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Old 04-13-2013, 07:07 PM   #1 
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My nerite snails had babies?!

So I was talking with A friend when I noticed a small insect like thing crawling on my glass. I thought it was a bug or something so I quickly picked it up out of my tank and realized it had a shell, and was a baby nerite snail!


I'm not sure how they reproduced, since I just have a freshwater 20g planted tank. I currently have 10 (now 11 :p) olive nerite snails in my aquarium with my betta fish. I add prime, stress zyme, and have been doing weekly 50% water changes. Is this a bad sign? Should I be worried about my female betta trying to eat him or something? He's pretty tiny.

Any help is appreciated!
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:14 PM   #2 
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Are you sure it's not a pond snail or something that came with a plant? It seems weird they'd only have one baby...or are there more?
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Well, I added all my plants and snails on the same day around 2 weeks ago. If it came with a few extra snails, I think I would have spotted them by now so I'm pretty sure its a nerite. I also haven't added anything to the system since then.

Also as you may or may not be able to tell in the photo, it has a very small olive colored shell just like the fully grown olive nerite's. It looks exactly like them except a baby version, lol. From what I can tell there is just one of these babies in the tank but I'm keeping my eye out for more.

Also, my PH, Ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels have all been normal.. nothing out of the ordinary. I'm going to test again today though.
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baby pond snails are pretty tiny and can be easily missed ^_^
wait till they grow up a bit for a proper ID~
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Alright then, I may very well be wrong. Will they have the shell like the nerites though?
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Well that's totally weird...
But at least you got a free snail either way! =)
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:26 PM   #7 
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when they're that small it's hard to tell ^_^
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:36 PM   #8 
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That may very well be the case. Thanks for the help! I'll keep an eye on him and lookout for any more =] He's super fast so I've already lost track of him lol
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yes, my pond snail had bands on the shell like a zebra nerite
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:59 AM   #10 
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From what I've been told, nerites cannot reproduce in fresh water. They may lay eggs but they won't hatch.

Edit: I've also been told it can take weeks for ramshorns (pest snails) eggs to hatch. They hatch faster in warmer temps but it can still take like 2 weeks. Snails are the most common reason why people QT plants. Those will reproduce like crazy but they can benefit the aquarium if the population is kept in check. They reproduce faster if the tank isn't kept clean. The more algae and debris, the more food there is for them which = more snails.

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