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shane3fan 11-26-2009 11:45 AM

OK, now that I have your attention-lol.

I have a planted 29gallon tank with 2 mystery snails, 5 Corydoras and a Rainbow Shark and I recently noticed some eggs in the tank--unsure of who they belong to-Im guessing snails, but they dont look like the mystery snail egg pics I found through Google.

Input? They are on the heater on the right. Ignore my Anacharis--that is all I have left after I melted 10+plants with Excel--grrr.

Fishin Pole 11-26-2009 12:10 PM

They look like nerite snail eggs.....Do you have any other type of snail, other than mystery snails?.........

shane3fan 11-26-2009 12:11 PM

not that I know of-lol

If so, they are tiny and I havent seen them.

Fishin Pole 11-26-2009 12:18 PM

you would see the nerites, if it was them laying the eggs...............sorry i couldnt be more help.....

Byron 11-26-2009 01:40 PM

They may well be Corydoras eggs. Corydoras spawn by placing the eggs individually here and there on surfaces like plant leaves, tank walls, heater and filter tubes, etc. The female makes a pouch with her pelvic fins and carries the fertilized egg to a cleaned spot and deposits it, and being sticky it adheres. So you would see individual eggs, not clusters, although sometimes they may lay them near eath other.

Fish often spawn in teh very early morning, dawn before the tank lights come on, so it is not always easy to see them, but the eggs are seen later. Some may hatch into fry, and some fry may survive if they have sufficient hiding spots like thick plants as I see in your tank. Fish including the corys themselves will eat any eggs or fry if they find them.


willow 11-26-2009 01:42 PM

i agree about the cory eggs.
mine are doing the same thing again at the moment,
they are not around for long as the neons eat them.

shane3fan 11-26-2009 06:00 PM

Thanks for the answers---after some research I have found that I was sold snails under the premise that they were Mystery snails when in fact they are Nerites---guess thats what I get for not doing research back when I was purchasing my livestock and plants.

Good news is that after the research I did today I found that Nerite snails are actually snails that I WANT in my tank and I may go buy a few more of them.

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