HOB refugium snail breeder?

Tain't fresh, and tain't marine! Talk about brackish setups.
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HOB refugium snail breeder?

Post by Brian42 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:10 pm

I was considering purchasing a hang on the back refugium for snail breeding purposes. I'm converting a 110g cichlid tank to a brackish figure 8 puffer/ bumblebee goby tank. The issue I'm coming up with is not much info on brackish snails. Netrite do breed in brackish but possibly too slow to preform as feeders. Ramshorn may survive brackish depending on the species... I currently have mts in my tank, they do survive brackish but have too hard of shell for puffers. Would it be productive to just breed the MTS an pre"smash" them for the puffers or would that not help with filing their teeth?

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Re: HOB refugium snail breeder?

Post by Biff Malawi » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:54 am

i buy large snails from the asian food market and smash them for my fahaka and you can hear the teeth on the shells so smashing mts should be fine. lord knows they will breed well enough.
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Re: HOB refugium snail breeder?

Post by RTR » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:33 am

IMHO & IME a ten is way too small for a highly active fish such as an F-8, and it would quickly become polluted if you tried to couple it with a snail breeding tank, which is improper with brackish water in any case. Please re-think your plans before you shoot yourself (and a puffer) in the foot.

F-8 do not need large snails, or brackish water snails. They do fine with home-bred FW ramshorns and/or common pond snails along w/other foods. BW snails for BW tanks tend to be varieties of Nerite snails, which are primarily SW snails in that SW is required for breeding, and this is not done in captivity SFAIK.

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Re: HOB refugium snail breeder?

Post by dpmom » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:51 am

RTR wrote:IMHO & IME a ten is way too small for a highly active fish such as an F-8
It's a 110, not a 10. :wink:
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Re: HOB refugium snail breeder?

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:41 pm

RTR doesn't see too well... :geezer:
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: HOB refugium snail breeder?

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:41 pm

RTR doesn't see too well... :geezer:
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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