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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Probably won't work----breeding nerites?

I have decided to go all natural in my 5 gallon which means removing the silk plants that my nerite snail had laid eggs on about a week or so ago.

I had the brilliant idea of trying to hatch the eggs so I put them in a 2 gallon full of "brackish" water.

The "brackish" water is 2 gallons, no filter, un-aerated, treated with Prime and a heaping tablespoon of aquarium salt.

What are the chances they will hatch?

Do you think the eggs were too old to hatch?

How often should I change the water?

Should I put in an airstone or something?
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Nerite snails are VERY easy to breed.
I don't know if aquarium salt will cut it though, if your water is very hard it might. I'd try it first but if you have no success I'd move onto an actual saltwater mineral mix.

However I don't know if they will hatch if you place them in it now. But I would try it for sure! Snail eggs are crazy hardy so it won't hurt to try! I'd start doing water changes once they hatch, if there's a ton of babies more often than if there's not a lot of babies. I'd keep them in the salty water and gradually transition them to fresh once they gain some size.
Good luck!
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ooooh, thanks! If it doesn't work this time I will be ready for the next batch!
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The problem with nerites is that the hatchlings are actually larvae and feed on microscopic marine algae. Nerite snails are one of the few aquatic animals available (if not the only ones) that live in freshwater, brackish and marine enivronments.

I'd suggest having a look on google if you're serious about trying this as it does come up with lots of good stuff as I honestly have no idea how one would really go about succesfully raising these things... it may be possible to raise them without going through the marine route but again I'm not entirely sure.

I do wish you luck though :D

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