07-11-2013, 03:18 AM
Wow, been about 3 months since I updated this thread. I guess there's a reason for that... no babies. lol
Since that's been the case, I decided to change directions a bit. For one, I've done some more reading on breeding Zebra Nerites... seems as though there's conflicting information out there about how to go about it. Apparently, there has been success with housing the snails in a freshwater tank, allowing them to lay eggs on any ornaments, removing the ornament and placing it in complete salt water and wait until the eggs hatch.
I've been working over the last week to bring the brackish tank into the freshwater realm. I'm also going to swap out the substrate with either bare-bottom or play sand, rather than the crushed coral that's in there now.
As for the rabbit snail tank, I decided to purchase some RCS (20 of them about a few weeks ago) and attempt to breed them along with the rabbits (since they're extremely slow at growing). Well, I received the 20 RCS (many were juveniles) on May 14. Now I have at least 38+ of them swimming/crawling around in there, along with my snails. It's difficult to count them all, since I have a ridiculous amount of frog bit in there, with roots hanging all the way to the substrate. That stuff grows like crazy... and looks horrible in a 10gal tank. I'm going to remove it and just grow duckweed in there, instead. Makes more sense in a smaller tank.
Anyway, I purchased a macro lens for my camera and wanted to give it a whirl. Here are my attempts in the Rabbit/RCS 10gal breeder, during feeding time.
Here's a good amount of them chowing down on some pellets:
The babies are picking up the scraps and the rabbits begin to descend into feeding territory:
Here's a close-up of the biggest rabbit in the tank:
And here you can see how my RCS treat the Rabbits... One's hitching a ride while eating a pellet on its' back (lol):
I'd post pics of the Nerite tank, but it's relatively boring - nothing's happening. When I switch things up I'll post the change.
08-11-2013, 03:45 AM
You have inspired me to set up a tank again for some of these snails! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures in snail farming!
I have done some research into nerite breeding before so feel free to ask any questions. Please keep posting!
08-11-2013, 05:03 AM
Hey Roachant, glad I could inspire someone. lol =]
Still no Zebra Nerite snails, yet, but my RCS population has exploded. It's literally doubled in size since a month ago and I now have about 80+. I'm going to move some of them into my 40gal breeder, where I have BN plecos, and see if I can get them going in two tanks, instead of just the one.
The Zebra Nerite tank is now completely freshwater and I'm finally getting some good algae growth in there (which should stimulate growth - the more algae the more suitable for babies, so they probably won't hesitate to lay more eggs, etc). Oh, and I'm now getting crazy plant growth, as well. My Java Ferns are propagating like I've never seen a plant propagate before... it's shooting off sister plants like there's no tomorrow. While they can live in brackish water... this never happened, so while they can survive in brackish water, I don't think they could ever thrive (the Ferns, I mean).
I think I'm going to extract one of the rocks next week and attempt to hatch some babies in a 1gal saltwater tank. We'll see how it goes.
Wish me luck!