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post #1 of 10 Old 12-07-2018, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
Mystery Snails

I love my Mystery snails. I have three large ones. One is brown striped and two are golden. They cleaned the algae off my 36 gallon tank in a few days and work to keep the bottom clean.

I have seen that the brown one seems to like to become intimate with one or more of the golds.

I had a fungus on a couple fish and needed to add medicine so I moved the snails to a little tank. Last week I was working on the little tank and found an egg case under the lid. I looked up the breeding of Mystery snails and found that they climb out of the water to lay eggs so that predators don't eat them. It said to keep them moist and they will hatch in 2 to 4 weeks.

So now the egg case is in a petri dish with a tiny amount of water on top of the 36 gallon aquarium. It looks like I could end up with a lot of snails. I guess I can give them to a local shop or maybe trade them if I grow them a little. I wonder how long that takes?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-08-2018, 09:36 PM
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If you are keeping the eggs inside the water the babies will drown.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-08-2018, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
No, the Petri dish has only a few drops of water to keep a wet environment. From what I've read, when the baby snails hatch, they drop down into the water. I also read that they don't live more than a year or two so they must grow fast. Is this correct?
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-13-2018, 07:35 PM
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I love my Mystery snails. I have three large ones. One is brown striped and two are golden. They cleaned the algae off my 36 gallon tank in a few days and work to keep the bottom clean.

I have seen that the brown one seems to like to become intimate with one or more of the golds.

I had a fungus on a couple fish and needed to add medicine so I moved the snails to a little tank. Last week I was working on the little tank and found an egg case under the lid. I looked up the breeding of Mystery snails and found that they climb out of the water to lay eggs so that predators don't eat them. It said to keep them moist and they will hatch in 2 to 4 weeks.

So now the egg case is in a petri dish with a tiny amount of water on top of the 36 gallon aquarium. It looks like I could end up with a lot of snails. I guess I can give them to a local shop or maybe trade them if I grow them a little. I wonder how long that takes?
Congrats!!! I've been trying to get my mysteries to breed, but they haven't yet. I'm a big mystery snail fan and I love my mysteries, I have 4, 2 gold,1 Black and brown striped and 1 ivory.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-13-2018, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
I put them temporarily into a tiny tank that might hold a gallon. I use spring water for my aquariums and the pH is 7.0. There wasn't a heater so it was at room temperature which is close to 75'F. There was gravel but no plants. There was algae on the sides until they cleaned it up. A snail climbed up on the lid to lay the eggs. I didn't have to do anything but find the cluster.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-13-2018, 10:41 PM
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No, the Petri dish has only a few drops of water to keep a wet environment. From what I've read, when the baby snails hatch, they drop down into the water. I also read that they don't live more than a year or two so they must grow fast. Is this correct?
Yes, that's what I read too. They live only for about a year which is about half the life span of nerite snails. Obviously, they are new to me. Personally I'd use a small fish hatchery box with a suspended platform from which the dry eggs will incubate. Once hatched, they would drop into the water below.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-15-2018, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
This morning I found that about a half dozen egg cases were empty but I can't see any baby snails. I wonder how tiny they are.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-17-2018, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
I have a baby Mystery Snail but there's a mystery. It is not in the Petri dish. It is in my shrimp tank. I have one adult snail in that tank but I can't imagine how the baby got there. It is small - maybe 1/8" in diameter. It looked like a snail but I wasn't sure until a few minutes later when I found that it had moved about 5".
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-18-2018, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
I hope it isn't a pond snail that sneaked in.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-18-2018, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
Bad news here. Our girl crawled out to lay eggs again. This time she was in my acrylic aquarium with the connected top. She must have gone over the edge where the filter is hanging. By the time I found her on the floor, she was dead. I immediately put her in water hoping for a miracle but it was not to be.
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