This is just a short description of what works for me when it comes to breeding snails. At the moment I breed common pond and more so Ramshorn snails. The Ramshorn is on the left.
I have two tanks that breed them. One is set up much the same way as RTR describes in his article Snail Breeding, while the other is set up in a very basic way, as described below. I find it’s enough to provide for 28 puffers with plenty to spare!
The tank holds approximately 4.3 UK gallons. It consists of the snails, an air powered filter, a clump of java moss and a 15w bulb – no heater!- although I do find they breed quicker at higher temperatures. The bottom is bare to allow for ease of maintenance. It also has a piece of cuttle bone in to increase the water hardness but at last check the water parameters were:
- pH: 7.6
- GH: 12
- KH: 10
The first couple of pictures show the jelly-like mass which are the eggs and as you can see are numerous. They were taken during a water change to allow you to see the eggs more clearly.The eggs should remain under water to prevent them from drying out.
The tank is heavily fed with old stock fish flake. Occasionally a lettuce leaf or piece of cucumber is thrown in. The water is changed 80% once a week.