Breeding Mystery Snail and Eggs
The mystery snails are gonochoristic which means that a male and a female must be present to reproduce. If you want to have more snails without going out to buy, the breeding process is simple.
The male and female will meet without the help or modified tank conditions. If you want your snails to breed, try lowering the water level by just a few inches to make room for them to lay eggs and make sure there is plenty of food as it usually breeds only when there is enough food to feed their next generation.
Where does the mystery snail lay its eggs?
When the female is ready to lay its eggs, she will lay her eggs on top or in water. They will leave their eggs in the cocoon making it easy to spot and to remove them if you do not want snail babies. Eggs can also be placed in other aquarium ornaments, rocks, and pebbles; that is why it is always recommended that you carefully inspect, dip and even quarantine any new items that will enter into your tank.
Some species of snails prefer to lay their eggs next to a glass. Snails from the family Ampullariidae, better known as apple snails, have both gills and lungs that breathe in and out of the water, allowing them to lay their eggs in different places.
If they lay their eggs above water the air around the cocoon should be moist enough for the eggs to hatch within a month.
What do mystery snail eggs look like?
While each type of snail will have different eggs, in the case of freshwater snail their eggs are easier to see in freshwater aquarium. The snail’s eggs will be clumped together with a ribbon and may have a transparent sac that holds them together. The eggs look like clear jelly bubbles may have a certain color depending on the type of snail.
Fertilized eggs will usually change color slightly and begin to show dark spots in a short time, which is an indication that the snails are hatching while unfertilized eggs don’t change colour which means that the clutch was not hatched.
How to hatch mystery snail eggs
Here are the steps to hatching the mystery snail eggs;
- Make sure there is enough humidity
You should keep the humidity up. If you do not, the clutch will dry out and will not hatch. You can use the heater aquarium for this.
To know that there is humidity, there has to be condensation. When using a heater, to make a condensation, the tank needs to be warmer than room temperature.
- Remove the eggs
Wait at least 48 hours before trying to move the clutch. At that point it becomes very difficult. It changes appearance, gets darker whereas before it was pale pink.
You don’t want to wait too long because it starts to become fragile when they start hatching. If you keep goldfish (or other fish that can eat baby snails), you will need to move the clutch orthey can end up eaten when they hatch in the tank.
- Transfer to a Hatching Spot
What is a hatching spot? This is where your eggs will be until they are hatched.
If you want to keep the eggs separated from the other inhabitants in the tank, you can make them an incubator by suspending a plastic box above the water line with a small amount of water in it to store the eggs and give them the nutrients they need. You can also separate part of the tank with a filling net and create a separate egg space. Be sure to keep the conditions stable for the eggs to thrive.
Even under the best of circumstances, not all eggs will produce snails. Some eggs may go unfertilized. The bigger the egg collection, the bigger the snail will be. Snails shell become harden and changes colour as they begin to grow in size.
You can release the baby’s mystery snails from the incubator when they are big enough not to get eaten by any fish in the tank, or you can transfer them to a larger tank.
How to Tell If the mystery snail eggs are fertile
Wondering how to tell if snail eggs are fertile? You may not always be able to determine that simply by looking at them. The eggs will appear darker when healthy. If, at the end of this period, you do not see any baby snails hanging in your tank, it is safe to conclude that the eggs are not hatching. You can remove them from the tank and dispose.
What if I Don’t Want More Snails?
While you probably can’t prevent mystery snails from laying eggs, you can control the amount of snails you want in your tank. If you see a group of eggs, you should remove them before hatching. The sooner you remove them, the better, because some clutch hatch faster than others.