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zebra nerite snails getting it on

I recently got some zebra nerites in my FW tank and they got quick to work getting busy. I saw a pair in breeding configuration and thought it'd be interesting to document the process. The male (snail on top) started to extrude what can only be described as a thin (1 mm) white "sausage links" (each link was about 2-3 mm long) from underneath the anterior portion of his shell. This was directed towards the female. However, things ended here as a ghost shrimp came by and started shoving the "sausage links" into its mouth. I could see the snail trying to pull the links back underneath its shell, but the tenacious ghost shrimp wouldn't let go. I think it ended up eating 1.5 links. I'm not sure what these "sausage link" are, but I can only presume they were packets of sperm. Any ideas?
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Thought I heard somewhere that nerites only breed in brackish water?
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No they breed in freshwater but the babies either don't hatch or don't survive. Someone on another board swears he has baby olive nerites in his FW tank tho.

That pic of the shrimp is hysterical.
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Yup, they'll breed in fresh water, but not successfully, I have also heard of it happening, but it would be considered extremely rare, if at all.
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RCS getting it on. They seem to fly around the entire tank together... like super rough.
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I had olive nerites hatch in my freshwater aquarium. I have a bunch of them and they are very much alive and have been living for months. So it is possible, I guess they just require special conditions. I posted a pic of one of my babies on another thread about nerites on here somewhere. . . . . . .
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haha nice pics...I love that ghost shrimp trying to get in on the snail action. What a perv.
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Yes, Nerites emit the "sausage links" during sex and it is quite possible the deed has already been done. Here is a good thread on Nerites mating, their "goods" (page 4), and other useful information: http://www.applesnail.net/forum3/vie...p?f=30&t=18327

Great description and pictures you have.


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I have zebras & now I have little white eggs all over the place!
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I have zebras & now I have little white eggs all over the place!
Yeah, I've started to notice that too. I haven't attempted to clean them off yet, so hopefully they will just break down on their own or something will eat them. If not, I hope they aren't as big a pain to remove as most people make it seem.
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Yeah, I've started to notice that too. I haven't attempted to clean them off yet, so hopefully they will just break down on their own or something will eat them. If not, I hope they aren't as big a pain to remove as most people make it seem.
The white egg will break off but the ring will not, at least not for a while. On glass it is easy to scrape the eggs off with a utility blade. On DW it is a true pain.


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Does anyone know how long nerite eggs are viable in FW? That is, how long can they be in FW before being moved to brackish or SW and still develop into veligers?

I've read a posting on another forum in which a breeder says he always has his nerites lay eggs on ornaments/DW in FW and then moves the egg-laden object a few days later into a brackish tank for development and they seem to do fine.
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