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Brackish nerite tank [updated 11/15]
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Greenthumb
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PostPosted: 2007.11.09(Fri)20:59    Post subject: Brackish nerite tank [updated 11/15] Reply with quote

Here is my 5.5 gal Brackish tank that I'm using to try to breed some olive nerites in. I have some eggs as you can see, but I have not seen any fry. It has been setup for about 4 weeks now and here are the specs

pH -7.7
N02- .1mg/L
N03- 8mg/L
GH- Hard
Ca- 360ppm
Gravity 1.014
and about 76 F





A male and female breeding

Unhatched eggs
Any comments are welcome.
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lenoirj
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Location: Yakima, Washington

PostPosted: 2007.11.10(Sat)0:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks very nice! It reminds me of a mysterious cave. What is that big, leafy plant on the left hand side?
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PostPosted: 2007.11.10(Sat)23:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tank looks great!! Snails are hermaphrodites so they are both male and female. Maybe this species is an acception?? I don't think they can mate with themselves or self fertilize though. Good luck with the breeding Smile
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ceci9293
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Location: Austin, TX

PostPosted: 2007.11.12(Mon)3:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nerites are an exception. Here's a quote from Advanced Aquarists Online Magazine: "Unlike many snails that spawn by releasing gametes into the water, Nerites reproduce by having sex! The male has a penis and the female has an organ to store sperm."

That's a beautiful tank, CK! I love it. Best of luck with the breeding!
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Jacko
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Location: Washington

PostPosted: 2007.11.12(Mon)13:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! Lots of eggs... *rubbing hands together* Laughing

Where did you get the wood and anubias? Love the tank!
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Greenthumb
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PostPosted: 2007.11.12(Mon)16:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the comments so far guys. Nerites are indeed gender specific, I've been trying to sort out who is who in the tank, however I've only identified 1 female so far, I might get some nailpolish and mark them on their shells if I get really modivated or start to have success and need to upgrade tanks. As for the plants its on java moss and anubias nana.
Jacko, I got the anubias from my community tank (opening up plenty of space for my stargrass to grow in) and the wood comes from some I purchased online, and also a piece from The Fish Store (they have tons to choose from and pretty reasonable prices). The tank doesn't have a filter in it right now, I am planning on making a simple sponge filter however by splitting the line that runs to the bubble wall, and running it to an airstone surrounded by some filter media. I figure on such a small bioload that should be more that enough.
As for the eggs I have 2 that have cracked open, however I think they were unfertilized as it only took a week, the others are turning darker (which I have read is a sign of maturity) and there are about 40 of them scattered around 3 egg patches.
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PostPosted: 2007.11.13(Tue)4:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big is this tank?
I might want to breed nerites but I don't really know where to start...
Are nerites available in the US?
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PostPosted: 2007.11.13(Tue)16:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

the tank is 5.5 gal, though if I could do it again I think I would move to a 20g. Nerites are available in the US, only through specialty breeders and very good LFS. You won't find them at your run of the mill fishshop. If you want to start breeding, I would get 10 or so, and start setting up a brackish tank. You can't keep any other fish in it, if you are serious about breeding them because their fry are microscopic and would be eaten up.
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PostPosted: 2007.11.15(Thu)20:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2007.11.15(Thu)20:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, one of the top five tanks Iv seen. No lie, I love the mysterious look.
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