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Inga 09-25-2010 09:20 AM

Mystery Snail eggs and how to handle them?
 
Well as many of you know, My Mystery Snails have been feeling quite romantic as of late. I first saw an egg sack about 2 weeks ago. Admittedly, I wanted to see a few hatch just to "have the experience" but nothing has happened with that batch. Sadly however, there are now 5 other sets of snail eggs.

I had read on here somewhere that someone said to just knock them into the water, which is what I just did but what I am wondering is... Will the fish eat those eggs? Will they just muck up my water? I noticed when scraping them off that they are sort of... Crunchy? There are now a few egg sacks laying there in the water and nobody is giving them the time of day. I am wondering how I should handle this situation long term. I mean, if I let the behaviors go and all the eggs started hatching, I could have literally thousands of snails in no time. I feel sort of bad getting rid of the eggs but what can I do.. I don't want thousands of Mystery snails.

LisaC144 09-25-2010 09:23 AM

I'm sure your bottom feeders will munch them up in no time. If you're worried however, just scrape them off the side of the tank and trash them instead of pushing them into the water.

Inga 09-25-2010 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by LisaC144 (Post 478822)
I'm sure your bottom feeders will munch them up in no time. If you're worried however, just scrape them off the side of the tank and trash them instead of pushing them into the water.

The only bottom feeder I have is a Rainbow shark. Do you think that he will eat them? Hopefully, if he likes them, it seems he will have a constant supply of snail eggs to enjoy. He comes out more at night, then during the day so if they are still laying there untouched tomorrow, maybe I will remove them. I guess I too was thinking they might be sort of good nutrition, until I felt how hard they were when I was scraping them off. I didn't actually touch them, I used a scraper but it felt crunchy ish.

Chicklet 09-25-2010 03:41 PM

Throw them out, in my experience almost nothing eats them anyways,

Controlling apple snails is easy. once a week or so check for clutches and tare anyones you find down and destroy them. problem solved

Inga 09-26-2010 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Chicklet (Post 479062)
Throw them out, in my experience almost nothing eats them anyways,

Controlling apple snails is easy. once a week or so check for clutches and tare anyones you find down and destroy them. problem solved

Yeah, nobody has touched the eggs so... out they go.


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