Rabbit Snail Information & Experience

Do you own rabbit snails?

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Demeter

This will be a thread to help me keep track of my new project, rabbit snail breeding! It will be a rambling mess with thinking-out-loud for the most part.

Wondering when someone will make a species specific care guide and breeding information for rabbit snails. They are quickly becoming more popular and the first time I saw them for sale I decided to try one out. The little yellow rabbit has been doing just fine for 2 months and I feel it has grow a tad but of course you can't get babies from a lone snail of this species as they reproduce sexually. Should of bought a handful of them but I missed that chance.

Now I've ended up buying 4 orange and 5 chocolate rabbit snails off aquabid. They should arrive towards the end of the week so long as the weather cooperates. Supposedly they are at a young adult/breeding size (1-1.5in) so I'm pretty hopeful I'll get good breeding groups out of them.

Seems there are a few different species referred to as "rabbit snail" and they are all about the same in terms of care and breeding. I'm more curious about the color forms and what can breed with what. I think the yellow and orange rabbits are the same species so they should be good to go together. As for the chocolate, they seem to be a different species so small chance of cross breeding there, but I hear something about hybridization?

A few links of interest: I can't find many good sites, they mostly repeat the same information, nearly word for word.
Rabbit Snails - Varieties
Rabbit Snail – Detailed Guide: Care, Diet and Breeding - Shrimp and Snail Breeder

Updates will be slow as these little buggers are slow growers and slow breeders.
 

Coradee

There’s an article here you may like to read, it has some info on them & others Snails from SulawesI - Practical Fishkeeping
 

Demeter

After a hurricane delay and a mailing delay, 5 days in the mail, my rabbit snails have arrived alive and seemingly well. They will stay in a breeder box for a couple days for observation and to possibly separate and rear any new borns.

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2 seem to be normal orange rabbits and 2 look like the gold color form of them. They are big adults around 3in. The tips of their shells are a bit damaged but they look healthy.

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The 5 chocolate rabbits are looking about the same and one even gave birth (likely due to the stress) but the baby seems to be active.

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Demeter

Snails have been moved to my cherry shrimp tote. Was doing a water change and found the first baby from the gold/orange rabbits. Oddly, it seems to have a black body. Much bigger than the chocolate rabbit baby and the shell has more color.

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Quick look at the yellow rabbit who will be moved in with the others soon.

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Demeter

I have lost a chocolate rabbit, somehow it seems to of crawled up the 6in lip of the tote and gotten away. I looked all over the place for it but couldn't find it anywhere. The chocolates aren't as interesting as the others, they are less active and seem pretty unhappy somehow. I'll try moving them to another tank and see how they do, they are just much more shy than the other snails.

There are 2 orange babies and 1 gold. Then 1 chocolate and 1 unknown with a black body. They seem to be doing just fine, growing slowly and eating their veggies with the adults. I moved the two black bodied babies to a shrimp tank and the other 3 to a betta tank along with 2 adults.
 

Demeter

Discovered a new baby today, not sure who had it though. New one on the left, middle is orange and right is gold.

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There’s only 1 yellow, 1 gold and 1 orange in this tank along with the babies. I believe it is either from the gold or yellow seeing as a new orange popped up a couple weeks ago. The shell color looks more like the yellow rabbit but the shell isn’t smooth and I’m not too sure if my yellow was of breeding size when I bought it. Time may tell.

Cute pic containing a MTS, yellow, plus baby and adult orange rabbits.

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lesley

Beautiful rabbit snails! I breed them as well and have loads off babies, I have to divide them between my tanks. I think my oldest is over 3 years , I really enjoy watching them such cute little guy's
 

Demeter

They’re definitely cool snails, just wish I could find more in depth info on them, specifically the individual species and color morphs.
 

lesley

A couple of years ago I found blue rabbits for sale on Ebay and never bought any I regret not getting any as I haven't seen any again. The chocolate ones are really nice one of my favourites.
 

Demeter

A couple of years ago I found blue rabbits for sale on Ebay and never bought any I regret not getting any as I haven't seen any again. The chocolate ones are really nice one of my favourites.

I’ve never heard of blue rabbits but I am intrigued. Time to search the web for them!
 

MayaBetta

I have a baby rabbit (was born at LFS). He/she has a black body with whitish dots. Shell is different shades of brown.
What color name/pattern is that?
 

