They can reproduce really fast as long as there's a good food source. I'm waiting for them to show up in the new tank since I have put a lot of plants in it. That way the Zebra Loaches have a real job to do, and they get a dietary supplement.bettabo1 said:
The two I have had that opaque, spotted appearance then they got super dull.PonzLL said:I have this really neat spotted gold strain that started popping up lately, so I'm gonna breed them. I'm currently working out a way to build a plywood breeding tank for them so I can isolate colors I want to refine.
No such luck here, and I live in a heavily populated region with dozens and dozens of big box and private LFS. Several of the ones I go to have a hard time even keeping their good snails alive. I know of one that had MTS for sale once and hasn't had any since. There's one rather unscrupulous LFS called Petland Discount on the upper west side of Manhattan I stopped into one day looking for ramshorn snails. He says they only have Neurite snails and I wondered why they spelled Nerite with a "U" until I looked and saw what they had was an infestation of pond snails and were selling them as NeUrite snail's at 79 cents each.PonzLL said:If you want those kinds of snails, and fish store will happily give them to you at no cost, from what I've seen.
I'm actually looking forward to having my first pest snail outbreak, you see I've got this awesome new baby Golden Zebra Loach and I'm sure he would have a feasttoeknee said:BLEH! I thought the few I had were cool until they turned into a hundred or more. Now I drop some lettuce in the tank a few times a month at night, take the snail covered lettuce out in the morning and feed them to the birds!
Yup, I have Dwarf Chain Loaches and never have to worry. I keep a separate 20L to breed snails in and regularly add them to my main tank.Aquarius_in_nyc said:I'm actually looking forward to having my first pest snail outbreak, you see I've got this awesome new baby Golden Zebra Loach and I'm sure he would have a feast
Wow how did you get dwarf chain loaches?! Aren't they listed as critically endangered?KiwiEnthusiast said:Yup, I have Dwarf Chain Loaches and never have to worry. I keep a separate 20L to breed snails in and regularly add them to my main tank.
That is a gorgeous Zebra Loach
Yeah, but there are breeders in Asia that supply the hobby. Pulled this from practicalfishkeeping.comtoeknee said:Wow how did you get dwarf chain loaches?! Aren't they listed as critically endangered?
Ohhhh ok awesome to know they're being bred successfully!KiwiEnthusiast said:Yeah, but there are breeders in Asia that supply the hobby. Pulled this from practicalfishkeeping.com
"Numbers are dwindling however, largely due to hydro-electric damming, and the species is declared 'critically endangered' on the IUCN red list. In Thailand it is now protected.
Thankfully, they have been spawned in captivity on a large scale, via hormone treatment, for the trade and some also naturally, but in smaller numbers, by dedicated hobbyists."
That's a great idea. I think I'll pick up a spare tank today for just that. I could even grow some plants or moss in there for my other tanks. Question: does the tank have to be heated / filtered or can I get by with just water changes?Keystone said:I’m a big fan of ramshorns, too. Keep mine in a ramshorn only 5 gallon.
That's a great offer. I'm heading out today to hit a few LFS to see if I can find any ramshorn or even MTS. I will keep your offer in mind.Mcasella said:I have a bunch of these (I just pulled about 60 of them out of one tank, reds, blues, leopards, etc), I have only one that I really like and I found it yesterday, it looks like an actual ram's horn because it is deformed where the shell is growing out to the side.
So if anyone wants some ramshorns I will put water on the ones I pulled and can ship them to you for 7.50 - all of them.
No they don't need heating, they're actually cold water snails but can be kept in heated tanks alsoKeystone said:Aquarius_in_nyc - my ramshorn tank isn’t heated - they’re still going strong 2 winters later.
PonzLL said:My ramshorn snail pickle jar pretty regularly swings from 60 to 80 degrees on days and nights I leave the windows open. They thrive in there regardless.
Keystone said:Aquarius_in_nyc - my ramshorn tank isn’t heated - they’re still going strong 2 winters later.
That's great, I have a spare 2.5 gallon round tank I might employ just for snail's. Though I like the large pickle jar idea as well.allllien said:No they don't need heating, they're actually cold water snails but can be kept in heated tanks also
Sounds like a plan!! I'm going to start setting it up when I get home tonight.PonzLL said:So use the 2.5 gallon for your main ramshorn tank and use the pickle jar to place any cool colors that pop up in!
Ok so here's what the tank looked like when it housed my dragon scale betta he seemed to enjoy himself in it but now he's in a nice 5 gallon with live plants, and this tank is now sitting empty on my shelf.. Excuse the dI'm lighting in the photos, I was trying to show how nice the tanks led light made my betta glow.PonzLL said:Woohoo! Tag me in a build thread if you make one! Or post the pics here!
Why can't I be that lucky? lol. I stopped by one of my favorite LFS and the associate in charge of aquatics, a great guy, has gotten to know me and orders shrimp for me. So when I asked about the possibility of getting any ramshorn or even MTS his response was "no way!!"......bettabo1 said:My lfs gave me some ramshorn and bladder snails for free when we started talking about puffer woot!
Yeah some places just don't stock them, some get a few in accidentally on plants etc. (and will usually give them to you), and others actually get them in to sell. You might have to look around a bit, but I'm sure someone will have them, or if not, do you know of anyone with fish ponds in their front yards? lol that's how I acquired my first ones but those are often prolific breeders so may not be best..Aquarius_in_nyc said:Why can't I be that lucky? lol. I stopped by one of my favorite LFS and the associate in charge of aquatics, a great guy, has gotten to know me and orders shrimp for me. So when I asked about the possibility of getting any ramshorn or even MTS his response was "no way!!"......