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Archie F. Swin
04-03-2007, 11:51 PM
So, last fall I gain my daughter's interest in buying a [single] snail for her aquarium. These aquatic snails (called Black Mystery Snails) are not hermaphroditic. In other words, you need an individual male and female in order to breed and produce offspring. Back in January or February we surprisingly notice one baby snail, about the size of a pencil lead. Since we purchased only one adult snail originally, we assumed that possibly this baby snail was accidentally netted when we recently bought a fish. Soon after, the adult snail died.

Well, several weeks later, the "baby" snail (assuming it to be the only one in the tank) grew to slightly less than the size of a AAA battery and then we discovered as many as 7 to 8 more snails about the size of the pencil lead (shorter than the nail of your pinky finger)

Today, I cleaned the tank, and tonight....Approx 15 snails!? So, based on what I can gather...the original snail we bought was pregnant...or laid eggs once in our tank?

Pretty soon we'll have a snail for every planeteer..I fear

crazycoffey
04-03-2007, 11:57 PM
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Is this what you had in mind?????

acesn8s
04-04-2007, 03:13 AM
OMG!!! My daughter's fish did the same thing! We bought her two fish but one died very quickly. The other decided to give birth nine weeks later but their reproductive cycle is 4 weeks. Now I have 10 little fish plus mama. The 1 gallon tank has now been replaced by a 10 gallon tank. My cheap gift is costing me mucho denero. :(

IA_Chiefs_fan
04-04-2007, 06:37 AM
Did you purchase live plants for your tank?

Archie F. Swin
04-04-2007, 06:57 AM
Did you purchase live plants for your tank?

no

kepp
04-04-2007, 09:28 AM
My daughter got a 5 gallon starter tank for Christmas from my sister (thanks, sis) and we managed to kill everything that entered those waters. Snails, fish, whatever...all dead. We had to tell her that "Goldfish" and "Darkfish" (her names for them) went on vacation. We cleaned out the tank and threw it away. Might I suggest the same?

Mr. Plow
04-04-2007, 09:37 AM
My wife gave me a fish for Valentine's Day one year. She kept it alive for several weeks before giving it to me. I killed it within 24 hours.



Fish suck.

stlchiefs
04-04-2007, 09:43 AM
Anyone want to buy a 5 gallon hex aquarium? I love my fish. NOT

Archie F. Swin
04-04-2007, 10:05 AM
We cleaned out the tank and threw it away. Might I suggest the same?

I was thinking more along the lines of a snail "puppy" mill

JBucc
04-04-2007, 10:08 AM
I had one little goldfish for about 4 years. It sucked, never got another one.

Fish
04-04-2007, 10:14 AM
Fish suck.

You suck.

Archie F. Swin
04-04-2007, 10:22 AM
I had one little goldfish for about 4 years. It sucked, never got another one.

bet it never shat on the floor or chewed your new shoes!

Mr. Plow
04-04-2007, 10:27 AM
You suck.

You bite.

crazycoffey
04-04-2007, 10:55 AM
I like sushi

El Jefe
04-04-2007, 12:30 PM
Sushi is not very good IMO. Fish die too easy and cost to much to keep replacing.

Delano
04-04-2007, 12:36 PM
Sushi is not very good IMO. Fish die too easy and cost to much to keep replacing.

Fishkeeping is like any other hobby. If you do your research and are willing to put the time and money into the hobby, the fish will live. It is very expensive and you must make sure that the stock that you put in your tank is disease free from a quality distributor.

Quality sushi is some of the best food on earth IMO.