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A couple days ago I was doing some big aquarium maintenance on the 38-gal snail tank. Basically I was bored of the black gravel and wanted to remove it, and do some redecorating.
I’ve done that sort of thing before and generally the corydoras and frogs know to cower in the opposite side of the tank to where I’m working. The snails however are too curious and tend to try and get in the way all the time.
So I temporarily hauled the lot of them out of the tank and plunked them all in the nursery with the babies.
It should be blatantly obvious but I’ll say it anyways: don’t overcrowd your aquariums! This was probably marginally acceptable because the situation only lasted for about 2 hours, and the nursery had been cleaned & had a water change before, and again after. But for the 2 hours, it was a 2 1/2 gallon enclosure of crazy snail claustrophobia…
It’s like they want to repopulate the Earth with snails. They’re laying, and laying, and laying…
I had 15 clutches in a single week. Some crummy photos below the fold.
I just moved another half-cup of babie snails out of the nursery and into the big tank. Actually it was more like a quarter-cup but they don’t all stay still at the bottom. “The contents of this package may have shifted during transportation.”
The pic shows them and their cup floating around in the big tank, doing the whole “adjust to the new temperature and water” thing. I counted out thirty of them. With the sixty I moved over earlier, that’s 90 babies now in the big tank…. and over a hundred still in the nursery tank.
Once they’d had enough time to adjust, someone came along and tipped over the cup…
This is what a hundred newborn baby snails look like:
Ok I don’t know if it’s an even hundred – I didn’t count them. This is just some of the snails from the second clutch. Not all of them. The first clutch isn’t included at all.
All them little dots are alive and looking for food. And when they find food – then all them little dots start pooping. And someday, if they all survive, each of them little dots will require 2 1/2 gallons of water, plus regular maintenance…