So Im trying to figure out if my blue mystery snail eggs are gonna hatch. I have had several mystery snails and this is the first time this has happened. This is the second clutch of eggs it has layed I threw away the first set. I only have one snail in the aquarium.Would like to try & hatch this clutch of eggs.Any help would be greatly appreciated. He/She layed them on the lid of the aquarium.Help please
So long as the egg clutch gets a little moisture, nature will do the rest. Usually an aquarium with a full hood and a few bubbles will provide enough above-surface moisture. It takes a couple of weeks for the clutch to start hatching. It just sort of falls apart and the baby snails sink to the bottom. They're very small so you may not see them for a few weeks. Make sure to use something like Rid Metals to neutralize copper, because it's toxic to mystery snails. A small piece of cuddle bone like they have in bird cages will provide enough calcium to keep their shells healthy. People sometimes sell mystery snail egg clutches on Aquabid.com.
I learned something the other day about keeping them the right moisture.
Get a sponge like you have in your filter, (sponge, not filter media) put it in a tupperware bowl, put a little water in the bottom, and lay the clutch on top of the sponge, and float the tupperware in the tank. Supposedly it keeps the eggs at just the right wetness, and if you have fish in the tank, less chance of them being eaten.
Thanks so much for your info! I have been doing some research and I keep getting conflicting info that eggs will or wont hatch since the snail is by its self. I would like to know if I could remove them and have the hatch somewhere else. They are kinda glued to the top of the lid. If I take them off will that ruin them? I have so many questions I have a small critter keeper that use to house crickets in I thought might be ideal. I have a fairly small tank 5 gallons with 1 betta fish. Im not sure if my betta would eat the baby snails. Plus how would I get them out once they have hatched. Also would the small tank be sufficent enough for all the baby snails.I wouldnt want to hurt or kill any of them trying to get them out. My local fish store said they would buy them once they hatch. Any advice would be helpful.Thanks so much
Well, my snails eggs were fertilized and they haven't hatched yet, (she has laid about 12 clutches ), but she is the only mystery snail in there now.
If you just get the thinnest butter knife you can find and can just kind of pop them off the lid, you should be alright.
Make sure you clean the cricket holder out really well before you use it. Do not use soap, use a 10:1 bleach soultion or vingear mixed with water and rinse really well. If you do use the bleach, soak it overnight in water with 5 times the dechlorinator.
I have 2 bettas that would eat the snails, and 2 that wouldn't, so it just depends. If you let them hatch in their own area, then the betta can't get to them.
Each snail, when it gets bigger, will need 2.5 gallons to itself, so you will have to find something to do with the babies eventually (like the LFS). To get them out, you cold just dump them in. My mystery likes to fall from heights, so I don't think it would be bad for them LOL.
PLZ ANSWER ok i went to pet co and got some plants for my 20 gallon tank on the front of the bag says clearly SNAIL FREE! 2 weeks later i see a tiny brown snail flushed it because i dont want a snail in my tank. i cant find the eggs and i heard that there are 200 eggs in one batch and then were are the rest and how do i stop them from hatching or multiplying
P.S FOR SOME REASON I AM TERRIFIED OF SNAILS
"snail free" is a pretty bold claim to make and a hard one to discredit.
Once you have snails, you have several options to rid your tank of them.
1. Chemical counter-measure: copper sulphate (also available at pet stores) kills snails but it also harms some live plants and fish too. Dead snails in your water adds risk of toxifying your tank.
2. Biological counter measure: assassin snails and/or pea puffer fish will control the population by eating them. Many hobbyists recommend assassins (dirty deeds done dirt cheap).
3. Start over: empty and wash your tank out, boil and rinse your gravel and decor, restart your water cycle. Some may suggest changing your filter media.
4. Starve them: cut back on feeding. Snails eat uneaten fish food. this may not irradicate snails from your tank, but it will control their numbers.
Prevention: you can read up on how some hobbyists will give their plants a bleach bath before introducing them to an established tank. Yes, a diluted bleach solution! Search the internet for more info.
You can also spend some time looking for snails in the tank you're buying your plants from. Really, the only way to successfully dispute a "snail free" claim is by finding them in the plant tank...
I HAD A SNAIL AND IT LAY 2 CLUTCHES AND I WAITED ABOUT 1 MONTH OR SO AND THE DIDN'T HATCH SO I GOT A BUTTER KNIFE AND AND CAREFULLY TRIED TO PEEL THEM OFF AND I GOT THEN OFF BUT IT FELL INTO LITTLE PART SO I PUT IT INTO A BOWL AND THERE WERE LITTLE SNAIL SHELLS IN IT SO I HELD IT UP TO THE LIGHT AND THERE WAS NO INSIDE SO WERE THEY A LIFE OR NOT????
ANY HELP WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR NEXT TIME I HAVE SNAILS THANKS
u mean that the after some days u found only the shells of the snails... right...?
this is cause of the reason that they did not got enough moisture so they dried up....
Next time make sure that they get enough wetness & moisture.....
Have mercy on him give em away or back to the Pet stores how could ya
When I was in college I had a great idea to save some money and buy a bag of playground sand from walmart for substrate. About a month later my entire tank was overrun with baby snails. I did a little research and found out that Clown loaches love to eat snails. Clowns loaches are really cool fish they are ferocious eaters, look really cool and have a good personality. So if you get some snails in your tank you don't want then just get some clowns and they will take care of the problem.
That's what I was thinking, why isn't anyone telling this guy who is hilariously terrified of snails to get some loaches!
you can get rid of them by buying fish that eat snails naturally like loaches etc, i would do that since its less of a hassle that way
Clown loaches grow very large and should not be kept in a tank less than 50 gallons. Look them up and see how large and fast they grow.
Snails are hermaphrodites; both male and female in the same body. 2 snails equal a billion snails in no time!
I've got 5 mystery snails in my 350 gallon pond and they have been happily going at it for a couple months now and there are at least 3 clusters of eggs on the cattails. Just waiting to see how long before they hatch. They may be food for the fish, or not.
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Also all snails are not hermaphrodites, pomacea diffusa most commonly referred to as mystery snails need a male and female to breed.
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If you can put clown loaches in your tank they will eat the small snails. I had a whole bunch come home to off so live plants and I got some clown loaches and they eat all of them!!
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Check out my video on YouTube so next time you have a clutch you can actually make a hatchery nd help them hatch. Search up Nerdy Simba nd check out my videos of my mystery snails nd i have a video explaining how to make a hatchery
My 12 year old son has had 2 clutches of snail eggs. the first he knows he damaged. The second is in a thing that looks like a bullet abount one to one 1/2 inches in length. He put it on a wet paper towel inside a ziplock back so it would float on top of the water. However, it has been floating for about a month with nothing hatching. what should he have done or do next time?? thank you for your help
This is an old thread, but just quickly, the eggs need air. Start a new question.
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