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Old 03-07-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Snail eggs nooo!

So I have 2 mystery snails that got put together in the same tank about 3 months ago (long story). I didn't know the genders, but after 3 months of no eggs I thought they must be the same sex. Surprise this morning - a gigantic pile of snail eggs the size of a volkswagen. My daughter was thrilled, so I couldn't bring myself to just flush them right in front of her. I've been reading that it takes a while for them to hatch, so I'm probably not going to go home to 50,000 snail babies. Is there any point in like scraping off most of them and leaving 1 or 2 for my daughter's sake or would it just damage the whole clutch and be pointless?

I know, I know, leaving any snails invites more eggs and more eggs and more eggs. But I have enough tanks to separate them.
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So I have 2 mystery snails that got put together in the same tank about 3 months ago (long story). I didn't know the genders, but after 3 months of no eggs I thought they must be the same sex. Surprise this morning - a gigantic pile of snail eggs the size of a volkswagen. My daughter was thrilled, so I couldn't bring myself to just flush them right in front of her. I've been reading that it takes a while for them to hatch, so I'm probably not going to go home to 50,000 snail babies. Is there any point in like scraping off most of them and leaving 1 or 2 for my daughter's sake or would it just damage the whole clutch and be pointless?

I know, I know, leaving any snails invites more eggs and more eggs and more eggs. But I have enough tanks to separate them.
If you get infestation, feed less and buy some assasins snails. After my tank cycle, I got a multiple snails species outbreak (thousands of them) (eggs from new live plants non-QT). There's was few assasins snails in the mix and 4 month after, there's only few small assasins snails remaining.
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YoYo/Pakistani Loaches are a snails nemesis. 3 will clear the tank of small and baby snails in a few weeks! My LFS doesn't sell assassin snails and recommended the yoyo's, glad they did cause they are fun to watch!
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