Blueberrybetta's Mystery Snail Clutch Journey

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On June 20th, my female ivory mystery snail, Honeydew, laid her first clutch! :p This is my first time experiencing a clutch as well so I decided to document the journey for my enjoyment and for anyone interested in snabies :)


The parents are my female Ivory mystery, Honeydew, and my male golden mystery, Mango.

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Honeydew (mother)


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Mango (father)



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Mating time!


I actually got home around 11AM on June 20th to Honeydew laying eggs under my glass hood... it was a cool experience watching her lay about 500 eggs :nailbiting: lol ...
I was shocked because I didnt sex them before, so It was very unexpected to see eggs I'll say! nervous but really excited :shy:

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Honeydew mid-action laying her eggs


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Her finished egg clutch! 1 hr later


After 48hrs, the clutch hardened and turned a light pink. I then gently scraped it off to incubate them to help with hatching quicker! I took a small tupperware bowl , laid down a moist paper towel then a dry one, lastly placing the clutch on top. I drilled holes in the lid and placed the container in my tank. I have been wiping the excess condensation off the lid every other day as well.

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Incubation time !

I did purchase a breeder box to move the clutch when it hatches and to keep all the snabies in. I did let the big snails test it out today for dinner lol! They really enjoy zucchini the most. They tried peas for the first time today too, but no success. They do love my homemade snello I made though!
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Dinner time !

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Blackberry enjoying the snello



It has currently been 6 days since her clutch was laid. There are small white spots starting to develop, the "molding" stage I was told about. The towels are staying moist and so is the clutch. Hopefully I'll get some snabies soon ♡

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Started "molding" stage


I did recently find out that the color genes go back 5 generations in the parents! So im excited to see what kinda of morphs I'll get. I'm really hoping I'll get maybe a jade, purple, or blue snabie! Im not sure the possibilities of getting those morphs, but I sure am hoping though! :rolleyes:

I do plan on keeping this thread updated for whenever the snabies hatch and to post their color morphs/growth process for anyone curious ! Feel free to follow the thread if interested :)
 

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I've never seen an egg clutch before, so weird but cool! Im excited to see the tiny snail babies as well so im following! Definitely want to see them when they hatch !!
 
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June 29th update:

My big girl Honeydew just laid another egg clutch 2days ago. She laid it ontop the glass hood again. After 48hrs , I then moved it into incubation. This clutch is smaller too but I still not sure if i want to keep it or not... ive heard that you can freeze them then smash them quick. I would sell the babies though, but i have no idea how to package live snails correctly to make sure they make it! I may just set up my old 5gal for a small snail tank.

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July 2nd

Day 13 of Incubation

The clutch has now developed black spot and I have 2 babies eating their way out! Im going to go ahead and placethe clutch on some styrofoam in the breeder box , that way they can fall right in :)

Im super excited to see what colors I'll get throughout this week !
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Day 13: update

My clutch hatched today! I had one pop put first on the paper towel so I went ahead and very gently opened the clutch and dropped it in the breeder box. About an hour later they all came out! There is no way to fully count how many but well over 100.

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The first hatched snabie!

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From what I can see, they all have a light foot and light shell. I do see some with a tad darker shell but Im not sure if its too early to tell their color yet. I do hope I somehow get a rainbow clutch :D

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The free snabies!

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clutch feeding


For the next to 2-3 days , im going to let them feed on their own old clutch and crumble an extra frozen clutch Honeydew laid.

I'll be posting weekly updates for anyone interested!
 
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2 week old update:

My snabies just turned 2 weeks old today :D They have grown really fast honestly and are great escape artist too lol! They really enjoy zucchini, carrots, bell peppers and snello :) , not so much on green beans though o_O

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( all 150+ snabies!)

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(baby golden mysteries)

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(Ivory & Gold babies)

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(escaped snabie on the loose!)

