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post #1 of 16 Old 01-02-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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this is hard to explain but i woke up and looked at my 10 gallon tank and when i turned on the aquarium lights, i noticed these tiny tiny tiny little white things on the glass, plants, and gravel. the are hard to describe and cant take a pic of them, but they look like scale bugs. Flat, roundish things with a red spot in the middle (organs maybe?) they dont look like snails since they seem to be an entire body rather than a blob in a shell. what are these things? they just appeared overnight! my fish seem to be doing as well as they usually are.


I checked an hour ago and they seem to be gone. maybe they come out at night? the largest one i saw was about the size of a pinhead?

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-03-2011, 07:48 AM
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Maybe planaria?

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post #3 of 16 Old 01-03-2011, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe planaria?

i dont think so, these are oval like more than long and arenet free swimming. She slide across the glass, plants, and gravel

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post #4 of 16 Old 01-03-2011, 11:01 AM
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Sounds like snails to me. But not the common pond snails that you are used to seeing.

I think you have Acroloxidae snails. I have them in my show tank as well, and haven't experienced any issues related to them. They are so small that I rarely notice them there. And yes, mine seem to only come out at night, there is no sign of them within an hour of the lights coming on.

A bit of info about them here:
http://www.applesnail.net/content/snails_various.php

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post #5 of 16 Old 01-03-2011, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
Good call! Those seem like it! Where do you think they came from?
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Good call! Those seem like it! Where do you think they came from?
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As far as I can tell, mine came in either on a Sword plant I bought, or with a group of Cherry Shrimp. Both were added about the same time, so I can't narrow it down any further.

I think that most of the time, snails come from plants. I don't even try to do anything about controlling them. They are a good cleanup crew for the aquarium. Just make sure you don't overfeed your fish, and your snails won't have enough munchies to completely take over.

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post #7 of 16 Old 01-04-2011, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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As far as I can tell, mine came in either on a Sword plant I bought, or with a group of Cherry Shrimp. Both were added about the same time, so I can't narrow it down any further.

I think that most of the time, snails come from plants. I don't even try to do anything about controlling them. They are a good cleanup crew for the aquarium. Just make sure you don't overfeed your fish, and your snails won't have enough munchies to completely take over.
i think it was some pennywort i added recently. It was the one time i didnt thouroughly clean the plant XD

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post #8 of 16 Old 01-04-2011, 10:00 AM
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I used to try cleaning plants before putting them in, but I decided it was futile : P

Seems to me that EVERYONE with a planted tank ends up with snails at one point or another. I rinse my plants off with tank water before planting them, I don't really bother with scrubbing.

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I usually leave plant's in a bucket of aquarium water for 24 hours before rinsing them. Seems a lot of the snails think they have found a new home and the rinsing helps remove the rest but yes,,I too have snails that I did not place in the tank on purpose, as well as trumpet snails which I did place in the tank.

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I usually leave plant's in a bucket of aquarium water for 24 hours before rinsing them. Seems a lot of the snails think they have found a new home and the rinsing helps remove the rest but yes,,I too have snails that I did not place in the tank on purpose, as well as trumpet snails which I did place in the tank.
i have malaysian trumpet snails i put in the tank but this is actually the first time ive had snails without consent. at least they arent pond snails XD

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