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Thread: Mystery snails

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    1 Not allowed!
    A little example I found of why you should do your research!

    A Story About Thinking Ahead- Mystery Snails

    You are in the pet store, looking at the fish because your children dragged you in to get a goldfish for the new 10-gallon tank. As you walk past the different fish, something catches your eye; brightly-colored snails climbing over the substrate. You look at the tag below and read: “Mystery snails- 1.99 each”. The snails look like pieces of candy, brightly colored with glossy shells. Your kids are mesmerized by the snails (and all the other pets). You pick up a pamphlet from a nearby rack and read some about them, “Minimum tank size, five gallons. Diet: feed pleco wafers and occasional blanched vegetables” and so on. You check in your wallet and pull out a wad of cash, just in case- the kids agree to get a small goldfish so you have enough to get a few snails too. You read that they are excellent algae cleaners, and that they are completely peaceful. What luck! The clerk scoops up six medium-sized snails, some pink, some purple, some gold, some jade, and some brownish, putting them into a plastic bag. Once you get home, you unbag the snails and plop them one by one into the aquarium while the goldfish sits in its bag to acclimate. The snails slowly come out of their shells and begin to forage. You drop in a chalky green wafer and watch them eat. Two weeks go by; all the snails are doing very well, and the goldfish is thriving. Then one day you spot something unusual; on the bottom of the lid, out of the water but moist form humidity, is a strange pinkish sack with little segments like a long raspberry. You are horrified; what happened? Is it some snails’ guts? You jump onto your phone and look up all kinds of things. Soon it comes up- that weird pink raspberry- under Mystery snail egg clutches. You read some about it and then go back to check on the snails. About a week goes by, and you are confident the snails are going to be fine. Then you spy another egg clutch. Another week goes by, and two more appear. One more week, and now there are ten! You are shocked; how do they multiply so fast? Well, only one or two snails will hatch, right? The eggs are not that big. The next day you see little baby snails coming out of one of the clutches. Tiny, translucent, bead-shaped snails are now crawling all over the glass. The goldfish is not bothering them. There are hundreds! One month later you are feeling overwhelmed; thousands of baby snails are crawling over the glass, covering the whole front side. The water is getting cloudy and the goldfish seems unhappy. Dozens of egg clutches cling to the sides and top of the tank. The adult snails have their tentacled curled up, and they stay in their shells more; white spots are growing on the shells, like little gashes and dips, rough and uneven. Baby snails are stuck in the filter, clogging it up. You look up places where you could sell the snails; there are so, so many you won’t be able to feed all of them! The only place that will take them is a pet store 50 miles away. “Come on by, and we’ll see what these snails look like.” You pack all the babies and all but two of the adult snails into a plastic container and drive out to the pet store. They look at the snails and frown. “These guys have some problems. Their shells are roughed up, in really bad condition, and the babies are too small for us to take.” You tell them thanks anyway, and head for home. The next day you are alarmed; the tank is starting to smell bad, and the goldfish looks sick. One of the snails has died, and it’s floating on the surface, lifeless. You throw it out into the trash and sink into a chair. You look up things online but nothing seems to help. The next day, the goldfish is dead. The snails are all at the bottom, hungry and uncomfortable. You snap a few pictures of the tank and post the whole thing on craigslist.

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    1 Not allowed!
    Yeah, those mystery snails can be fertile little critters when the conditions are just right. A harsh reality: It is better to kill off a bunch of babies (or find someone with a puffer or botia loach and let nature take its course) than to have all the occupants of your entire tank die slow, miserable deaths due to the inevitable water quality crash that comes from extreme over-stocking.

    When my MS try to breed nowadays, I usually try to give the eggs away before they hatch. Then it's someone else's problem! :)

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