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ASmileForOnlyU 12-06-2007 12:37 PM

ah egg clutch!
I woke up this morning to see my golden snail (apple maybe idk) at the top of the tank just leaving her new egg clutch. I've had her about 3 months and shes tripled in size (bout 1 inch) since I got her. It's about 1 in by 1/2 in and is bright white. She's in my 55 gallon with fish so I dont want to leave the clutch there to hatch because my fish will eat anything. So should I remove it and put them in my empty 10 gal heated tank or put a breeder net under the clutch? and if i remove it for the 10 gal, should I just put it in the water or what? Any other tips? O and I can sell any babies to the LFS so i'm not worried bout how many.

Little-Fizz 12-06-2007 02:31 PM

I'm not sure how you would move the egg clutch to another tank. I guess it is possible. But they lay the eggs above the water line so they don't get to wet. So no putting them in the water is not such a hot idea. I'm not sure if the clutch would stick to the side of the tank after you were to remove it. What kind of fish do you have? I'm sure there would be enough babies that if you left the eggs in your current tank and waited till they hatched you could remove the babies from that tank and put them in the 10 gallon (without loosing to many). This might take a while but I suppose thats what I would do unless somebody here has removed egg clutches before and relocated them?

vinoth1465 12-06-2007 03:03 PM

thought this would help... i hatched my first batch safely and they are enjoying their 5 gallon...


Originally Posted by dakotagirl

Clutches need 2 things to hatch: humidity and warmth. If it is laid on the side of your tank wall and isn't in the water you can leave it there as long as your tank is fairly closed in their should be enough humidity and warmth for it to hatch. Hatching takes anywhere from 8 days to 2 1/2 weeks depending on the warmth and humidity. Just make sure it can't get to wet or drop off into the water or the clutch is ruined because the babies will drown.

I used to wait 24 hours after a clutch was laid and then use a credit card and scrape it off of the tank wall and put it in a ziploc baggie with a damp paper towel in the bottom of the baggie that I wrung out till it was almost dry, then put a folded dry paper towel on top the the damp one, then I wrapped the clutch in a dry paper towel and put it on top of the dry paper towel. It sounds complicated the way I am explaining it but it is just layered in the baggie like this: bottom of baggie: damp paper towel then dry paper towel then paper towel with clutch wrapped in it. Then seal the baggie and float it in your tank. Every day you can open it and give it a little air and then seal it and put it back in the tank. In a week or so keep an eye on it and when the clutch is almost ready to hatch it will start looking moldy/grayish in color. When they were starting to hatch I just took the clutch and swished it around in a cup with some tank water to help all the babies out of the clutch.

That is how I did my first few clutches. Then I decided to just leave them on the side of the tank where they laid them and once or twice a day I would just sprinkle a little tank water on them to make sure they stayed moist and within a week and a half to two weeks they would be ready to hatch and then I would peel the clutch off the side of the tank with a credit card and swish them in a cup with tank water and put them in the "baby tank" I have set up for them. I didn't let them hatch in my big tank because with all those tiny babies it would of been impossible for me to vaccum the gravel and clean the tank. So I put them in my baby tank that is bare bottomed and easy to clean without sucking them up. You can also use a net breeder that you can buy for fish that hangs on the side of your tank and put them in there until they are old enough to be in the big tank without worrying you will suck them up when cleaning the tank.

I know there are other ways too but I can't remember all of them. The easiest way for me is to leave them where they are laid and just keep an eye on them and mist them once a day. But if they are laid too close to the light or in a place where they can get too wet you have to move them.

There is no right or wrong way just a few certain things you have to make sure of: 1. They don't fall in the tank water and drown. 2. They have humidity. 3. They are kept warm. 4.They are not to close to the light and dry out from the heat.

Also remember the first clutch sometimes isn't fertile and no matter what you do it isn't going to hatch. If you don't see the color changing in a week and a half to two weeks it probably isn't fertile. But remember to give it some time as there is not set time for a clutch to all depends on humidity and warmth.

my clutch that was in the ziplock bag... this was taken when it was a week old. they hatched within 2 days... you can actually see the snails inside.

ASmileForOnlyU 12-06-2007 09:09 PM

thanks very much, mine are right by the light so i will move them to the ziploc bag thing :]

vinoth1465 12-06-2007 10:23 PM

awesome... just make sure you open the bag everyday to provide fresh air... also when they do hatch, dont put them back in the main tank... keep them in a seperate tank... they are very tiny and they will get lost in the gravel and its very hard when you have to clean.

It is so much fun to watch them grow, be it fish or snails... Make sure the water is very clean... the small ones can't handle ammonia, nitrites and not much nitrates either.

keep us posted.

Little-Fizz 12-06-2007 10:27 PM

I'm so jealous :( I wish my apple snail had babies. Oh well, what can you do? Good luck with your baby snails though! They are super cute... Er I may want to take that back, the snails are more interesting looking then cute. (even though mines the cutest hahaha) I hope it all works out for you. :thumbsup:

vinoth1465 12-06-2007 10:50 PM


Originally Posted by Little-Fizz
I'm so jealous :( I wish my apple snail had babies. Oh well, what can you do? Good luck with your baby snails though! They are super cute... Er I may want to take that back, the snails are more interesting looking then cute. (even though mines the cutest hahaha) I hope it all works out for you. :thumbsup:

hi, increasing the temp gradually to 82 degrees will induce mating behaviour on the snails... this also means the higher the temps the faster they grow and more clutches they lay but the shorter the life span of your snail...

ASmileForOnlyU 12-07-2007 12:20 AM

my tank is constantly at 82 ha i guess that helped her into the mood ha. I never imagined she'd lay eggs, I'd only read about that.

Yeah I already have a 10 gallon ready for them whenever they are ready, it's got plenty of algae and nothing else living in it, it's been empty just in case I needed it.

They were safely removed 2 hours ago (few broken eggs that were against the glass but o well) and put into the ziploc. It's now humid in there floating in my tank. I will be sure to open and let air in everyday. With it being warm around the bag and humid, how long do you give the eggs to hatch? (They were layed sometime in the middle of last night. so that was the 6th.

vinoth1465 12-07-2007 08:54 AM

my guess is, if the conditions are right, they will hatch within a week... you will just have to keep an close eye on it... dont force them out. wait till you see one or two snails out and then put the clutch in glass with tank water and sqish the water to make them come out...

regards to temp, try to stay at 76 to 78 degrees... thats the optimal setting...

ASmileForOnlyU 12-07-2007 12:43 PM

well my tank is ALWAYS 80-82 due to my fry in there, so i'm not going to bother dropping it.

I will watch it as much as i can with school and work, i'm only home at night...

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