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MARIOPARTY53 07-29-2008 03:44 AM

Snail Question
 
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

Lupin 07-29-2008 03:51 AM

Re: Snail Question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MARIOPARTY53
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.

MARIOPARTY53 07-29-2008 03:53 AM

Re: Snail Question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin
Quote:

Originally Posted by MARIOPARTY53
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?

Lupin 07-29-2008 04:03 AM

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.

MARIOPARTY53 07-29-2008 04:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Lupin
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?

Lupin 07-29-2008 04:08 AM

LFS-local fish store

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

MARIOPARTY53 07-29-2008 04:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin
LFS-local fish store

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

oh thanks
so I just ask Can i have some? I going to read the topic :)

Lupin 07-29-2008 04:16 AM

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.;)

MARIOPARTY53 07-29-2008 04:21 AM

I will try, are the snails cheap anyways?

Lupin 07-29-2008 04:25 AM

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Originally Posted by MARIOPARTY53
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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