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post #1 of 21 Old 02-11-2009, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hitchhiker Snail, Help with ID and Info

I bought a new plant for my aquarium about two weeks ago. My LFS said the tank was snail free and seeing no obvious snails in it I decided to go for it. Well as it turns out their definition of snail free and mine are different:



Can anyone help me ID this snail? If its a slow breeder that isn't going to get huge I don't think I'd mind him. If he's going to be a crawling plague or get to the size of a golf ball my fish get a snack.

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post #2 of 21 Old 02-11-2009, 06:12 PM
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Looks like a pouch snail (Physas sp.) to me. Any more pics?

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post #3 of 21 Old 02-11-2009, 06:55 PM
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i got a few of these with some plants i picked them off and added them to my shrimp setup they seem harmless most people call them football snails down to there shape

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post #4 of 21 Old 02-15-2009, 03:48 AM
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I'm beginning to regret for killing off the pouch snails just when more assassin snails are arriving for me.

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post #5 of 21 Old 02-16-2009, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately he stayed up in that corner for a while and made getting a better picture impossible. He's also only about 3mm in diameter. Then after my last water change he headed off for parts unknown and I haven't spotted him again, no he didn't get sucked up in my gravel vac. I don't want to hit this tank with any kind of copper meds because I would like to add a few shrimp to it.

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post #6 of 21 Old 02-17-2009, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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A couple more snail pictures. He's decided to come out from hiding in the back and moseyed across the front pane of the aquarium. My betta flared up at him but like everyone else in the tank he doesn't give a crap. Poor Shark. He's also gotten quite a bit bigger from last time.




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post #7 of 21 Old 02-17-2009, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Someone's feeling photogenic today.




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post #8 of 21 Old 02-17-2009, 05:22 PM
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You must really like that snail to get pics just for him.

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post #9 of 21 Old 02-18-2009, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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No, I just really want to find out what he is so I know whether to remove him immediately or leave him be. Sort of like my otto I'm finding out I like some fish I didn't think I would before. Well in this case he's a snail. I just don't want him or his progeny over running the tank.

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post #10 of 21 Old 02-18-2009, 10:39 AM
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I had a few snails that looked just like that in my betta tank. I took them out and fed them to my loaches. I hope they weren't some of those special snails that Lupin breeds. I thought they were regular pond snails that would overrun the tank.

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