I did end up receiving 4 blue, month old snabies & 1 adult blue from my neighbor! Who would've thought! The adult blue one did arrive with some shell issues from the wrong diet. He is now getting the needed protien, vegetables and calcium he needs, along with the 4 babies as well. I am so in love with my first ever blue babies :sorry:


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(I spy with my little eye)

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(1 month old Blue mystery)

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(2 big blue boys)


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(Blueraspberry - chillin)


will be updating every week or 2 still , mainly out of boredom lol :oops:

enjoy
 

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Hum. Only took two weeks to hatch? One of my clutches sort of hatched - i thought they were all dead because i forgot about it so i threw about 10 into the tank - and i ended up with about 10 mystery snails. But the current clutch has been in the container for 3 or so weeks and nothing. I think i goofed somewhere - maybe too dry? Not sure. Mommy died (i think she was around 16 to 18 months old) but i do have 10ish that are almost breeding age so maybe one morning i'll find more eggs on the lid that i can fail to hatch correctly.
 

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Wow thanks for sharing this! I love mystery snails! Before COVID we had a breeding tank of them. They kept laying clutches but we weren't getting them to hatch but I didn't set up a nursery! Cant wait to see them as they grow!
 
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jake37 said:
Hum. Only took two weeks to hatch? One of my clutches sort of hatched - i thought they were all dead because i forgot about it so i threw about 10 into the tank - and i ended up with about 10 mystery snails. But the current clutch has been in the container for 3 or so weeks and nothing. I think i goofed somewhere - maybe too dry? Not sure. Mommy died (i think she was around 16 to 18 months old) but i do have 10ish that are almost breeding age so maybe one morning i'll find more eggs on the lid that i can fail to hatch correctly.
My clutch took close to 12 days to hatch, not really 2 weeks. If you incubate them right, they hatch very quickly and the soonest is 10 days, if after 3 weeks with no dark spots, then the clutch is not fertile. Its very common for females to lay unfertilized clutches, even with males present. Your clutches aren't fertile if theres no black spots or molding after just 1 week.

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Wow thanks for sharing this! I love mystery snails! Before COVID we had a breeding tank of them. They kept laying clutches but we weren't getting them to hatch but I didn't set up a nursery! Cant wait to see them as they grow!
This is my first clutch and i was too excited not to document it! Its crazy how big they get so fast. My female hasn't laid any more clutches yet surprisingly. I honestly doubt I'll go through the process of hatching and rehoming again ! But it is a great experience. I do plan of having an snail only tank as well!
 

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Blueberrybetta said:
My clutch took close to 12 days to hatch, not really 2 weeks. If you incubate them right, they hatch very quickly and the soonest is 10 days, if after 3 weeks with no dark spots, then the clutch is not fertile. Its very common for females to lay unfertilized clutches, even with males present. Your clutches aren't fertile if theres no black spots or molding after just 1 week.



This is my first clutch and i was too excited not to document it! Its crazy how big they get so fast. My female hasn't laid any more clutches yet surprisingly. I honestly doubt I'll go through the process of hatching and rehoming again ! But it is a great experience. I do plan of having an snail only tank as well!
You could always let them breed and sell them to a LFS! Around me snails are hard to find. You may not get much each but lets say they give you $0.50 each those snails can help pay for fish food and such :)
 
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•1 month update:

My snabies are officially a month old today! They have grown very fast the past few weeks and they are roughly pea sized now :D Their favorite veggies are red bell pepper, squash, zucchini, snello and carrots especially! Im still setting up my *snail only* tank, but i plan to move all the babies in there to raise in 2 more weeks.

Its safe to say now that all the snabies are mainly gold, give or take a few ivory. Still not sure what I will be doing with all the fellas.

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(squash time)


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(snail pile)

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(golden snabies)

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(1 month snabies)

Honeydew did end up laying another clutch a few days ago, a very small one this time with roughly 50 eggs. I decided to just go ahead and keep the clutch, I then incubated them earlier today :oops: The father is BlueRaspberry, so im hoping I get more blue snabies or even jade! still depends on the previous generations but im hoping :smug:
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(4 day old clutch)

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(Free snabie!)

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(big momma checkin up)

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(big blue boy)
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(baby blue)


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I'll most likely just start doing bi-weekly updates now, but I still plan to update when I move my snabies to their own tank! :smug:
Enjoy to anyone who still follows :)
 

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