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LisaLB24 02-07-2011 11:28 AM

I'm expecting!
Baby snails, that is! I've got an egg cluster at the top of my tank from my mystery snails that has been there for about a week. I wasn't exactly planning for babies but not knowing the sex of my snails, I wasn't exactly caught off guard either. So what's next? How long will they incubate? Do I need to do anything to help them out? What should I expect? Thanks so much for any advice!

Plumkin 02-09-2011 03:57 AM

If there the snails I have in my 10 gallon idk the name there just brown snails but they eat plants and anything they can clean..Mine lay a blob of eggs every few days or so an you dont have to do anything at all they will just form up and grow and more and more and more and more will become in your tank they are really more of a pain to have since they multiply faster then anything I've ever seen! I would smosh them and let your fishys eat them if there the snails I have in my tank. :)

Lupin 02-09-2011 05:19 AM

Plumkin, these snails are not like yours. Lisa owns sexual snails, Pomacea diffusa. These are sex-specific meaning in order to produce fertilized eggs, a male and a female must mate. Fortunately (or unfortunately for those who hate a mess of egg clutches), these snails can store sperm for months and are able to produce several batches of egg clutches in a few months though the fertility rate diminishes with every clutch.

You need to ensure there is high humidity for the eggs to hatch. It takes 3-5 weeks on average to incubate the eggs. When hatching period nears, the clutch should turn ivory-blue and will crush at a gentle touch. Don't worry about crushing the clutch gently near hatching period. The babies will eat their way out and drop into the water to search for foods. Feed them soft foods first. Flakes will work well for them or try to allow algae to flourish until they are big enough to eat pellets, vegetables, etc.

If you want to incubate the eggs yourself, scrape them off with a razor blade. Don't worry if the eggs sticking on the glass crushed. It's bound to happen with a blade. Then wrap the clutch in a damp paper towel and stuff inside a tupperware with small holes for air. This will ensure the humidity is trapped allowing the eggs to hatch quickly. Avoid putting the eggs too close to aquarium lights or they'll dry up quickly and avoid allowing them too wet or soaked, or this will drown the embryos.

Best raise the snailettes separately in a rearing tank with floating plants only. Keep it bare so you can clean the tank easily for lots of poop. Breeding traps are not an option since they can slip into the slits/holes easily.

Should be easy to identify their color after a week or two. Keep temperature at least 76 degrees to regulate their shell growth and shell thickness. Accelerated growth as a result of elevated temp will age them quickly and permit very thin shells prone to injuries.

LisaLB24 02-15-2011 08:36 AM

Thanks for the tips... they were looking dry so I started misting them with a little bit of water from the tank.

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