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Ramshorn Snails.

How often do they breed and what are the colors?
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Rate of breeding depends on their age and the amount of food available in their environment.

Ive seen brown, blue, red, peach, pink and black.

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Rate of breeding depends on their age and the amount of food available in their environment.

Ive seen brown, blue, red, peach, pink and black.
Ok thanks!
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I've been selectively keeping them. I hate to call it breeding because they are gong to do that without my help.

I started a while ago putting the brown feet in one tank and the Red feet in another. Then I started getting a some Reds that had a Gold cast to the shell. I really like them so they were a 2nd division.

I have one now that is more Silver than Gold, not an Albino as the foot is pink.

I found some with a Blue tint & Brown foot in the the Brown tank. I'll probably separate out them also.

They seem to need to get to 1/4" to breed.

I move the nicest Golds to my display tank.

I'm fascinated by this Silver morph I have, it's the 1st time I've seen that color. It's an interesting experiment in Genetics.
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More info provided:They are Hermaphrodites able to produce a great many offspring. A ramshorn will normally start reproducing within 4 weeks of being born if well fed. It lays a small gelatin like patch of eggs on any surface. After 10-20 days (depending on temperature) these will hatch.

The water parameters must have calcium (Hardness, gh) and a ph greater than 7.0 otherwise the shell will begin to dissolve or become pitted and the snail will die. They are also not fans of salt.

They can be an indicator on the quality of water. If you notice a number of snails climbing out of the water, its likely that a noticible amount of ammonia or nitrite is present.

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acitydweller - Good point, being hermaphroditic, once fertilized they will remain so for a very long time even without further contact with other mature snails.

This is why I'm segregating them in an attempt to get a true breeding line of the color I like.

Of course the work ethic is the same in all of them, tireless algae eaters. They leave healthy live plants alone and even prune dead leaf stems after I trim plants. They get were my SAEs and Amano shrimp can't.

I always smiler when people freak about snails in their tanks.
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acitydweller - Good point, being hermaphroditic, once fertilized they will remain so for a very long time even without further contact with other mature snails.

This is why I'm segregating them in an attempt to get a true breeding line of the color I like.

Of course the work ethic is the same in all of them, tireless algae eaters. They leave healthy live plants alone and even prune dead leaf stems after I trim plants. They get were my SAEs and Amano shrimp can't.

I always smiler when people freak about snails in their tanks.
lol thanks
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