I got my NPT tank set up maybe two weeks ago. My fish, pleco, & snails seem quite happy. In fact I noticed a bunch of white spots on the front of my tank just hours after cleaning it. I was freaking out, but had some help to calm down and found out it was nothing serious. My tiger Nerite snails had just beed busy and laid me a few eggs. Quite a few really, in just one small section yesterday I was able to count 60-70 eggs. The number nearly doubled overnight. My fiance bought me these snails because they are not supposed to breed in freshwater. I'm not complaining about the eggs, at $3 a piece I will take some free nerites if I can make them hatch and keep them alive.
I did some research yesterday, but as with most things came up with very different options. I was wondering if anyone here had experience with hatching nerite eggs and any advice to offer me. I've read 2 basic different theories: 1- freshwater nerite can and will breed in fw. I've read of these eggs hatching and baby snails growing to at least the size of a pencil eraser if left alone & given food to eat. 2- freshwater nerites will lay eggs in fw, but they won't hatch & if they do the snails die within a couple days. With this one I am to move the eggs (on the decorations they were laid on) to a saltwater tank. Let them hatch there and once their shells start forming move them to brackish water. After a time (I don't remember exactly, but have it saved) I am to go through a months long process of acclimating them to fresh water again.
Right now I am thinking of doing both. I have eggs everywhere. On plants, various decorations, & the glass of the aquarium. I was thinking I would set up one of my empty 10 gallons as saltwater and move a few decorations covered in eggs over there & leave the ones on the plants & glass in the fw aquarium.
Any tips or advice is welcome!
A few of my eggies: