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Busted 02-24-2011 11:02 AM

mystery snail help
 
Recently I got several Golden Mystery snails. Well I think they turned into rabbits cause I now have 10 egg clusters :shock: theres not even 10 in the tank they keep showing up in. Also, being newer to them I have been giving them all the look over and notice some calcium deficiency issues thin shell with some pilling at the opening. I placed a cuddlefish bone in and sank it with a rock, they also snack on algae wafers and shrimp pellets. Back to the eggs, Are the other shells always going to dry? I mean its humid in the tank and has a lid on and all. The temp is about 79-80*F.

Lupin 02-24-2011 05:38 PM

Are they turning white/blue at all? Any pics of the eggs in current state?

Busted 02-26-2011 10:55 AM

Heres some of the MANY clusters. They are a pinkish color I would say. In total I have 15 clusters :shock: I'm sure I will have more tomorrow morning :-?

Sorry the pics arn't that good;
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534215.jpg
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534214.jpg
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534213.jpg
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534212.jpg
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534211.jpg
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534208.jpg
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534207.jpg
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...0/SD534216.jpg

Lupin 02-26-2011 08:57 PM

I need clearer pics (not tampered with) of the oldest clutches. How old is the oldest clutch you have?

5th, 6th, 7th and 9th photos showed newly laid eggs. Most of the others are 1-2 weeks old.:?

Inga 02-27-2011 04:15 AM

Are you intending to let all of these eggs hatch out? What do you intend to do with the hundred or so Mystery snails that grow at an alarming rate? If you don't have a place to put them, I suggest you scrape some of the egg sacks off and dispose of them before they hatch. My snails go through periods where they are dropping eggs like it is going out of style as well. I just keep scraping them off. I do no want a thousand eggs.

As it is, I must have missed a clutch because I had about 40 babies that grew up in my tank. I was able to rehome some of them but now... I don't allow anymore eggs to hatch.

Busted 02-27-2011 06:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin (Post 603289)
I need clearer pics (not tampered with) of the oldest clutches. How old is the oldest clutch you have?

5th, 6th, 7th and 9th photos showed newly laid eggs. Most of the others are 1-2 weeks old.:?

Those are all within a few days of each other, its just my crappy camera and the lights making them look older I guess, They turn white-ish as they get older?


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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 603584)
Are you intending to let all of these eggs hatch out? What do you intend to do with the hundred or so Mystery snails that grow at an alarming rate? If you don't have a place to put them, I suggest you scrape some of the egg sacks off and dispose of them before they hatch. My snails go through periods where they are dropping eggs like it is going out of style as well. I just keep scraping them off. I do no want a thousand eggs.

As it is, I must have missed a clutch because I had about 40 babies that grew up in my tank. I was able to rehome some of them but now... I don't allow anymore eggs to hatch.

I was planing on letting them hatch out but probably not all, I have a few tanks I can put them in. Or I could just sale/give them away. How long does it take them to reach adult size?

Lupin 02-27-2011 06:43 AM

Well, they do turn whitish blue before they hatch. And the gentlest touch will still crack the shells indicating they are nearly hatching. It takes 3-5 weeks on average for them to hatch.

I would not encourage growing the snails quite fast as it leaves their shells quite thin making them prone to shell damage. Keep temp to at least 74-76 degrees Fahrenheit when you rear them. And not all snails will grow to full adult size. You will end up culling a few of them that are runts.

Actually, I think that if you choose to simply grow a few snails, you will grow a group of better quality adult snails than hundreds of runts. You may sell them once they reach 1.5" in size.


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