't hatch did.

The only way I could tell was when they started to mold or turn black. I actually had better luck with them hatching if I left them and didn't remove them. Once they hatch you can move them if you want to.

jeaninel 03-03-2008 11:41 AM

Thanks for the reply, fish_4_all.

Yeah, I think I am going to leave them where they are and not try to move them. If they hatch then I'll move the babies to the 5 gallon.

jeaninel 03-08-2008 01:16 AM

Discovered another egg clutch. This one is on the side of the filter. My gals been busy.

SST 03-08-2008 12:17 PM

Cool beans! Keep us posted!

Mirta 03-08-2008 12:38 PM

I've had them too. I tried to remove the first one but failed - the eggs are too fragile, so I just left them there. Now I have plenty of babies in all four tanks. they are growing fast!

The eggs will change colour from creamy to pinkish, then the tiny babies will appear. As far as I remember it took a couple of weeks. I could be mistaken, though.

jeaninel 03-08-2008 07:12 PM

Thanks for the info, Mirta. The eggs do now have a pinkish hue to them.
How many babies did you get and what did you do with them all?

Mirta 03-09-2008 07:23 AM

I have had tens of babies over some time. I still have them all since I've got 4 tanks. I have distributed them evenly over all my tanks :lol: . Anyway, if they keep having more babies I will have to give them away. I did give away some ten young adults. I hope they are doing fine. I could bring some to our local pet shop, I've talked to them about it. Another option is to start selling them! :lol:

They are lovely creatures and the babies are so cute and tender!
Good luck!

jeaninel 03-09-2008 07:49 PM

This morning I discovered the first clutch of eggs sitting on the bottom of the tank. They must have gotten knocked down by mama snail accidentally. They were still in a nice tight clump. I scooped them out and put them in a ziploc bag with some damp towels. They are floating in the tank. Are they still ok or did they get ruined from being immersed?

Mirta 03-11-2008 12:11 PM

They should be OK. It is strange that they had gotten knocked off, though. They are usually very firmly attached. Some of the eggs will not hatch I think.

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