Awesome! Your tank looks great.
The hardest part is finding a balance between wet and dry. You want to keep it moist because if it is too dry they seal themselves off in temporary hibernation (called estivation) and not do much of anything. If it is too moist mold will start to grow and you will have gnats and nematodes. The balance I have found best is to mist them twice a day where the sticks, rocks, and leaf litter dries out in between. Then I do a full cleaning on the weekend where I move the snails to another tank (empty with only an 1/8" of water for them to bathe in), wash all rocks and sticks with hot hot water, and dry out the soil with a fan after removing the eggs to the baby tank. Every month I scrub the adults with an old toothbrush as they get pretty dirty from the slime buildup (they crawl all over each other all the time).
It takes quite a bit of work, but not the daily maintenance you are used to with your silkworms. They are fascinating creatures... They are all hermaphrodites and their mating is bizarre. They have their sexual parts on the right side of their head and they shoot brutal looking "love darts" into each other sometimes as part of the mating ritual.
If you go to the Niles bio website in the snail area it tells you what permit you need. it was really easy to get, I did it online.
Awesome! Thanks so much! I love having these little breeding projects too! It's great being able to offer such a variety and not having to buy so many feeders. I have found your blogs very helpful! I am working with my silks right now thanks to you! I just got horn eggs in. Hopefully those will be a success as well!
How can a cham eat snails with those hard shells on them??
I would think that would cause compaction big time!!??
Thank you for all the awesome tips. I really hope I see this crazy mating situation, that sounds interesting. I am really excited to start a new project.
I got the snails at http://www.nilesbio.com/subcat340.html you will need to get a permit from USDA if you live outside of California.
Nice, lucky you. They also have other interesting bugs and things you can check out.
I just checked it out a little more and they have everything everything but hornworms but thats ok. I'm glad I came across this and I think it was deadhd5's thread the other day about the snails. Thanks again guys.