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KPainter 06-15-2012 01:16 PM

What kind of snail is this?
I have a few baby snails showing up in my tank. One in particular is kind of interesting looking. I tried to get a picture but he's too deep in the tank for my camera to focus on him. Right now, he's slightly larger than the head of a pin. His shell tapers to a point, like a fat upside down ice cream cone. It's mostly clear, but at the small end, it's got dark rings.

Any clue what kind that might be?

NeonRainbow123 06-15-2012 02:50 PM

Its difficult to ID without a picture but if the shell tapers to a point, there's a good chance its either a pond snail or a Malaysian trumpet snail - they are the most common with pointed shells. you won't really be able to tell until its a little bigger. Either way it's nothing to worry about, snails are a natural part of the ecosystem and will happily graze on any algae in the tank (pond snail) or burrow in your substrate so youll hardily see them and just eat the stuff that builds up there.
Hope this helps!
Oh if you get chance, upload a photo, as i said identification is much easier rather than just taking a stab in the dark!

KPainter 06-15-2012 02:55 PM

Thanks! If he gets closer to the glass, I'll snap a shot. I'm not worried about him being in there. I was going to buy snails anyway!

NeonRainbow123 06-16-2012 10:49 AM

Haha you've saved yourself a job then!

KPainter 06-16-2012 11:06 AM

There's also one patch of snail eggs on one of my plants. I check it every day but so far, nothing new. My brother had a plague of snail eggs, but his fish ate them before any of them hatched. My tetras don't seem remotely interested.

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