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Old 04-09-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Mystery snails.... Duds?

My 5 mystery snails ( onyx, tewey, ghost, jag , and shim) have been breeding for awhile now ( 2 months) and still no eggs. I have seen all of them ontop of each other trying to mate, which is confusing because the one on the bottom was on the Top yesterday.... So is I pausible that I got all males? Should I got more snails? Or would the bio- load be too much for the 10 gallon ( shared with mixed fry)
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:05 AM   #2
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Its possible that your snails are confused males, but who knows. I would wait a little while longer before determining if you need more or not. I have known of a few instances where it took quite awhile for eggs to appear after mating, so maybe they are just perfecting their technique? Do they have enough space above the water line?
Mystery snails are pretty messy, so I don't suggest putting any more in the tank. They also get pretty decently sized.
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Yup there is about 3 inches of air for ten to lay eggs. I'll hold out a little longer though.
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You may be able to trade some of your less favorite snails in, too. I agree, don't put more in lol.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:18 PM   #5
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In regards to the water line, my mystery snail went out of it's way to climb under the hood and laid eggs there.

it does take a while for them to breed. I had my mystery snails for 5 months until they started breeding. 2 months in, they were already mating.
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I know that snail breeding is seasonal, but not sure about the frequency of clutches.
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Ok I'll wait it out, for now it's a waiting gAme!
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My mystery snails laid at least 5 batches of eggs within the past month. I accidentally wiped the first one away. The second hatched. Removed the third and fourth batch and now waiting for the fifth batch to hatch.

I counted at least 30 from my second batch.
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I have the opposite problem. I bought my daughter a "mystery snail" last summer and didn't worry when she started laying eggs a few months ago because as I understand it, they cannot reproduce asexually. Imagine my surprise this morning at finding 6 miniscule babies in the tank. Does this mean I have another species such as an Apple Snail, perhaps? She hasn't been around any other snails since at least June 2011 and has laid about 10 clutches of eggs prior to this one.
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That is interesting. Do you have pictures of the eggs? Normally they lay them outside the water and the eggs are pretty large.
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