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Old 05-28-2013, 11:22 PM   #9421 
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Mystery snails aren't what comes in on plants. Those are pond snails or ramshorns which are hermaphrodites and breed prolifically.

I QTed my plants to remove the ramshorns and got a Nerite snail instead. Those are actually male or female and their eggs cannot hatch in freshwater.

Edit: I don't know much about mystery snails but I don't THINK they are hermaphrodites... If you're removing eggs and stuff then you are already practicing population control. If they suddenly multiply like crazy, it's an indicator of an unclean tank (too much algae and debris - they feed on dead plant matter and stuff).

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:24 PM   #9422 
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How do you tell a male from a female mystery snail?
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:27 PM   #9423 
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Females lay eggs? Lol.

The only reason I know my Nerite is a girl is because she laid eggs in her previous owners tank :) if you google it, there MIGHT be other ways to sex mystery snails...
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:39 PM   #9424 
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Blah. my female just kicked the bucket. Ugh.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #9425 
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My ten gallon sorority. 6 females. ive onyl named 2 though lol. but uhm... i have 1 that looks to be born missing an eye and she is so fiesty i absolutley love her!!! :D she is the reason i bought the other 3 and took the 2 from their tanks and made the sorority. i needed her lol, but i didnthave that many tanks! so i bought her and 3 other females. and then my 2 at home and started a sorority, i didnt needto buy much because i alsready had all these fake/live plants and hidey holes. but the girls share the tank with a chinese algae eater and a sinlge glass catfish. they weredoing well for several months but for some reason they recently started nipping eafhothers tails... im hoping theyll get over it, i lovehaveing bettas with prisitne fins. the big pink on int he btototm picture, notice on that side there is no eye? but she never has nips in her fins so i assume she follows around my 2 yr old betta, the big boss! lol.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:33 PM   #9426 
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MistersMom, the dark girl with the split caudal fin looks like two of my girls right now, lol. They kind of look like DTs xD
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #9427 
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Lol, ikr? it irks me that her fin has been nipped! lol.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #9428 
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My purple girl had that nip from shipping and they just won't let it fully heal, lol, and now Daihatsu, one of my red dragons, has almost an identical nip.

It honestly doesn't bother me. If it did, I would put them all in their own separate tanks and not in a sorority. I am just glad that my parameters have all been good and there hasn't been any rot..
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:02 PM   #9429 
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Yes, that is something to be thanful for.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #9430 
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I honestly see the nips as a reflection of the girls' feisty personalities. I mean, there's been no real severe harm, just little nips. I've only seen one of my girls tail-slap and I see a little bit of chasing but not much and not often. My three dragon girls are siblings and they act like siblings do. They pick on each other but at the end of the day, they have each others' backs.

Anyways, your girl's caudal looks more like a straight tear than a chunk missing like mine so it should heal up quickly, but if it doesn't, then she can just pretend to be a DT and I'm sure that's fine with her :p
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