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  1. Default Breeding snails for loaches

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    So last night, I got a little bored and went over to PetSmart. Spoke to one of the guys that worked in the aquarium dept and he gave me a few of the miniscule snails that I know my loaches love to eat. I have a seperate 20 gallon tank that's been empty that I recently filled up with the water from my 55 gallon and have one of the filters from my 55gallon running on it as well. I was wondering if anyone else has done this and what kind of things I can do to make them breed in the least time possible. I think I'm going to make this 20 gallon tank a breeding tank for the snails to feed to my loaches, since I know they multiply like roaches and also possibly make it a medication tank as well for sick fish.

    I have currently about 7 of the really small snails in there right now. I know they feed on lettuce, but is there anything else? Also, this morning I noticed there were tiny larvae looking things that looked like they were swimming up. Could this be from some gnat in my house in the 55-60 degree Florida weather, from the snails, or somehow came with one of the snails? They almost look like the same kind of larvae that comes from mosquitos, really quick.

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    Snails like veggies like squash, broccoli, cauliflower, etc....I think the easiest thing to feed them would be algae wafers though, they love idea what your larvae could be
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Snails like veggies like squash, broccoli, cauliflower, etc....I think the easiest thing to feed them would be algae wafers though, they love idea what your larvae could be
    I put in a little piece of the algae wafer that my loaches prefer the most in the snail tank. Hoping to see all of the snails come out of their hiding and snatch it up within the next few hours. Wondering how long it takes them to lay eggs and start growing more. I only have a hornwort plant, probably about 4-5 inches in there at the moment.

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    What kind of "miniscule" snails are these, do you have any idea? maybe pond snails?
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal

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    Snails do seem to love algae wafers. Pond snails should be easy and prolific breeders - probably faster in a tropical tank (as opposed to a coldwater set-up).
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    I believe snails, like many fish, breed when water conditions are ideal. From experience warmer water appears to help, like someone mentioned in a tropical setup. Algae works great, should be able to grow algae really easy placing a clear plastic cup in the direct sun light with some of your tank water. Do some research online to learn more about snails. Also, if what you see is mesquito larvae, nice little snack for your fish.
    25 Gal - Tropical
    Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
    Fish - 6 Blackskirt Tetras, 4 Red Wag Platy's, 2 Silver Hatchet's, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, 2 assassin snails.
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    I remember I used to be able to go in and get a betta cut chalked FULL of invasive snails for nothing. If you get in with the employees there they will do that for you. Also they sometimes have someone who will keep a card for you and if there is a fish that someone drops off and you want to rehome it or take it free they will contact you because a lot of them dont like killing the fish.
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