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Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center: Beginner freshwater : Snails


Saturday, February 23, 2002 - 09:54 pm
Okay Heres the scoop. I bought a snail. I know haow many people say not to because they breed but i did. Anyways it wont lay eggs! i want Lots of babies for my indoor pond! i have had this thing for over 8 months and not a single egg has appeared! any suggestions on how to get this sucker to lay eggs?




Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 08:28 am
Try buying at least two. I'm not really sure how long snails carry eggs, but I would think they need to be fertilized at some point.



Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 10:25 pm
Also, it depends on the kind of snail. Some are able to reproduce without the help of another snail in the tank, and others must have one of the opposite sex to reproduce.



Tuesday, March 05, 2002 - 12:17 am
In addition, some snails actually need to crawl out of the water to lay their eggs. If you have an apple snail of some sort, you'll probably have better luck if you provide a surface that the snails can access that sticks up out of the water. If you want a LOT of small snails, ask your local aquarium shop for a few of the small pond snails that usually come in on live plants. Most places should just give them away, as they're really nothing more than a problem in pet shops. Get a few of these, and you'll have more snails than you can shake a stick at. Maybe try to find some Malaysian live-bearing snails too, these reproduce like the dickens as well.



Sunday, April 07, 2002 - 12:03 am
My son just started a small tank and he must have gotten a snail on one of the plants that he bought. He now has five! Are these little guys okay to have in there? Will they do anything to the water levels? And last but not least, what do their eggs look like? There are a couple of little gel looking things kind of cresent shaped and looks like eggs.
Thanks so much,



Sunday, April 07, 2002 - 12:14 pm
They will multiply like crazy and become a nuisance. Best to net out as soon as you see them. I never saw any eggs from my snails as they are so tiny they blend with the gravel. Some fish will eat them, but most of the fish that will won't fit in a small tank.



Sunday, April 07, 2002 - 03:24 pm
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. We'll scoop most of the snails out today. But, I'm still wondering what the heck the little egg-looking things are. When he started the tank out he put 3 neons in it, and the two larger ones were picking on the littler one. I understand this is a little unusual so we called the pet store and they suggested buying two more to make a bigger school and that worked. A week later he got two Buenes Aires tetras, one albino. The albino was nuts and started attacking the neons. This too is unusual from what I've heard, he killed one and bit the fins off another (which died the next day). As soon as we realized he was going nuts we seperated them and returned them (the BAT's) to the pet store. After reading many posting on this website I found out that we shouldn't have started out with neons in a new tank anyway. I even wonder if perhaps the neons weren't sick from the begining, which may have caused the BAT to go after them. Unfortunately all the neons are now gone My son was devistated! I'm so glad that the cat is doing great. We will take your advise and wait five weeks before adding anything new. We are now shopping at a different pet store and their help seems much more knowledgable. One guy there told us if we hadn't moved up to a larger tank by the time the cat was getting too big he would love to buy it from us. His family has eleven tanks in their house and I feel much more comfortable dealing with him than the other store.
Boy did I digress! Anyway my point in mentioning the other fish is, is it possible they are eggs from one of them?
Thanks again...Dory



Monday, April 08, 2002 - 06:12 am
Yes, I would think you would be able to see fish eggs before snail eggs. They may not be fertile though as my angelfish laid a lot of eggs a few months ago and they were all infertile as I don't think there is a male in the tank. Anyways I would just remove them with my gravel vac. Usually if eggs sit around for too long they just get fungusized. I'm suprised the catfish hasn't eaten them...usually the will eat any eggs on the bottom.



Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:49 pm
Dory, we need a better description of the eggs before we can tell. Snails tend to lay eggs in a clear, gelatinous mass that sticks to plants. Fish eggs can come in various forms depending on the species... there are egg scatterers like barbs and danios, and then there are ones with parental care such as almost every cichlid (angelfish, discus, African cichlids, etc) which often adhere their eggs to something (clearish, tannish looking in most cases) or have special methods of brooding them. Also, labyrinth fish such as gouramis and bettas make bubble nests on the surface to put their eggs in. If you see them without the parents around, the best chance is that they are snail eggs, as non-parental care eggs often get eaten very quickly in a community tank setting.

PS: neons are not great beginner's fish and usually won't last long in an unestablished tank.


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