Mystery snail laid eggs...not sure what to do?

We have 3 Mystery snails in a 20 gallon tank. One just laid the first clutch of eggs under the plastic lid. I'm not sure if we want these to hatch as we are happy with the three we have. Our tank also has 3 tetras (black skirt size), 4 guppies, 2 African dwarf frogs, 3 Amano shrimp, and 2 platys. Will any of these help control the snail population if the eggs hatch? Should we let nature take its course or move the clutch elsewhere? Also, our lid is a little difficult to Open at times and our snail was laying the clutch when we opened to feed the fish, she feel and laid a few in the water. This is when we discovered the clutch.

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6 days ago #2
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I would remove it. They will just keep making more and more babies until they take over. Mystery snails are able to change their gender to make more babies. You can remove it place it in a Ziploc bag and freeze it then discard if you wish. Or you will start seeing hundreds in your tank.

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6 days ago #3
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Thank you. Is there anywhere I could donate them maybe instead of discarding? Will fish eat them if I put it in the water?

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6 days ago #4
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I'm pretty sure they will not. There may be some fish who might eat them once they are hatched, maybe like a puffer fish crunch on the shell or large goldfish may suck them out, but I am not 100% sure. It may be hard to give them away or donate them as they are easy to reproduce. Do mot throw them out into a pond or the wild as this will mess up the ecosystem. Most humane way to do it is to just freeze them unless you can find someone who may want them.

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6 days ago #5
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Mystery snails do not change their gender! Male or female always.

Fresh laid eggs are basically like chicken eggs you eat for breakfast, only tinier. They are empty, except for the developing embryo. There is no visible snail in there, so putting them in the freezer is the best way to get rid of them. After a couple of days, throw them away.

You could advertise the clutches on aquabid.com, but unless you have something special color wise, they won't sell. But that includes shipping and quarantees etc.

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6 days ago #6
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Sorry, I really thought they could. Isn't there one that can? Trying to obtain and remember!

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6 days ago #7
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Snails don't change their gender at all.
In one clutch their can be up to 200 babies, which will quickly overpopulate your tank. You can freeze them for a couple of days then throw away like carley said, or you can just flush them. That's what I do. Its quicker for me, and the clutchs embryos die once underwater for more than 5 minutes. No snails in There.

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