05-19-2011, 09:46 PM
| || | Plant hitch hiker snail identification
Out of all the plants I am always buying from Petsmart and LFS I got my first hitch hiking snail in my 15g!!! It is super dooper TINY!!! Way too small for my crappy point and shoot digital to get a pic of...so I will do my best to describe the little thing in hopes that someone can confirm what type of snail it might be. I am 95% sure it came on my wisteria plant purchased from petsmart (or some of the moneyworts...either way the plants that it could be were all from Petsmart as the others were bought at the LFS 6+ months ago, or came in the "snail free" tubes). I asked my Petsmart if they knew what kind of snails inhabit their tanks, they looked at me with a blank stare, so I named off a few, they had no idea and seemed to only respond when I said pond snail. She said she doubted it was a MTS, ramshorn, nerite or any other, but to be honest, I think the only snail she would recognize is a mystery snail and thats only because they sell them. My best guess is it is the kind of snail that invades Petsmart tanks daily... not sure what they are either so looking for that answer too. So this little thing cruises around the tank, and I see it about 2-3 times every other day. It goes out of water about 1/2 inch above tank water and comes back after its explored. It even walks along the water surface in the middle of the tank with its shell pointing down to the sand and plants...first time I saw that it creeped me out!! LOL Its a dark chocolate brown right now, but when its in the light I can see red hues and it reminds me of a ladybug. None of the loaches, rasboras, or betta bother it, and it does not appear to be eating on any of my many plants in the tank (wisteria, moneywort, brazillian pennywort, amazon sword, java fern, crypt wendtii). Would like to know what I am dealing with especially in regards to breeding speeds as I hear a lot of small annoying snails are asexual and dont need a partner to reproduce. I am sure I am unlucky and got a super easy to breed bladder snail or something that will take over my tank with babies in a couple of months, but I hold some hope for brighter news. The snail is super tiny, smaller than a 1/4 of an inch!! When I first noticed it on the back of the rock cave I thought it was a piece of debris slowly moving along the rock cave via filter movement...then in horror realized it was a snail!!! (Okay, so horror isnt an accurate description of how I felt and is totally an overstatement, but it works for story purposes I guess. LOL ) So, any of you snail experts out there able to identify this guy/gal without a photo???