Hello everyone after reading all of the great posts and experiments people have been doing on the forums I've decided to try my own. It all started when I got 2 nerites for my tank about a month ago, unfortunately they were both females and quickly started laying eggs all over my DW. So I removed them and put them in the tank that I am slowly shutting down. Now that I am ready to fully shut down the tank they are in I went out and grabbed a 1.5 gallon critter carrier (it only has about 1 gal of water in it) and moved over 1 of the female nerites (I can't find the other one hopefully she's still in the tank). I took some of the gravel out of the tank she was in and the tank water, this tank will be unheated for now. Lighting will most likely be ambient room light + a CFL.
The DW that she laid her eggs all over is small and will fit in the tank I just haven't moved it over yet since I am still setting everything up.
I read the nerites will not breed in full saltwater but they will in brackish. If that is true my plan is to get another 1 gallon critter carrier to make complete saltwater and make the one I currently have brackish. I will then get another piece of small DW and when the one in the brackish tank is covered in eggs I will move it into the saltwater tank for them to hatch.
I will supplement food with blanched veggies, algae tabs, and hopefully some homegrown algae. I'll also add some cuttlebone or calcium powder to the tank for shell health.
I will also be getting Java Fern for the brackish aquarium since I heard its ok in salinity up to 1.013. Possibly egeria densa and duckweed as well and hope for the best. I have no filter in this small tank so I'm hoping the plants will help as well as water changes.
I'll aim for 1.008 for the brackish tank (egeria can tolerate that much, and duckweed can go upto 1.010).
I think saltwater is about 1.025 so I guess I'll have to aim for that in the SW tank, but I'm pretty sure no plants will survive so I'll have to maintain that tank with just water changes. I'm thinking about 4 cups a week at least.
I've read a few people attempt this but all of the threads ended with the OP not relaying how well the experiment worked out for them. I plan to follow this until the end. Who knows if it works out maybe I'll be able to do a RAOK or 2.
Anything I can add to the SW tank to help with water quality?
I read I can use aquarium salt to make a brackish tank but not for the SW tank is this true?
I'll be picking up some instant ocean (or something similar) tomorrow as well as the other small piece of DW. Should I add on a battery powered bubbler or will the snails be ok with me manually agitating the water daily?
I'll also grab a cheap hydrometer.
As you can see in the pic below I kept it pretty simple. I think the ramshorn snails that made it into the tank when I was scooping out gravel will most likely die once I start slowly switching it to a brackish tank.