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Old 07-22-2014, 03:35 PM   #1 
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Fun with Ramshorns

It looks like I got Ramshorn snails (or rather, their eggs) in with some plants that I bought recently. They've hatched out and now I have all these little snails scooting around the still-cycling 10g tank. I gave it a water change and dosed it with prime to keep the toxicity levels down, since I'd like to keep them. They're super cute and my roommate has fallen in love with the little dudes. I don't overfeed, so I'm not worried about them being a huge nuisance when it's time to add Mr. Phoenix when he and the tank are ready.

Right now it's impossible to tell their color, but the person I got the plants from said he had pink, blue, and speckled ones. I'm particularly hoping for blue, but pink would rock, too.

The pet store might take them for credit if they're especially pretty...and I also think they're interesting...so, have any of you bred these guys on purpose before? If so, how does it work? How long do they take to reach maturity? Do they have any special needs aside from food, substrate, and clean water? Any temperature preference or anything like that?

I found some general information articles online, but most of them were just "Ew, pests!" or "They're so misunderstood!" and I wanted something a bit more specific.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:47 PM   #2 
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They live 2-4 years so they will be mature in 3-6 months, they can eat betta food but will prefer algea wafers, the only real need other than listed is there can't be any dissolved copper in the water.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:16 PM   #3 
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Excellent, thanks. I'm going to make a shredded carrot trap tonight and see if I can tell colors yet.
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They MAY also eat lettuce, cucumber, or zucchini
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:22 PM   #5 
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Someone also recommended spinach. Hmm, I have a box of it that's starting to get a bit soft for sandwiches.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:19 PM   #6 
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Mine LOVE fresh cut cucumber. I would put it on a veggi clip and they literately come swarming after the slice.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:59 PM   #7 
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I bought an organic cucumber from the grocery store on the way home, so I have bait...but I'm thinking they're all super transparent so far. Hmmm. How long until color shows up?

EDIT: I put it in anyway, to give them something yummy to eat. It'll be fun to see what turns up by morning.

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Old 07-22-2014, 11:46 PM   #8 
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Is the cucumber clipped down or held down by something? If it's just floating you might not have much luck with them going for it since they don't normally float around after food.
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Haha, somehow I hadn't realized they float until I tried dropping it in. Ended up securing it with a couple of rocks, leaving the majority of it exposed.
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Yeah, I didn't know that either but luckily my mom bought a clip for me. How are they doing with the cucumber, are they all on it like flies to a light?
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