Demeter

Can you post a pic?
I have a baby rabbit (was born at LFS). He/she has a black body with whitish dots. Shell is different shades of brown.
What color name/pattern is that?

Can you post a picture? I’m not too well versed in color forms but it sounds like the natural color type of orange rabbits?
 

Foxxway

Beautiful rabbit snails! I breed them as well and have loads off babies, I have to divide them between my tanks. I think my oldest is over 3 years , I really enjoy watching them such cute little guy's 846]
Hit me up if you want to sell any! Been looking at these for some time.

Demeter, I'm dead chuffed for ya! Let us know when you have enough to share.
I've been checking out weird snails for awhile, but they're expensive.
 

lesley

Hit me up if you want to sell any! Been looking at these for some time.
HI where abouts are you?
 

MayaBetta

Can you post a pic?

Can you post a picture? I’m not too well versed in color forms but it sounds like the natural color type of orange rabbits?
My red betta in the background.
 

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Demeter

My red betta in the background.
So it looks more like a Yellow rabbit’s shell but honestly can’t say for sure.
 

Demeter

Did a head count on the babies and there are 7 3 gold, 3 orange and 1 yellow (?). I moved them to a breeder box for the time being, mainly to nake sure they are getting enough food.

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Also the 2 chocoloates in another tank so at least 9 total. I found the one adult chocolate that crawled off, it was much farther then I expected. Another adult also died of unknown causes. No idea if more have been born as they are in a tank with gravel.
 

DragonMage

Demeter - Thanks for making this thread, super interesting! I have actually kept rabbit snails in my main for a handful of years. I picked two up at my lfs a few years ago without really knowing too much about them, and pretty much let them be without thinking about them too much (though they are supppeeerrr fun to watch). One day I realized I had more than two, and they were already decent sized. I think I have maybe 2-3 ones living in my tank right now, and a handful of the shells from some of the parents who have passed on. They have been pretty easy to breed from my experience, but that's only cause I didn't do anything on my part haha.

Here is a picture from almost four years ago when I first got him (after looking it looks like I only bought one, but I didn't think they breed asexually so not sure how they started breeding)

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And here are two pictures I took about a month of some of the adult offspring (not sure if 2nd or third generation.

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Good luck on your adventures with these fun guys, I'm excited to see more updates!
 

Demeter

I saw someone advertising “minI rabbit snails” on aquabid but I’ve never heard of such a thing. They looked like normal orange rabbits to me but the description states they stay about 1in long? Not sure what that’s about and I think I’ll pass on it.

Here is a picture from almost four years ago when I first got him (after looking it looks like I only bought one, but I didn't think they breed asexually so not sure how they started breeding)

If the female has already bred they can store the sperm for quite a while. No idea how long of course but the more you know.
 

Demeter

So three more little ones have been born and if my calculations are correct that means all 4 of the gold and orange snails are female. Found 2 in the shrimp tote, one gold and one a weird shell color but looks like an orange body. So that means the other baby I though to be a yellow rabbit is likely from the orange in that tank.

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One gold was found today in the 10gal. The gold female has been acting lethargic the past few days but after a water change and finding the new baby she seems to of perked up again.

In conclusion, that means I likely won’t be getting any yellow babies until I buy a few more
 

Demeter

Did another head count during a water change, 18 babies 9 yellow, 6 gold, 3 chocolate.

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There’s a gold one that is super tiny, smaller than the other new borns.

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These guys are getting a new home soon, I’ll be setting up a 29-40gal for them and some nano fish.
 

Demeter

New tank set up and going pretty well. 36gal bow front topfin kit, plain blasting sand and sparse decor.

I plan on throwing in more wood, leaf litter, anubias and some crypts later down the road. I’d also like to add some more nano fish but that can wait.

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Of all things it is the single juvenile female betta that is the most stressed, she just keep glass surfing but seems fine otherwise.
 

Demeter

I added plants today, not sure how they’ll do with the LED lights.
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Also noticed one of the rasboras is a bit deformed but gets on just fine.

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Little betta has calmed down.

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Demeter

Found a teeny tiny snail that I can only assume is a rabbit snail. It’s absolutely minuscule. I’ve seen it at two different times so it must be doing alright. Black body so perhaps a chocolate. Note the spec on the glass in front of the blue ram.

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Second sighting, young gold for size comparison.

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Adult chocolate taking a nap, they also poo a bit when doing this as noted by the pile...

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This young chocolate is about half the length of the adults. Cuious to see if/when it will start looking like the adults.

