Ever look in your snail tank and see what looks like bubblegum stuck to the glass? Well, they are actually egg clusters. If any of you keep Mystery snails you may encounter these bubblegum like globs on your tank walls. Mystery snails will form clusters of pink egg sacks that will appear right above the waterline, including on your tank lid if you have one.
If you want to avoid an impending on-slot of new snails, I would quickly remove these clusters as soon as you see them appear. If they have already started hatching, you should easily be able to pull them from your tank. Thankfully, there are always Assassin snails to fully get rid of them.
New to the shrimp hobby? Wondering what other hobbyists are referring too when they through out weird terms like “saddled”? Below I have laid out a few of the more common, but not so easily understood terms that you should be familiar with if venturing in the hobby of shrimp keeping:
Referring to the unfertilized eggs sitting on a female’s back immediately behind her head. They tend to look like she has a saddle, hints the name
Female shrimp hold there eggs once fertilized under their belly. They typically carry between 25-30 eggs and they look like tiny berries hanging under her, hints the name
Stands for a “Hand on Back” filter. These work by sucking water up a tube set in the tank and then filtering that water through bio media and the water flows back into the tank. I strongly discourage the use of this type of filter in a shrimp tank as the babies can get sucked up
A common food type for shrimp. Typically comes in the form of a sinking wafer. Derived from Spirulina Algae
Stands for a Hamburg Matten Filter. This is the same principle of the common sponge filter, but you use a sponge sheet and trap water behind it as opposed to the normal cylindrical sponge filter
Let me know if there are any other terms you are not familiar with and I will add them here.
I have a love hate relationship with snails. On the one hand they are great tank wall cleaners and fun to watch roam around the tank. On the other, they are bully’s and attempt suicide on a regular basis.
Even with the above being said, I would highly suggest picking up a few Nerite Snails as they will keep your tank walls squeaky clean (no more float magnet!) I have kept several types of snails (Assassins, Mystery, Nerite, Rabbit/Mystery, and Bladder), the bladder snails were not on purpose and the Assassins made quick work of them. Nerite snails are by far the best at combating algae build up and on top of that they won’t bully food away from your shrimp. The only down side to them is that they frequently try to escape so be sure and keep a lid on your tank.
Snails, do you love them or hate them?
Tracked Nerite Snail
Many people say they can’t, but I can! I’ve got this cold weather shipping figured out and your shrimp will arrive alive and swimming happily. I haven’t lost a single shrimp during the Fall/Winter months (or the rest of the months for that matter) since I started shipping.
I take the utmost care to ensure your shrimp will arrive alive and happy. It starts first with the selection of shrimp ensuring only the healthiest shrimp are selected and then they are set aside for a period of time to expel as much poo as possible before being packaged.
I package all my shrimp in a Styrofoam lined box, wrap the Kordon bag in newspaper, and always fill the bag extra full for shipping in the colder months. Filling the bag more makes for a larger volume of water meaning the temperature will fluctuate less. This all results in a less stressed shrimp.
You may see other sellers use heat packs. I do not and do not recommend use of these as they will spike the temperature in the box and end up inducing unneeded stress on the shrimp. People forget that these shrimp grow up in the wild in cold water streams so they can take some cold weather with out even batting an eye.
I hope this calms your fears of ordering shrimp this Fall/Winter. Hope to receive your order soon 🙂