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Old 06-19-2010, 02:32 PM   #1 
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OT: Mystery Snails Reproduced!

Hello everyone,

I have 2 mystery snails (1 each in a divided Betta tank). One day when I came home from work I found one snail had somehow crossed/climbed over the divider.

"Interesting." I though. I let them be. Lo and behold about 2 weeks later I found one very small snail climbing on an ornament. At first I thought it was a bug but looked closer and saw it had a shell.

I'm not sure how many there are now since they are so tiny. What should I do? Should I remove them? Or let nature take its course and see what happens?
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:45 PM   #2 
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Chances are that your bettas will eat some of the babies, but there could possibly be hundreds soon if you don't do something. I advise trying to make a dent in the population of babies by tossing a piece of lettus into the tank, turning off the lights, then taking it out when it has some of the babies on it.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:51 PM   #3 
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Lol those snails must have had a Loooooong night LOL but I agree with JKfish The bettas will eatem up 8)
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:36 AM   #4 
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Thanks for the advice guys!

My ghost shrimp is pregnant now. sheesh!
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:49 AM   #5 
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How big is your tank?

The bettas may eat some of the smaller snails but the rest will need to find new homes unless you have a tank big enough to support them all. Remember that mystery snails are heavy waste producers so they have almost the same requirements as a betta, which you will need to take into consideration when you think about your stocking level.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:04 PM   #6 
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I have a 5 gallon tank divided in 2. I caught one with a turkey baster. I've only seen one so far and that may or may not be the one I keep seeing. I doubt snails give off just one offspring, so I will do the "lettuce test." Would a spinach leave work as well?
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Yup, a spinich leaf would be perfect. Just remember to leave it in there a while before checking to see if you've got many snails
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