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Three adults eating an trio of acorn caps. They really like these for some reason.
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Demeter

Added 6 mystery snails and tossed in my male nerite a couple weeks ago. Mystery snails are growing fast!

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Also noticed a little shell erosion on the rams so decided to add a cuttlebone to see if that helps.

They like cucumber

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I think one snail gave birth to twins. Not like I can keep track of all rabbits in this tank but there was not 2 little orange snails the same size with this shell color last I checked. There’s 6-7 of this shell color now.

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Switched out the female betta for a juvenile male, thought he’d be a PK because his parents are both PK but I’m thinking he’ll be long finned. He’s a cutie

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I think I’m going to start selling the young rabbits, there’s so many of them! Also I’m sorta looking forward to mystery snail clutches.
 

Debbie1986

Love your tank set up! snails look really happy.
 

TWiG87

Great looking tank! I love seeing the rabbit snails, I don’t see them often. Do they burrow in the sand frequently?
 

Demeter

They do dig a little, no usually enough to cover them completely though. The chocolate rabbits seem to dig much more than the others do.

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Demeter

Bought some more critters for this tank. Added 8 threadfin rainbows (all male unfortunately), 5 tiny yellow rabbit snails, and 10 more least rasboras that don’t quite look the same as the original 12. The snails arrived today and the others yesterday.

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I didn't quarantine because I know these fish are quite fragile so I wanted them to go in an established tank right away.

Also noticed something cool, I think I’ve got a little male red rillI now! He’s not perfect but looks interesting.

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I’ve noticed the mystery snails getting frisky, looks like the ivory, both magenta, and 1 purple are males. The bigger purple is the one they’ve been after, I hope the blue is a female so purple doesn’t get all the attention.


ALSO, I’m starting to thin out some of the rabbits and ramshorn snails so if anyone wants some shoot me a message.
 

Debbie1986

okay, that settles it. I need rabbit snails. they are so unique looking. I love my mystery snails I got off ebay & they are very interesting. But Rabbit snails are a whole new level. Majestic. It's like they wear evening wear with the long shells, lol

your snail family pic is so cute too. MinI to big
 

Demeter

Found 3 female threadfins at the local pet store, they look a little rough but we’ll see how they do. They are quite a bit larger than the males, no pics yet. I plan to get more soon.

I did a fairly thorough head count on the baby rabbit snails. I counted 39 total, 9 two-toned orange, 10 brown shelled orange, 7 chocolate, 8 gold and then the 5 yellows I bought. I then sold 3 two-toned, 3 brown shelled orange and 1 gold.

As for the mystery snails, one purple had been with the males multiple times but I have yet to see eggs.

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Random pictures

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Demeter

One adult gold rabbit has been acting pretty lethargic for a while now. It still comes out but hasn't moved much in days. Also noticed one tiny chocolate is nothing but an empty shell.

But that is not the reason for this update. I have 5 fry! (Little spec upper left).
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I also have eggs!! 3 on this bit of hornwart, 2 moved from a spawn mop.

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I’m not absolutely sure but I think they are threadfin rainbows. They could be least rasboras too but I know rainbows will use spawn mops, not sure about the rasboras.

For now they are in a specimen container until I decide what to do. I re-booted my micro worm culture and started hatching brineshrimp for them (and baby bettas).

I also moved 10 betta fry into this tank a couple days ago, old great grandpa betta died (old age I think) a week ago.
 

Demeter

I feel I can officially say my first baby rabbit (a chocolate) is an adult. It looks different compared to my other baby chocolates as they are all black shelled. Also don’t know why they aren’t getting the cement looking shell either.

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I had some issues with the fish since getting the 3 female threadfins, that’s what I get for not quarantining I now have 2 females threadfins and 4 males left. Not sure how many least rasboras are left, thinking around 14 (should be 22).

I added my two newer BN plecos to help them grow faster. A long finned calico and a green dragon with a snout deformity. They get on just fine with the others.

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Things seem to of settled down fish-wise but I’ve been (under) dosing 3 seachem plant products for 2-3 weeks and now some of my cherries are showing molting problem, their shells seem to hardening wrong after molting as their shells are sort of pulled away from their body. No more fertilizers!

I’ve been doing watching the mystery snails and hoping for eggs but no luck. Out of 6 I think there are just two females that are often being harassed by the boys. Thinking of setting up a bucket for more air space to lay eggs.

