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Old 02-01-2012, 09:11 PM   #1 
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Accidental Breeding

So, when I do my water changes, I stick my two mystery snails in a cup so I dont crush or suck them up... But I've always wondered if they're male and female because one of them got a lot bigger and the other not so much. I forgot them in that cup for a day and a half once and nothing happened so I guessed not. But today, they were in there during my 10 min water change and there they were embraced after. So I guess they are, I was going to try breeding them eventually (they couldn't in tank because it's divided so that's why I just fouind out) I have already looked at the breeding info for mystery snails but I will review it because I guess I'm having more of them! If any of you have any tips for breeding and hatching them please add them in. Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:27 PM   #2 
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All I know is that they lay their eggs above the water line.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:34 PM   #3 
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I also know that it's very easy for your tank to become overrun with snails lol! Best of luck...and here I was thinking my ONE snail poops a lot haha!
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:40 PM   #4 
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Not really sure:

I think snails are .... double sex(?) ... but will only play one role. So you don't have to worry about sexing them. Just put 2 in the same tank and they will spawn. They often lay eggs above water level ... then just wait. As far as I know, snails reproduce like crazy (any kind) and will easily overrun your tank.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:48 PM   #5 
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Here is some info I got from this page

http://www.aqua-fish.net/show.php?h=mysterysnails

Breeding:

Unlike most snails these are not hermaphroditic (asexual), you will need at least 1 male and 1 female for breeding success. The male has a penal tube similar to its breathing siphon tube that is used purely for this purpose. When they pair up the male will insert the tube under the females shell and enter her body. It is quite often that you will see the female carrying the male about on the back of her shell. Eggs are normally laid at night out of the water and in a clutch averaging anywhere from 200-600 eggs at a time.
In my breeding setup I used a 10 gallon tank, filling it up halfway.

For aeration, filtration a double sponge filter was added and a temp of 26įC was set. I placed the tank in a dimly lit place adding a watertight lid to prevent any escapees.

Eggs once laid would be expected to hatch out after 2 weeks sometimes 3 weeks but the young couldn’t be easier to feed, basically they were given the same diet as the adults.

As a matter of habit I doubled the water changes to reduce any risk of mortalities but these were normally very few, and to be honest, a newly hatched snail is not the easiest thing to find if it does not survive.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:12 PM   #6 
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Ok that helped :), no eggs yet though. Still waiting...
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Generally the male is pretty noticeable. My friend has a male who sticks his man-part out of his shell and waves it all over the place. It is very long and blue.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:38 PM   #8 
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Generally the male is pretty noticeable. My friend has a male who sticks his man-part out of his shell and waves it all over the place. It is very long and blue.
Haha, thanks. They are definitely male and female, just no eggs yet
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