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post #1 of 9 Old 10-05-2008, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Need help IDing a snail!

I just adopted a snail from petco. It is about the size of a golfball, tan-brown with dark stripes going perpendicular to the shell growth. The flesh is black.

Now heres the weird part (for me, idk much bout snails) when i had the temperature syncing up in the tank it extended a huge (about 4-5 inches long) tube thing that looked like a pipe cleaner (assume its a tube and not some sort of filament).

It has a trapdoor and i got a clutch that kinda looks and feels like Styrofoam, flesh colored and wild beehive like shape.

And I have a heavily planted tank, is it going to eat my plants or something?
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-05-2008, 08:08 PM
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Sounds like you have a Mystery snail (or Apple snail)...Pomacea Bridgesii or possibly Pomacea Canaliculata. Can you post a pic for proper ID? If it's a Brig it won't eat your plants but Cana will. The long tube it extended is used to breathe air from the surface. You have a female since it laid eggs.

Here's a link to some info on them:

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-05-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-05-2008, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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How can I tell the difference? When I know what to look for I am pretty good at determining it myself, I cant post pictures atm because my camera decided not to share tonight.

Until I figure out what to do with it ill keep it in my baby keeper with some zucchini.

*edit* Looked at it carefully and it has to be Pomacea canaliculata =(
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-07-2008, 06:01 AM
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How do you know is canaliculata and not a brig? What was the snail sold as? A mystery snail? Or an apple snail?

The points of the shells on these two species are really different. On the brig you'll see that the point on their shell sticks out way more and on the canaliculata it hardly sticks out at all.You really have to look for the difference in the spike. Another difference (now I've never tried this one myself) But on they body of the snail, the brig has many more red dots around his mouth then the canaliculata.

This is a brig

Theres a difference in the opening of the shell too.

And this is canaliculata

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-07-2008, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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It was sold as an adoption pet, someone didn't want him so they gave em to the store to sell.

Looking at the pictures above I am now leaning towards a brig. My camera is still a piece of fail but will try to upload pics later.

Its refreshing btw, that this forum seems to be active. Ive had to abandon 3 previous forums due to a lack of activity.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-10-2008, 09:13 AM
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glad you joined us.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-10-2008, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! This is about 1/3 as active as my non fish forums, but still more than 2x as active as other fish forums, hope everyone gets to know me as I get to know everyone else!
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-15-2008, 02:46 PM
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you'll be fine,join in with ongoing threads if you can,
it's always nice to see people interacting with each other,
you'll notice that this is a very friendly place to be,we
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