Random pics.
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Renaissanista

My baby yellows always look dark but get more yellow as they age

I have about 25 babies and just verified a mixed orange yellow.

I'd love to get some spotted rabbits.
 

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barbiespoodle

Well dang it all, now you have me interested in rabbit snails, just what I need, another type of snail, lol.

But seriously, your rabbit snails are both beautiful and cute as all get out (I do think snails have cute faces).

Maybe once I convince the hubby to let me set up another shrimp tank, I'll put rabbit snails in it.
 

Renaissanista

Yes. I'm surprised how much they make me laugh.

I like when they get spooked.
They keep popping the head out just a bit then quickly go back in. They do this like 8 times then finally get confident again. I should get a video. Mine are very active.
Warm water is key and greens.
 

Mhamilton0911

I just got 4 rabbit snails, all I have is one pic for now, but I'll whip out the big camera today and try for some more.

Mine are babies still, about 3/4" shell size
Here is one the day I got them (Saturday)
 

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Demeter

I sold some babies, they keep having babies (slowed down a bit) and one of the adult golds passed away. When I pulled the body out of the shell (wanted to keep it) I noticed a couple tiny baby snails in her reproductive tract. Kinda interesting to see but didn’t take any pics.

I need to do a complete tank search to see how many snails are in there, I want to sell some more and pick out the ones I want to keep.
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Tiny baby chocolate by the big yellow.

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Demeter

Impulse buy! I found some very nice blue eyed gertrude rainbows, the male was zipping around displaying to the females in the tank and I couldn’t resist. I ended up getting him and 2 females. They settled in right away and aren’t shy at all.

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Original gold

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Big juvenile gold

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First white saddled cherry I’ve seen in my tank.

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Might have forgot to mention, I added 3 male yellow belly metallicus. They were in quarantine for several weeks as they arrived in poor shape, the female died on me but the males are doing well. The green thing is rapashy which they seem to love.

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Renaissanista

Those ramshorns are pretty too. I wanted to order some pink pearls. Glad I couldn't. I can't handle anymore fast breeders. Rabbits and shrimp are keeping me busy enough .
 

Mhamilton0911

Rabbit snails, I do love them. However, they eat a bit more than I was expecting. While researching before i got mine, I read that they leave most plants alone, except Java fern, I read that they love that one. Now that I have them, they've sampled everything and I've had to remove several plants.

1. Dwarf Lilly. Yum. They ate mine like it was their last meal. I had to relocate to another tank.
2. Curly Val. Also yum. This plant was a favorite.
3. Bucephalandra. I was surprised with this one, they've munched on several new leaves, and existing leaves. Not as big as a favorite as others, so I left this in thier tank, but when i see one munching I remove it and place it on a veggie I'll put in there.
4. Anubias. Really surprising. They go right for the big leaves. Why? I thought this plant was safe, nope, they eat it similar to the buce. Not as serious as the other plants, so i left this one in too, and redirect them to veggies if I see them eating this one.
5. Anacharis. I usually have this floating, but when they can find a chunk they eat all the leaves, but leave the stem.

So cute as can be, but can be little buggers eating my pretty plants. Does anyone else have these issues?
 

Demeter

Rabbit snails, I do love them. However, they eat a bit more than I was expecting. While researching before i got mine, I read that they leave most plants alone, except Java fern, I read that they love that one. Now that I have them, they've sampled everything and I've had to remove several plants.

1. Dwarf Lilly. Yum. They ate mine like it was their last meal. I had to relocate to another tank.
2. Curly Val. Also yum. This plant was a favorite.
3. Bucephalandra. I was surprised with this one, they've munched on several new leaves, and existing leaves. Not as big as a favorite as others, so I left this in thier tank, but when i see one munching I remove it and place it on a veggie I'll put in there.
4. Anubias. Really surprising. They go right for the big leaves. Why? I thought this plant was safe, nope, they eat it similar to the buce. Not as serious as the other plants, so i left this one in too, and redirect them to veggies if I see them eating this one.
5. Anacharis. I usually have this floating, but when they can find a chunk they eat all the leaves, but leave the stem.

So cute as can be, but can be little buggers eating my pretty plants. Does anyone else have these issues?

Mine leave all my plants alone unless they’re already dying. What do you normally feed your rabbits? When snails start eating plants that usually means they aren’t getting fed enough/not getting what they need.

