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post #1 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question Where did this snail come from,and what kind is it

I just saw this snail in my tank a few days ago and was wondering how it got in there.I have two nerites but any eggs they lay can't hatch because my water is to soft.Any ideas on what kind it is?
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 07:40 PM
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Am not sure on what type of snail it is as they are not something I keep.

In regards to where it came from, more than likely a hitchhiker on your plants if those are real plants (which they look like).

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 07:45 PM
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I could be wrong, but it looks like a pond snail to me.

I have some in my tanks and, so far, they're not the plague everyone makes them out to be.
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the plants are real.I was thinking that it might have come on one of my plants but I haven't added new plants in a couple of months.If it is a pond snail do you think theres only one or would their be more and do i have to worry about it eating my plants?

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 08:17 PM
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I have only seen a couple in my tanks and I haven't had a problem with my plants being attacked.

You could take out the one you can see but there are probably more in the tank. I think they only become a true threat is when you over feed and give them a huge food source.

I figured I would invest in an Assassin Snail if my tanks get overrun. (shrugs)
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 08:19 PM
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If you suspect that there might be more snails. Place a piece of Lettuce leaf in the tank overnight and by morning if there are more snails, they should be all over the lettuce.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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My aunt has 4 assian snails so if they got out of control i could just take one of hers since they are readily breeding in her tank and she has babys crawling all over the place.

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-05-2012, 09:47 AM
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That is a poond snail, I have them in all my tanks. Consider them your friend. These small snails eat waste, organic matter, algae, excess fish food, everything--but not plants. They help the bacteria by breaking down organic matter into smaller bits, and they get everywhere in the tank to do this. Snails are a good part of a healthy aquarium.

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-05-2012, 10:56 AM
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I agree I have tons of these.

They are Bladder Snails A.K.A. Pond Snails.

They eat algae, waste and anything extra in the tank. Their eggs look like white air bubbles stuck to surfaces under the water. I've found some on the surface of the water before too.
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