Apple snail LAYING EGGS!

  1. xxbyamomentx

    xxbyamomentx Valued Member Member

    SQUEEE! All I can say is, I'm glad she's happy and well fed! I'm feeling so overwhelmed already and am trying to decide what to do...part of me REALLY wants these babies and I've been looking at tank upgrades for a couple weeks now anyway. But apple snails are so big and can be messy...decisions. Sorry for the picture being so dark, I didn't want to turn on the flash and disturb her while she's busy.

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    She's laying the eggs as we speak...I get to watch. :D
     
  2. Bmur05

    Bmur05 Valued Member Member

    I bet you can find people near you or your lfs that would love to buy some off you! Congrats!
     
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    xxbyamomentx

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    There is a new local fish store a few miles from me that literally opened their freshwater section yesterday - they were always saltwater only. I'm gonna call them tomorrow and see if they'd be interested because I KNOW I couldn't handle them all, but I'd like a few. The pet store I got her in actually kept them in pretty awful conditions, so I definitely won't be sending any of them there. If my LFS doesn't want them, I might ask around on here. :p


    She's still at it...it's quite cool to watch live. XD
     


  4. Aquaphobia

    Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    That is really neat! What colour is she and do you know what colour the father is?
     
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    19jlbauman New Member Member

    So amazing
     
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    xxbyamomentx

    xxbyamomentx Valued Member Member

    I think she's considered a 'wild' type apple snail, her shell is mostly brown with a little gold and some darker brown stripes going down it. Her body is a brown color with darker brown spots and a dark brown face. My assumption for the father is that he's probably also a wild type, she didn't get pregnant in my tank but the pet store I got her from had (too many) similar color apple snails in one tank. I think most of the babies would probably come out to look like her, but that's great because I think she's beautiful! :3


    Would I be okay to leave the eggs as they are until I can call my LFS store tomorrow? Should I mist them when she's done, or at least in the morning, with tank water? It's midnight here and they open at 1pm, so they have about thirteen hours before I can even make a call. No matter if they want the egg clutch or not, I don't want to get rid of them. I'm not even sure how hard they're going to be to scrape off the glass when the time comes to move them into a hatchery setup...this is all so new!
     
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    xxbyamomentx

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    She just finished a few minutes ago, in total it took her about two hours from start to finish. When she climbed back in the water, I snapped this awesome picture of her, congratulated her, and gave her a green bean.

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    (The white powder in my tank is crushed eggshell for calcium, they aren't having that kind of party on my watch ;) )
     
  8. Aquaphobia

    Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    I just got my very first mystery snail egg clutch myself so I don't know the answers to your questions but hopefully someone will be able to advise you!

    That's a great snorkel shot of the momma snail:)
     
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    xxbyamomentx

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    This is my first egg clutch too, but I'm already thinking it won't be the last. She keeps acting like she's going to lay more eggs, and I know that's something they do a lot...yikes, she's trying to overrun me!
     
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    So, a little update...this morning I wake up to a second, larger egg clutch. I'm pretty sure it was from the same snail, because I caught her out of the water twice last night before I went to bed although I didn't see her laying them this time. I don't think I can keep this one. My LFS is closed today, but tomorrow morning I'm going to see if they have anyone who'd want a full clutch since I really do hate to just get rid of it. One is all I'm equipped to handle, and I'm glad the one I claimed already is the 'small' one. :p
     
  11. Aquaphobia

    Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    I know the feeling! I was so excited when I spotted the small egg clutch laid by my golden mystery but since then she's laid progressively larger clutches and I'm starting to get alarmed;D
     
  12. Bithimala

    Bithimala Fishlore VIP Member

    I'd love a baby of her, but I don't know if they're legal to own here or what the laws are about shipping across state lines. I'd definitely recommend that you look into that before you make the decision about if you will be keeping the eggs, since they may be much harder to rehome than mystery snails due to the laws around them.
     
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    xxbyamomentx

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    I know they're legal in Florida, but I don't think they can leave the state. I'll do some research on it later and if it is legal for Texas somehow, I'd be glad to send some babies...don't think it's allowed, though. That's why I didn't try to put the second egg clutch for sale online, I figured 'Florida only' would be too restrictive for anyone that would want to buy.

    I moved my snails, filter, and decor into a new 36 gallon bowfront aquarium today and I'm going to float the first egg clutch on a filter sponge in a breeder box so when I do get babies, I won't lose them in the large tank. I'm going to keep a few of the new snails, give a couple to a friend, and give the majority to the LFS. I don't think I'll get any money or store credit from them, but I know they'll have a safe environment in knowledgeable store so I don't mind. (I already gave them a heads-up and they're preparing a tank, too...yay LFS! :p )