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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Caring for apple snail eggs?

I thought my apple snails were both female, so I wasn't expecting a clutch of eggs to be attached to the hood of the tank this morning. Is there any special way to care for them, or should I just leave them be until they hatch? Also if anyone in the Jacksonville, FL area wants some of the babies once they're big enough they are up for grabs. I just don't have the space for any more. I won't charge for them but would appreciate gas money if I'm meeting you somewhere.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 03:55 PM
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You can just leave them there if you want and they'll do okay. The humidity in the tank will keep them hydrated if they aren't too close to the light. And when they hatch they will fall into the water.

Some people remove them and use a raft with styro and plastic canvas.

Some people do the raft in margarine containers.

Just depends how you want to do it. Or IF you want to do it. It's not easy taking care of hundreds of snails.

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What should I do when I take the hood off to change the water, just mist them or something?
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Mist would be okay if you want, but don't spray. Too much water and the adhesion will be loosened.

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Lol, I have a few apples from nyxkitten in two of my tanks. I am about to set up a shrimp tank at the office and wouldn't mind getting some from you for that tank, as well as supplementing the stock in the existing tanks!

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I've only started adding 1 apple snail to each shrimp tank and have already noticed a huge improvement in how active the shrimp have become. Plus they do a great job cleaning the substrate of any uneaten food.

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Would a single apple snail do okay in a 6 gallon shrimp tank?
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Heck yeah.

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A dead apple snail can foul up a tank pretty fast. Make sure they're alive daily.

Hatching baby snails is fun.

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mistergreen brought up a good point. When these snails die, it's like an ammonia bomb has been set off in the tank. Thankfully it doesn't happen too often, and they only die once.

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I'm really starting to like some of the snails. I'm deciding between a blue ramshorn or an apple snail for the shrimp tank
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Lol, I have a few apples from nyxkitten in two of my tanks. I am about to set up a shrimp tank at the office and wouldn't mind getting some from you for that tank, as well as supplementing the stock in the existing tanks!
Awesome! I'll PM you when/if they hatch.
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I'm really starting to like some of the snails. I'm deciding between a blue ramshorn or an apple snail for the shrimp tank
Add both.

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I made a raft when I hatched mine a few years ago. I didn't even mist mine, it the raft setup was in a bowl of water on my desk. When they hatched they crawled to the water. I had probably 60% success rate. I don't know if that's good or terrible.
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I just started trying to breed them again. This time for myself. I seem to have many tanks that could use them.

I used to just let the eggs lay where they were on the side of the glass, and they would hatch with no probs. We'll see if I'm that lucky this time if I get a clutch. heh

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