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underwaterking 10-28-2010 11:00 AM

Apple snail...
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Is this normal?? The shell seems ....wrong.

My apple snail has just laid eggs. I only have one snail in the tank, so will they hatch? I mean, there is no male.

Lupin 10-28-2010 11:13 AM

It's shell pitting. The damage is permanent but you can minimize it by making sure your water is hard and alkaline and feed it calcium rich foods.

Female apples can store sperm for months. If she had been in contact with males before, the eggs may likely be fertile in which case, you wait for it 3-5 weeks to hatch.

underwaterking 10-28-2010 11:22 AM

Thanks Lupin!!!
My water is slightly alkaline: 8.0 ph
Bought her 5 days ago, so the eggs are probably fertilised, yeah?

underwaterking 10-28-2010 12:00 PM

The eggs are in the water, not above the water level. Is this bad?
Also, there are not a lot of eggs.Is this normal?
Could you tell me the species of this apple snail?
Sorry for all the questions.THANKS

Chicklet 10-28-2010 12:06 PM

If the eggs are below water they will drown and you won't get any young,

My Applesnails all hatch in 2 weeks, I know the length of times most websites tell you is between 3 -6 weeks,
But I've never had any go past 2 weeks. May have something to do with the humidity level and where the eggs are placed when laid perhaps

Lupin 10-28-2010 12:21 PM

Your snail is Pomacea diffusa.

underwaterking 10-28-2010 12:26 PM

In that case, why has the snail laid the eggs there?
I thought there were some species that laid their eggs under the waterline?
Should I move the eggs above the waterline?
Thanks for your interest

Chicklet 10-28-2010 04:15 PM

When she laid the clutch it may very well have been above the waterline,
Perhaps at a water change you refilled it a tad to far and covered the clutch.
Or maybe she just had no other place to lay it,

If it's under water then you'll not get any to hatch,

Some snails do lay gel like masses under water, But these apple snails don't.
Pomacea bridgesi

underwaterking 10-29-2010 03:14 PM

Thanks for your interest!
It's definitely not a water change that did it because I havenīt changed the water since she lay the eggs (about 2-3 days ago).

Inga 10-29-2010 03:27 PM

If you are wanting her to have babies and these eggs are under water, you could still have another batch in a short time. This is of course, assuming there is room for her to lay the eggs over the water line. My snails are constantly laying eggs. I don't want a hunded Mystery/Apple snails so I remove the eggs whenever I see them.

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