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Awkward First Time

Posted 2010.04.25 10.33 in Aquaria by Stephanie

The first attempt at mating is usually rather awkward and uncomfortable…

Unfortunately, feelings of awkwardness and nervousness may be exacerbated by some nitwit with a camera, leading to embarassment and ultimately ending the first attempt in shame and disappointment.

Snail Pile!

Posted 2009.11.12 17.23 in Aquaria by Stephanie

I’ve never seen them do this before – all five of my snails gathered up together in the corner next to a filter. And it appears that there’s some, ah, romance going on.


From top to bottom, there’s Shelly (all by herself), then Speed Racer, though (s)he’s mostly hidden behind Little Buddy who might be getting amorous, or might just be hanging on because he’s annoying that way. Then there’s Big Blue, and she’s almost certainly being ‘romanced’ by the little golden Munchkin who’s sitting on Big Blue’s side.

And to my chagrin and annoyance, there are also two of those dang-blasted planorbid snails in there as well, one on the Munchkin’s operculum and one on Big Blue’s operculum. Grumble grumble nuts and curses.

Aquarium Update #1 – Snail Tank

Posted 2009.11.09 9.05 in Aquaria by Stephanie

My 38-gallon aquarium, aka the Snail Tank, is where my apple snails live, along with some friendly fish. Not that I think people want to read all the nitty gritty details of my aquarium, so this is more or less for me, so if my memory goes, I will have something to refer back to.

The Snail Tank

There’s five apple snails in there right now. Speed Racer is my original snail, he (or she) is also the biggest. Then Big Blue, whom I am certain is a female, has been with me second-longest. Little Buddy is like a little brother or cousin to Speed Racer, and is definately male. Shelly is a pretty golden girl. And then the most-recent addition, a little golden male who doesn’t have an official name yet. I call him Munchkin though cos he’s kind of cute.

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