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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-26-2007, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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What the %&$* is THIS???

We went down to NYC for the holiday this weekend, and when I came back, this bizzare egg pod thing was on the inside of the tank. It's above the water line, but not by much. It's pinkish/coral in color, and looks soft (but I am NOT going to touch it)

Does anyone know what it might be? I'm thinking it's either some kind of scary insect (in which case I'm going to flush it) or my mystery snail laid eggs (in which case I'll keep it)

The pic was taken with my bad camera, I left the good one at mom's house, so it's an awful pic, but hopefully someone will be able to ID this thing. There's not any cobweb stuff like the pic would suggest, the tank is clean except for that pod.

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Lol title sound like you found a alien scorpion in your tank..

Im guess you have apple snails/mystery snails in your tank?. those are Regular apple snail eggs

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I DID think it was some weird alien thing... lol, I was NOT expecting that when I opened the tank tonight upon returning home!!

Thanks FB, that's what I was thinking, but I needed to be sure before I left the thing there...

Do I have to keep the water line below that pod in order for the snails to survive? The tank needs a re-fill but I don't want to drown the eggs. How long till the eggs hatch? Anything special I have to do to care for the little snails?
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Yea keeep the waterline below the egg, hatcing? maybe a week im not sure.
but when they do hatch they crack open and just plop down into the water

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it takes close to a month to hatch... All my little baby apple snail died but I wasn't sure why. They might have been eaten... For a higher survival rate, people suggest taking the egg case and put it on an egg crate mesh thing on top of a smaller tank.


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that is very disturbing to look at. I can only imagine what my GF would do if she woke up and that thing was sitting in our tank.

note to self - no apple snails.


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some snail eggs are in the form like that. i used to have some golden (apple?) snail in my old pond and the eggs are exactly like that but in pink color.


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Thx for the info guys! I'm going to move the egg sac to my 10 gal that just has guppies in it. I figure the little snails will be much safer/happier there than in the big tank with rams and such in it. Also, I can keep the water level lower in the 10 gal without causing as much havoc as in the big planted tank.
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