Hatching the Pomacea Bridgesi

Snails are amazing creatures to watch. Pomacea Bridgesi are also known as “Briggs” or “Mystery Snails”. This species is sought after because they will not overrun your aquarium and they do not do damage on aquatic plants like pond snails and ramshorn snails will. There are some Apple snails that have a different latin name and they will eat plants as well. Make sure you get the Pomacea Bridgesi. They will eat dead plants and clean up your tanks. There are different color variations and you can strategically breed different colors to obtain a certain color offspring.

These snails will climb out of the water in the tank and lay a cluster of eggs (known as a clutch) above the water line or on the underside of the top glass. It is amazing how much larger the cluster is in comparison to the size of the actual snail.

Here is a set of instructions for the paper towel hatching method.

Materials needed: A one quart size resealable plastic bag, 4 sheets of paper towels, plastic needlepoint canvas found in the craft section, a few small pieces of Styrofoam to help the canvas float, and a small breeder net will help as well.

Once you notice a cluster, leave it on the glass for about three days so it can harden and be handled.

  1. Saturate one paper towel and wring it out. Fold it in half and roll it up.
  2. Take two dry paper towels and fold in half and roll up around the wet paper towel. This will serve as your humidifier.
  3. Place in plastic bag.
  4. Once the cluster is hardened after about three days, scrape off glass and do not let it fall in water or they will drown. Place the clutch in the fourth paper towel and fold in sides and roll up. Secure with tape if desired.
  5. Place cluster in bag with your humidifier paper towel.
  6. Seal bag making sure there is plenty of air in it.
  7. Float bag in tank to incubate
  8. Check eggs every two days to make sure they did not mold and are not hatching yet. Eggs should hatch in 2-4 weeks depending on temperature and humidity.
  9. When eggs turn dark grey in color, they are getting ready to hatch.
  10. Take clutch from paper towel and float on plastic canvas with a couple of pieces of Styrofoam underneath to help float. I place this in a breeder net so I can feed the hatched babies easier and not suck them up on a water change. Eggs will hatch and when the babies are ready, they will enter the water.

Note: Snails will eat pretty much anything that falls to the bottom of the tank but they absolutely love to eat zucchini.

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