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Snaily Eggy Madness

Posted 2010.05.06 22.19 in Aquaria

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.

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Snails…

Posted 2010.03.15 21.14 in Aquaria

It has been a tumultuous fortnight, for the snailies.

About 2 weeks ago, my girl Shelly died for reasons unknown. She just slowed down and died. She had laid a dozen egg clutches, and had about 200 offspring sliming around the place, and I don’t know why she died but it was sad.

Then a few days after she passed on, some of her daughters started laying clutches of their own. Within a week, there were five new little clutches laid.

Then over the weekend Munchkin started to slow down, the way Shelly had. Munchkin was the father of all the wee babies. Today I came home from work in the afternoon, to find Munchkin too had passed away. 🙁 Again, I don’t know why…

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They Grow Up So Quickly…

Posted 2010.03.09 21.55 in Aquaria

Here is a photo of one of my snail babies, laying her own clutch of eggs. This little girl is less than 3 months old, and already she’s on her way to being a momma.

This was supposed to be impossible; I’ve read that they don’t start laying eggs till they’re at least 5 months old. Appearantly, this snail doesn’t know how to read.

BTW that white crud on her shell and to the right of her, is the remains of an older clutch that I hadn’t got around to cleaning off. This was always Shelly’s favorite egg-laying corner. Like mother, like daughter I guess.

Snailopolis

Posted 2010.03.01 18.14 in Aquaria

The mythical city of snails, spoken of only in hushed whispers since time immemorable.

Or maybe it’s just my 38-gallon snail aquarium. You know, one or the other.

Froggies and Snailies

Posted 2010.02.17 11.12 in Aquaria

Time for some more fishy photographs…

This is Spot, the Snail. The big white one, that is. I named him Spot because he has a black dot on his shell…you can’t see it in the photo because it’s on his butt. He wasn’t born that way, I put the dot there so I would be able to tell which one is him. It’s sort of a paradox thing… the dot is there so I can figure out who is Spot, but he wasn’t named Spot till after he had the dot… time travel can be confusing sometimes.

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Froggies!

Posted 2010.02.15 7.57 in Aquaria

Newest additions to my aquatic menagerie are a pair of African Dwarf Frogs – little micro froggies that only grow to about 1.5″ long, they live their whole lives in the water. Cute little guys, they seem a bit lost in the big tank with all the snails. 🙂

Bucket-O-Babies

Posted 2010.02.13 12.15 in Aquaria

After some procrastination and mixed emotions, I finally went and re-homed a bunch of my baby snails. The local fish store (LFS) had said they’d take them if they were bigger than nickle-sized. So I made a handy plastic jig with a 20mm slot in it, and any snail who couldn’t fit through the slot was big enough.

It took about an hour, rooting around the big tank almost up to my shoulders, trying to find and scoop out all the snailies who seemed big enough. Then test them with the jig, then separate out the ones who were going to the LFS from the ones I was keeping.

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