Mysterious Baby Mystery Snail - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-03-2019, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Mysterious Baby Mystery Snail

I was cleaning my five gallon that houses my plakat, Dipper, and a mystery snail named Jerry when I made a new discovery. An itsy bitsy baby mystery snail. He is tiny, almost completely transparent with little speckles of color on his shell. My initial thought was my first pest snail, but it's definitely a mystery snail upon closer inspection.

The thing is, I never noticed any eggs. I searched the whole tank and only found the lone baby. Jerry has been living in the tank for about two months now. I have not introduced any new plants since before Jerry's arrival. Jerry must have had eggs somewhere and Dipper munched them before I noticed, leaving too little to notice.

Do I need to do anything regarding care about this new arrival or do I just leave it be and continue as usual? Dipper is a very peaceful fish and doesn't bother momma snail at all and I haven't seen him take notice of the baby yet.
Tried to get a picture, but he was too far back and tiny to really see on camera, only got one semi-decent one where he doesn't look like a speck. Best I could do, hopefully it translates well on here.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-04-2019, 04:20 AM
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Mystery snails lay their eggs above the water line in a tank. The eggs could have very easily been laid on the underside of the tank lip, a place where you would never have noticed them.
https://floridamysterysnails.com/mys...g-development/

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I was aware that they lay above the water, but there's only a small space between my lid and water so any eggs laid would still be within reach of a hungry betta. I looked everywhere for signs of eggs and couldn't find any, though it is possible I just can't/couldn't see them. It still seems as of today that only this little guy made it.
It was interesting seeing the clutches in the link you posted and you'd think I would notice something like that, but nope. It will be fun to raise it up from a baby, as long as I don't fudge anything. Should I be adding more calcium or anything to the water? I currently just have crushed oyster shell in the filter compartment for Jerry, though honestly I don't even know if that's adequate.
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I would spread the oyster shell around the tank. There are liquid calcium supplements but they are expensive when you can use oyster shell or egg shell. I'm almost positive the snails must ingest the calcium to do them any good. But I may be wrong. Good luck with this little guy.
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Thank you, I will do that! I always have plenty of crushed oyster and egg shells since I have chickens so I probably won't buy the liquid unless I notice they need it.
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Update: It's twins.
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Where there is one with snails there are more. LOL
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Where there is one with snails there are more. LOL
Yep. The horde is emerging.
I have no idea where the eggs are still, I've searched high and low. The only thing I can figure is they're behind the heater in the corner where I can't get to. Now I have to figure out what to do with all them.
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well that is a problem. What else do you have in the tank? Large Mystery snails require 1/3 gallon of space.
Do you have another small tank as a holding tank? You could sell them or ask your Pet shop if they would want them. Being Mystery snails they are a wanted variety so your local Fish store may want them . But with out a good food source in the tank they are in or a new tank they will die.
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I do have a tank I can hold them in until they grow out a little, and I have algae wafers they can feed on if that will do. My friend works the fish dept at PetSmart, so I'm hoping she can get them in, if not I will have to take them an hour to the closest lfs. They're tiny right now, so I should have a little time to get them sorted. If neither store can take them, then I'll really have a problem, but hopefully one of them will. Dang snails.
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