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Old 03-27-2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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Mystery snail laying eggs... HELP?

So my mystery snail that I've had for maybe 2.5-3 weeks has decided to start laying eggs at the top of my 55gal tank. I really didn't want to have a ton of baby snails in my tank, because snail infestations are terrible (in my mind) and I really want to avoid clown loaches because the bottom levels of my tank are all filled out.
Anyway, I took the first clutch out (which was about the size of a baby-corn) and put it in my empty 20gal. I put it in there late Friday, and just got back from a trip today. Not sure how many of the babies will survive after being submerged that long. My brother found a second, smaller clutch today. I removed them from the tank the same way you would with any hard shelled egg, and used a dull razor blade to remove them.
I now have them in a small, plastic container lined with wet paper towels. The only thing I've heard about raising mystery snail babies is that they need to be kept in a warm, humid (but not submerged) environment.. and that there's a better success rate when you don't move them, which wasn't really an option for me since these weren't planned or exactly wanted but I don't want to kill them all. Might as well give 'em a chance at life.

Does anyone have any experience with raising snails? I'd really like some help and general information. Also, do any petstores buy them? I'd like keep a few for my 4 tanks, but I don't want 1000 snails haha.
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Most likely pet stores will buy them on consignment. Don't expect a fortune though. I'd feed the babies blanched veggies like zucchini and maybe some brine shrimp and spirulina tablets. Maybe raise them in a 2.5 gal with an airstone?
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I certainly wasn't expecting a fortune, it'll just be a relief to have somewhere to give them to. haha.
I'll probably go out and buy a tiny little tank for whatever survives this hatching and future fry.
Thanks for the tips! And yeah, I have "accident" pond snails in my 5gal and they love their zucchini, and I love to trap them on zucchini.
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