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post #1 of 8 Old 05-26-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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I was doing my weekly water change today and I noticed something on the side of the tank, I thought it was a piece of dead plant but when I looked closer is it a baby snail, it is about 3 mm long and completely see through. where did it come from? should i take it out? I don't know what to do with it, do they eat algae cuz my 5 gallon does have an algae eater in it I could transplant him over there because I don't want him to eat all the algae form my oto. but if he is harmful I will remove him completely please help ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-26-2012, 11:59 AM
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snails are not harmful. People have a 'phobia' of them that's blown way out of proportions.

They don't eat diatoms, which is the only algae that your otto will eat. (and all algae eaters need food from the store in case you didn't know.)

Snails help keep the water clean, and will eat dead or dying plant leaves. (which prevents them from rotting.)

If they overpopulate, then you are absolutely, positively, overfeeding. They'll stay under control if your tank is balanced. All of my tanks have 2-3 pond snails and 5-8 ramshorns.

Snails and snail eggs usually hitchhike into tanks on plants.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-26-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks I was kinda freekin out a little where do you think he came from?

and second question if I move him into my other tank will mollies and giant dainos bother it?

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I'd just leave him where he is for now. Have you added any new plants to the tank lately?

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a few weeks ago I bought some plants and I have found 2 more they have a dark brown shell, just a little bigger than the clear one what kind are they?
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I also supplement my oto with blanched zucchini. he is a fat little guy lol
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-27-2012, 12:26 PM
They're just pond snails. I remove them from plants before adding them because they're messy and produce a lot of waste. Some fish will eat them. Don't be concerned about protecting them. I'm sure you have 100 more in there you don't even know about. LOL
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if you start to get a problem with "pest" snails

then i would suggest a couple of assasin snails, theyll keep the population under control. Unfortunately my assasins have been breeding well and have made the "pest" snails extint in my aquarium. Iv chekily asked my LFS if they have any to give my Assasins a treat

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