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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-16-2013, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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My snails are parents! Need help please!

So, I have had my blue ramshorns for about a week. There are two of them, and the laid eggs last night. I guess I got lucky that it turned out a breeding pair. Anyways, they are in a container so I can put them back into my 10gal, but I don' want to raise the babies in that. How do I transfer the egg sac to another tank?
Oh, and on average, how many babies can be in one batch of eggs.
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My ramshorns are only .7-.9 centimeters wide/long.
Both seem to stick by the sac all day.
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I'm not an expert on snails but I will share with you what I know from school 20 years ago. First off, snails breed like mad. There is no such thing as breeding pair. There is no male and no female. Snails are asexual, meaning they have both male and female parts which makes them hermaphrodites. You put two together of the same species and you will most definitely have offspring. Like I said, they breed like crazy. Soon enough you will have more snails than what you know to do with them. Start giving some away and try to only have one at a time if you don't want to deal with the 100 soon. I'm not sure on what to do with the transfering of the eggs. maybe someone else will chime in and help you out. Good look with the babies!


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Not all snails are hermaphrodites... Apple, mystery, rabbit, etc are all one sex or the other. Ramshorn, pond, and MTS are hermaphrodites.

I don't know how you would remove a ramshorn's egg sack... They're pretty sticky and I would think that moving them would cause damage. Usually there are around ten babies per sack.
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Thanks guys, but the mystery snail eggs are almost three weeks old and the ramshorn eggs are gone.

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Good to know, I learned something here. What are the advantages of having snails in an aquarium? I never liked them but I am curious.


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