3 Nerites, 2 Weeks, No Eggs?

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Hey everyone, I got 3 red racer nerite snails a couple of weeks ago. I reluctantly accepted the fact that I would have their white eggs everywhere but I haven’t seen any yet.

It seems unlikely I would have happened to end up with all boys.

Does this sound normal?
 

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Its possible you got all boys and regardless if you got boys and girls they don't reproduce or hatch in freshwater. you know right?
 
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kallililly1973 said:
Its possible you got all boys and regardless if you got boys and girls they don't reproduce or hatch in freshwater. you know right?
Yes I know, not worried about the eggs being fertile! Just feel incredibly lucky they aren’t “bedazzling” my tank.

I guess I beat the odds!
 

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Yup u got a bunch of algae munching males it appears!
 

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They also dont lay eggs all the time. Mine will go a while without laying then ill wake up to a heap on my glass. So you might still get lucky and get a beautifully decorated tank by your nerites.
 

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I got 3 aswell and they didn't lay eggs for about a month. I moved them into. Seperate tanks which had more algae and they layed eggs within a few days. They lay eggs every few days aswell which is a little annoying but they're fun to keep
 

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FloydtheBetta said:
Hey everyone, I got 3 red racer nerite snails a couple of weeks ago. I reluctantly accepted the fact that I would have their white eggs everywhere but I haven’t seen any yet.

It seems unlikely I would have happened to end up with all boys.

Does this sound normal?
More food = more eggs! I’ve got three yo-yo loaches and they take care of most of the egg clean up and have severely reduced the number of baby rams horn snails I was getting as well!
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
More food = more eggs! I’ve got three yo-yo loaches and they take care of most of the egg clean up and have severely reduced the number of baby rams horn snails I was getting as well!
yo-yo loaches eat nerite snail eggs?
That's impressive considering I can't even get them off with a razor.....are you sure about that??

Or are you just referring to your pest snail eggs? Because nerite snails eggs don't even hatch in freshwater, so reducing a population of babies is not what the thread is referring to. And again, the eggs are virtually impossible to remove. So I can't picture any fish able to eat them.
 

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I’ve actually seen my larger yo-yo eat a small pest snail. As far as the nerite snail eggs, I haven’t seen them eat them, but since I added the yo-yo loaches I haven’t had to clean a single egg from the glass and the number on my plants has been greatly reduced.
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
More food = more eggs! I’ve got three yo-yo loaches and they take care of most of the egg clean up and have severely reduced the number of baby rams horn snails I was getting as well!
Agree with more food = more eggs. Same applies to pest snail reproduction. And loaches will eat pest snails and eggs with gusto.
 

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Lucky!

Nerites leave the tank spotless, but they never forget to "invoice" you for their work....
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
I’ve actually seen my larger yo-yo eat a small pest snail. As far as the nerite snail eggs, I haven’t seen them eat them, but since I added the yo-yo loaches I haven’t had to clean a single egg from the glass and the number on my plants has been greatly reduced.
Pest snails and nerite snails are completely different. You can't compare them.
 

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I have three male nerites left. They are in my breeder tanks and have never laid eggs. They are at least 3 years old. Btw, how long do nerite snails live for? I never get a straight answer.

When I had 10 of them in my 120 gallon, I didn't see eggs after a while. They used to lay them on the base of my DW, but one day I noticed they just stopped. When I removed a fake log with crannies from the back of the tank that I added for my tiger plecos, I saw that this was their new egg laying site. I rarely saw eggs anywhere else and this log was hidden at the back.

Point is, I find they like to lay their eggs of pourous uneven surfaces. Maybe giving them a lava rock or something at the back of the tank will help keep them from laying everywhere else? I don't have any egg laying nerites left, but would love to test this again.
 

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bizaliz3 said:
Pest snails and nerite snails are completely different. You can't compare them.
I wasn’t comparing them. Just stating that my nerite eggs seem to “magically” disappear after 24 hours ever since adding the yo-yos.
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
I wasn’t comparing them. Just stating that my nerite eggs seem to “magically” disappear after 24 hours ever since adding the yo-yos.
Oh, you have nerites as well? ok. misunderstood, it sounded like you were focusing on pest snails and pest snail eggs.

So you have bright white single eggs all over the glass that disappear?
 

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bizaliz3 said:
So you have bright white single eggs all over the glass that disappear?
Correct. I had over 30 on the front glass yesterday and now there are 4!
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
Correct. I had over 30 on the front glass yesterday and now there are 4!
Like these????
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Wow. That blows me away!!! They must have some strong sharp jaws to get those off!!! Haha!!!
 

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bizaliz3 said:
Like these????
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Correct. The ones on the glass disappear. My plants still have them but they are certainly in smaller quantities. I don’t think my Pearl Gourami or Dwarf Rainbows are eating them.

Maybe the pest snails find them tasty?
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
Correct. The ones on the glass disappear. My plants still have them but they are certainly in smaller quantities. I don’t think my Pearl Gourami or Dwarf Rainbows are eating them.

Maybe the pest snails find them tasty?
I don't mean to be so skeptical, but as hard as those things are to remove, it just blows me away that any fish could eat them! lol
 

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bizaliz3 said:
I don't mean to be so skeptical, but as hard as those things are to remove, it just blows me away that any fish could eat them! lol
Fairly sure it’s not the nerite egg fairy coming by my place every night!

That being said, I’ve never seen them actually eat them. Luck or awesome yo-yos, just happy I don’t need to scrub!

It is a bow-front tank so not sure if the curve impacts the ability for the eggs to attach to the acrylic.
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
Fairly sure it’s not the nerite egg fairy coming by my place every night!

That being said, I’ve never seen them actually eat them. Luck or awesome yo-yos, just happy I don’t need to scrub!

It is a bow-front tank so not sure if the curve impacts the ability for the eggs to attach to the acrylic.
Lucky you for sure!! :)
 

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LynnwoodFishDad said:
Fairly sure it’s not the nerite egg fairy coming by my place every night!

That being said, I’ve never seen them actually eat them. Luck or awesome yo-yos, just happy I don’t need to scrub!

It is a bow-front tank so not sure if the curve impacts the ability for the eggs to attach to the acrylic.
I used to get eggs here and there on the bowed acrylic. They stick lol. But depending on how hard the water is, it could be they dissolve easier in softer water? I didn't use a blade on my acylic to remove eggs, I could scrub them with a green scrubby. Or they just dissolved after a month or three haha. I don't find them as hard to remove as others describe is what I'm saying, but it could just be relative to what a person considers difficult too. Just a theory.
 
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