My are fed once or twice a day, sinking pellets, wafers, veggies and most recently gel foods. They also love chewing up the leaf litter and acorn caps.
 

ayeayeron

Rabbit snails, I do love them. However, they eat a bit more than I was expecting. While researching before i got mine, I read that they leave most plants alone, except Java fern, I read that they love that one. Now that I have them, they've sampled everything and I've had to remove several plants.

1. Dwarf Lilly. Yum. They ate mine like it was their last meal. I had to relocate to another tank.
2. Curly Val. Also yum. This plant was a favorite.
3. Bucephalandra. I was surprised with this one, they've munched on several new leaves, and existing leaves. Not as big as a favorite as others, so I left this in thier tank, but when i see one munching I remove it and place it on a veggie I'll put in there.
4. Anubias. Really surprising. They go right for the big leaves. Why? I thought this plant was safe, nope, they eat it similar to the buce. Not as serious as the other plants, so i left this one in too, and redirect them to veggies if I see them eating this one.
5. Anacharis. I usually have this floating, but when they can find a chunk they eat all the leaves, but leave the stem.

So cute as can be, but can be little buggers eating my pretty plants. Does anyone else have these issues?
Yep. I have a single baby yellow rabbit and he went ham on my amazon sword.
 

Mhamilton0911

Mine leave all my plants alone unless they’re already dying. What do you normally feed your rabbits? When snails start eating plants that usually means they aren’t getting fed enough/not getting what they need.

My are fed once or twice a day, sinking pellets, wafers, veggies and most recently gel foods. They also love chewing up the leaf litter and acorn caps.

TRIED IT ALL!! Kale, zucchini, cucumber, carrot, broccoli, sinking shrimp pellets, sinking algae wafers, made my own snello. I pick up and place ON TOP of every food I try. They sometimes nibble, but then go straight outta there. I keep trying, and keep placing the snails on/near the food source, and have been feeding in the same spot, actually looking to get a feeding dish in there to make it easier to clean up, I have sand so I suck up a bit of sand each time, but, eh. I have not tried leaf litter, or acorn caps? I'll have to buy those, as everything in my area will be covered in toxins.
 

Demeter

TRIED IT ALL!! Kale, zucchini, cucumber, carrot, broccoli, sinking shrimp pellets, sinking algae wafers, made my own snello. I pick up and place ON TOP of every food I try. They sometimes nibble, but then go straight outta there. I keep trying, and keep placing the snails on/near the food source, and have been feeding in the same spot, actually looking to get a feeding dish in there to make it easier to clean up, I have sand so I suck up a bit of sand each time, but, eh. I have not tried leaf litter, or acorn caps? I'll have to buy those, as everything in my area will be covered in toxins.

That’s pretty strange then, I have crypts, anubias and some wimpy swords that my snails leave alone. Crypts are pretty fool proof so if you don’t have any then try them, nothings seems to eat them and they grow even in terrible LED lighting. Maybe the bit of roughage from leaf litter, wood etc. will curb their appetite.
 

Demeter

While cleaning the tank today I grabbed all the rabbits that were in plain sight to take a few pics.

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Yellows, the 5 babies I bought are growing pretty fast!

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Orange, these ones are definitely the biggest.

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Gold, very dark shells and so far no babies have different colors either.

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Chocolate, one original and two of their first babies. Their shell colors stump me.
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Renaissanista

My red betta in the background.
There are white spotted and yellow spotted rabbits. I wanted to buy some a while ago. May be a white spotted rabbit.
At least thats what the online store said. I can't remember the name of the store now.
 

Demeter

I saw two pairs of rabbits getting frisky last night. I’ve never caught them breeding before so I find it interesting that not one but two couples were getting down to business at the same time. Both the males are babies I raised and the one with the big orange females is a gold male.

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I’m just glad to see the oldest babies are finally at breeding age
 

Demeter

Haven’t seen any baby snails in a few weeks now. I keep waiting to see one or two more as I know there should be some soon.

I bought 2 more adult rabbits, these were sold as “blue elephant snails”. Not blue at all but cute regardless. They’re in a 7.5gal raimbow fry/black shrimp tank.


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Demeter

I’ve started moving some snails to other tanks, all the chocolates and some oranges are now in a different 36gal.

I had 2 babies die from unknown causes in the same 7.4gal fry tank. I’ve removed all other baby rabbits just in case. Also saw two new babies in the main tank, only got a picture of this one.

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The original orange that is likely my favorite. It was having a hard time getting over a small crypt as it had a nerite on its shell!

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