I really want to get a Red/Pink ramshorn snail to combact some algae on the glass surfaces that are hard for me to reach. From past experiences with a nerite snail I know that one nerite does a really good job, but poops A LOT! It was so messy. So I really just want the have one and NOT a population of ramshorns.
I have chosen ramshorn because I wanted something different. I highly doubt it will poop any less than a nerite though. The great thing about my nerite was that it was a male. Never laid a single egg.
My Questions related to the ramshorn's reproduction:
1) Since the ramshorns are hermaphrodites will they breed by itself even if I have 1?
2) If I get the smallest snail will it diminish the chances that it has mated with another snail already? I read that once it has mated before it will produce babies on it's own.
3) Will it still just lay infertile eggs if I start off with a young snail?
To recap...I don't want to have to clean up eggs and no babies. Just one snail.
Thanks and feel free to give me a biology lesson and correct me.