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marshallsea 08-24-2012 02:24 PM

Snail questions
 
I've been buying plants and have gotten a few hitchhiker snails. They're way too small for a picture, but maybe you can take a guess what they are. They are cone shaped to a point on one side. What are these and are they the snails that can breed with only one snail? Can a ramshorn snail breed with only one?

redchigh 08-24-2012 02:39 PM

http://www.bettatude.com/Snails/pond-snail1.jpg
is a pond snail. That's the only one I know of that's got a point on the side...


As far as I know, all snails need a mate to reproduce. The confusion arises because whatever carries the snail in can easily carry in some hidden eggs.

marshallsea 08-24-2012 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 1212294)
http://www.bettatude.com/Snails/pond-snail1.jpg
is a pond snail. That's the only one I know of that's got a point on the side...


As far as I know, all snails need a mate to reproduce. The confusion arises because whatever carries the snail in can easily carry in some hidden eggs.

Good info, thank you.

redchigh 08-24-2012 02:48 PM

they also don't eat healthy plants- I keep pond and ramshorn snails in all my tanks as a cleanup crew.

marshallsea 08-24-2012 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 1212307)
they also don't eat healthy plants- I keep pond and ramshorn snails in all my tanks as a cleanup crew.

I recently got a BN Pleco, do the snails and Pleco compete for the same food?

redchigh 08-24-2012 03:05 PM

I wouldn't worry about the pleco starving to death on account of the snails if that's what you're asking...But yes, the snails will nibble on the pleco's food if they get to it first.


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