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    Unofficial Breeding Journal for Astrea Snails

    Was working on the nano today when I noticed a couple things! First was this little shell outside of the tank (open top rimless) so he must have escaped...



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    And then I found this guy on the glass...



    Sorry I don't have a nice macro lens to get some good pics (guys are about the diameter of a 10ga copper wire), but based on the fact that I have only 4 snail species (nassarius, cerith, astraea, and nerite) I'm thinking it is Astrea... It clearly has 2 antenna, and mouth like an astraea I wish I had a better camera... Hoping Joe will pipe up.

    Anyway, I'm hoping to get my sexy shrimp to start breeding soon, I now have 4 females (quite large) and 2 males (slightly smaller)...
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    Cool. Amazing the things that happen in or tanks that we just happen to catch every now and then.
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    Noticed the same thing in my 46 last week. I have about thirty of them.

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    Was it decided that these are Astrea snails? I was looking in my tank tonight and something moving caught my eye. I looked closer and it was a tiny snail, about the size of the little plastic head at the end of a pin. I looked further throughout my tank and I have been able to find what seems like hundreds.
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    I always thought Astrea snails have the taller ice cream cone shaped whorls whereas turbo snails had a horizontal whorl pattern. Anyway, mine look like these:
    http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f6...es-117662.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrumpto View Post
    I always thought Astrea snails have the taller ice cream cone shaped whorls whereas turbo snails had a horizontal whorl pattern. Anyway, mine look like these:
    http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f6...es-117662.html
    That is what mine look like as well. I'm curious to see how many survive to get a little bigger. I'm surprised they have survived long enough to get this big.
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    Wow, cool E! I've never seen Astreas breed before and that is what it looks like. Only thing I can get to multiply is my Strombus maculatus. I must dump a couple hundred outta my filter sock each week.

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    Just thought I'd say, those are actually Nerite snails, I'm doing work on them and finding fry all over the place in my tanks!
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