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Moe and the Mysteries

Post  kat12 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:56 am

This was Moe the day we got him.   He was small enough I think this photo was sitting on my finger.  


a month or so later.






And on to the mysteries - but a story first.  

I got delayed on posting any of this because my 4 year old daughter came down - at 6am (no I am not awake this early, I am STILL awake from yesterday morning!)  FREAKING OUT that her golden snail was "broken"  

Poor kid had come down to see this:  




I had given her golden snail an orange tums and well.... you can see it...  


That is a male, but for the sake of not having a mad daughter, it's a girl Very Happy









this is my son's blue one, which is a female, but to keep from having an unhappy son, it's a boy.

I guess I don't torment my ivory one enough to have pictures and not sure on gender on that one yet.

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Post  williemcd on Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:23 am

Great photo's Kat!

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Post  neogeo20041 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:54 pm

Those are nice looking snails you got. I haven't seen that many people that love snails but they are very unique and a great pleasure to have in you fish tanks.
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Post  kat12 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:23 pm

The kids like the snails and the plecos more than they like the fish mostly - odd kids! They are more interesting than I expected them to be.

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Post  neogeo20041 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:36 pm

I have some Adonis Pleco Smile really cool
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Post  Doxiemom on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:43 pm

Mystery snails are waay cool!!
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Post  Amp2020 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:54 pm

Its really cool when you have several mystery snails in a tank and they start laying eggs. They don't lay eggs in the water, but actually climb out of the water and place them a few inches above. Then after a while the babies fall into the water and fill up the tank quickly.

The broken shell is a sign that the pH is a bit low. Planted tanks tend to have lower pH levels naturally. Get a pH test kit to make sure it doesn't get too low for them. I try to keep my water close to a neutral 7 with either buffers or bakingsoda. But I also have trouble keeping livebearers. So the higher pH may not be ideal for the platies. Not sure what conditions are ideal for platies but I'm sure my tanks are not it. I find that snail shell will dissolve at different pH levels. Mysteries and rams horn will start at 6.5 or below. The common pond snails can tolerate much lower levels of around 6.0.

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Post  kat12 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:06 pm

The blue and Ivory have about perfect shells, just my daughter's golden has been having issues. the PH is right around 7 in the tank. I am getting some egg clutches soon to hatch that will be in the baby tank.

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Post  Amp2020 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:22 pm

Are the eggs above the water level? I've had them dry up before and never hatch. A little trick is to put an air stone directly below the eggs. The splashing will keep them moist and save you from having to splash them twice a day to keep from drying out.

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Post  kat12 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:31 pm

eggs are being mailed so will set up a hatcher to float on the water

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Post  kat12 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:49 pm

Well, hatching of clutch a success... and an excuse not to take down my 10 gallon Very Happy tanks in the kitchen is totally normal right???? My blue also laid a clutch from her and my male golden snail on 9/13 so there should be some jades in there. Might be a little addicted to these.... If anyone is looking for some in the next few months let me know (and beyond then too!)

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Post  neogeo20041 on Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:41 pm

Wouldn't mind messing with some snails Razz
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Post  kat12 on Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:40 pm

about a month and I should be able to ID colors of the little guys from the first couple clutches Very Happy

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Post  neogeo20041 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:00 am

cool :p just let me know we can do some kind of trade
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Post  kat12 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:44 am

think there is any chance of cherry shrimp reproducing in a 10 gallon with baby mystery snails?  

Here's newborn picts of a couple of them.


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Post  neogeo20041 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:28 pm

Yah! as long as there is enough algae to eat there shouldn't be any trouble.
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Post  kat12 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:00 am


light purple stripe


ivory


dark purple stripe


golden

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Post  neogeo20041 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:48 pm

Nice snails Smile
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Post  kat12 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:26 pm

thanks, those ones are all right around marble sized Very Happy

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Post  neogeo20041 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:28 am

very hard to tell their size from the pics
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Post  kat12 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:55 am

moe



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Post  neogeo20041 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:33 am

Golf ball size???
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Post  kat12 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:34 pm

neogeo20041 wrote:Golf ball size???
yup, he should get to baseball size.

and the 4 cups of plants/veggies he ate last week should help him with that....

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Post  neogeo20041 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:19 pm

Very nice! You should start breeding hard to find invertebrates.
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Post  kat12 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:01 am

neogeo20041 wrote:Very nice! You should start breeding hard to find invertebrates.
confused Very Happy

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