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Mating Snails?

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My snails have been in this position for about 30 min now:

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I'm waiting for them to finish whatever it is they're doing so that I can clean the betta tank!

Love is in the air these days! :ehh

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Yes, they are likely having FUN, if you know what I mean.

Don't wait, this can be going on for quite a while... :lol

EDIT: Also, I would honestly try not to grow out baby mystery snails. The LFS are full of them already and many die because they never get bought. Taking the young ones to an LFS will also not help much because people tend to buy large snails, not small ones. So even though yours are probably healthier and better quality than the LFS ones, they are less likely to find new homes.

And as you know, these guys are rather invasive so you can't even just let them go free.

I personally would destroy all the clutches of eggs you find (drying out and crushing them, disposing into the trash afterwards, not toilet), maybe keep only a few eggs if you want to see some grow up.

But each clutch contains roughly 100 eggs, and these snails lay on average 2-4 clutches - what are you going to do with 400 baby snails? :yikes

Edited by Oerba Yun Fang

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I would probably keep a couple for myself if I did find eggs. My LFS would take them, I have bought 'locally bred' snails from them before (in fact the dark one above is), but you make a good point about people not buying small ones etc.

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Jeepers! Do it like they do on the discovery channel! Sorry I couldn't help myself! :rofl

What's in the water these days! ;)

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Uuumm, Hello...this is a "G" rated Forum.....Strict Rules against ######!!! :peeka:rofl

Geez....you showed your little nudity pics but I couldn't post the word P O R N???

Edited by Jeana727

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You'll be running a nursery before you know it!

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I really like your dark snail - wonder which colour the babies might be?

I have tons of assassin snail eggs & offspring atm - but luckily they are tiny enough I dont need to rehome them lol!

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:rofl you guys are silly

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I really like your dark snail - wonder which colour the babies might be?

I have tons of assassin snail eggs & offspring atm - but luckily they are tiny enough I dont need to rehome them lol!

Thanks! I thought he was a pretty unique color :)

will assassin snails eat each other? or only other snails?

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I really like your dark snail - wonder which colour the babies might be?

I have tons of assassin snail eggs & offspring atm - but luckily they are tiny enough I dont need to rehome them lol!

Thanks! I thought he was a pretty unique color :)

will assassin snails eat each other? or only other snails?

Yeah - ive never seen one that colour myself!

They wont eat each other really, but they will eat already dead assassins, if that makes sense?

Mine have long since killed off any pest snails in the tank and just live on fishfood leftovers, which obviously keeps them happy as theyre always "at it" lol

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I really like your dark snail - wonder which colour the babies might be?

The dark one (male) is a "dark wild", "black", or "dark chestnut" snail- all 3 describe the same color. The light one (female) is an "ivory", "white" or "pearl", again, 3 names for the same color.

The likely offspring from these guys is more wild and ivories, plus some blues.. and you may get some light chestnuts (reddish brown shell, with darker brown stripes, and a light foot)- you run a smaller chance of having golden & jade, from them, and, if you're REALLY lucky, light and/or dark purples could pop up in the mix, but that would really be a crap shoot, and pretty rare... it still could happen, though. ;)

Also- assassin snails would likely eat the adult mystery snails. Just throwing that one out there. LOL.

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Raising them is pretty fun! I've only got one remaining out of my clutch that I kept, and it's really interesting to watch them grow :)

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I really like your dark snail - wonder which colour the babies might be?

The dark one (male) is a "dark wild", "black", or "dark chestnut" snail- all 3 describe the same color. The light one (female) is an "ivory", "white" or "pearl", again, 3 names for the same color.

The likely offspring from these guys is more wild and ivories, plus some blues.. and you may get some light chestnuts (reddish brown shell, with darker brown stripes, and a light foot)- you run a smaller chance of having golden & jade, from them, and, if you're REALLY lucky, light and/or dark purples could pop up in the mix, but that would really be a crap shoot, and pretty rare... it still could happen, though. ;)

Also- assassin snails would likely eat the adult mystery snails. Just throwing that one out there. LOL.

oooh~ they all sound cool. To be honest Ive only ever seen the white or pale brown ones for sale here, Ive seen some other varieties online but the photos are rarely as good as Tithras! :)

& I agree assassins would almost certainly attemp to eat an apple snail :S !

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Jeana, I got caught using the P word here once! I thought that if one can be a post whore one might as well call pictures of fish, fish p. But no. It was actually funny, I felt like some sort of guy in a trench coat when my post was rejected.

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Naughty, naughty snails.

That is all.

:rofl

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My snails used to do that all the time..... I felt bad taking pictures because I felt like I was violating them :rofl :rofl :rofl

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Hee hee. :rofl Snail fun. I never knew that goldfish milt got a snail to breed- in a betta tank :P

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The ones in my goldfish tank do this all the time. But I never get any eggs. :idont Sometimes I wonder if maybe they're just wrestling. :rofl

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The ones in my goldfish tank do this all the time. But I never get any eggs. :idont Sometimes I wonder if maybe they're just wrestling. :rofl

But seriously, just because they are mating doesn't mean they are going to have babies right away. Female apple snails can store sperm for up to a year. That is why even if you buy only one single snail at the LFS, you might end up with hundreds of mystery babies a year later.

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there is something i would like to point out also. the shells of your snails look very poor.. ie, not very shiny as they normally should look. i have learned through a snail site as well as read up some books that snails who's shells are lacking the nutrients and calcium will mount and eat the shells of others.

like we advise to have cuttlebone pinned down in the tank somewhere for snails to graze upon. they have very sharp teeth and can get through the cuttlebone with no problems.

this could be mating, however, it could be survival.

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there is something i would like to point out also. the shells of your snails look very poor.. ie, not very shiny as they normally should look. i have learned through a snail site as well as read up some books that snails who's shells are lacking the nutrients and calcium will mount and eat the shells of others.

like we advise to have cuttlefish bones pinned down in the tank somewhere for snails to graze upon. they have very sharp teeth and can get through the cuttlefish bone with no problems.

this could be mating, however, it could be survival.

I think the cuttlefish is a great idea to have in any tank with snails, it only has to be a small piece so you can hide it somewhere out of sight and just replace it when needed. I did that when I kept Sulawesi and Nerite snails in my tank.

I noticed the white one's shell looks a little poor near the rear, but I assume this is due to the typically poor care the snails get at even good LFS or online stockists (unless invert specialists) and appearance like that stays with them for a long time, im not sure it ever 100% goes away really. The newer growth around the trap looks alot better though I think (you can see a sheen on the left hand side of the dark one) and thats probably a good indicator, so id hope this is just mating and not cannibalism!.

I still think Helen's suggestion is great, though! :)

Edited by Lucerne

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It takes a while to sink though (a few days) , but if you boil water with the cuttlefish in it, it sinks a lot quicker :)

I've pinned it down but it always finds a way back to the surface :rofl

Edited by Narny105

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I tried cuttlebone for my snails, but they weren't interested. Their shells look like they could use it, and I tried putting them on it several time, but they climbed off in a hurry. I never saw them touch it again. :idont

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snails are more active of a night time when you are sleeping and everything is dark. you may not think they eat it.. but they are all over that tank whilst your eyelids are closed and you're off into lala land..

i spotted my snails on cuttlebone at times when i would wake for a glass of water. if you rest their food near the cuttlebone of a night time, they will eat from both.

if you have a large or long tank, it's good to put 2 in.. also good for increasing KH.

i used a veggie clip, suctioned it to the bottom of the tank when i had substrate. covered the clip with the substrate, the only thing that showed was the cuttlebone.

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