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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 01:44 AM
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I have the same bowl with java moss in it...I would try even less rocks, what your planning doesnt really need much substrate, and the less rocks, the more water!

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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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So, some bits of ends of my moss looks like they either have white looking worms on them or are turning whiteish themselves (looks more like the 2nd to me), does anyone have any idea of what this is?

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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 06:28 AM
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Horned nerites!

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Snail should be fine,
They are small, barely more than a half inch and colorful. My favorite is the bumblebee nerite--you guessed it--black and gold swirls. The larger nerites put out a lot of waste for such a small bowl. The horned nerites don't. Plus, nerites do not successfully breed in fresh water so you don't need to worry about being swamped with snails.

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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-25-2013, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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So my generic whatever snail it is that people said I had laid eggs, I'm wondering though, do these need a second snail to fertalize? Or will I soon be covered in these snails? Lastly do I need to take any special care to keep them alive? They are currently just below the water line.


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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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bump cause id like to know something about these eggs, specially the hatch time, oh and i named the snail skittles

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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 08:56 PM
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These little critters are hermaphrodites--and no doubt yours had access to a partner before going in the bowl.

Hatching generally happens in 10-20 days, success depends on a tons of factors. No special care needed other than making sure they stay wet. They'll be readily visible on the glass and easy to remove if you start getting too many.

While large tanks often seen population explosions due to the amount of food naturally available in the way of decaying plant material, bio-film, etc. these sort of micro tanks typically balance out from any population boom very quickly. Indeed, under conditions of minimal to zero additional feeding being done (or high competition from other life in the bowl) adult pond snails will lay less and even eat their own egg masses, greatly diminishing the rate of reproduction.
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