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Little-Fizz 04-13-2008 09:18 AM

Can anyone identify this snail?
Ok, so recently my mom bought a snail for my tank after my apple snail died. This new snail died shortly after being in the tank and since then we have not added anything else to the tank

But randomly this baby snail showed up, and only one. I'm not sure but it just doesn't look like an apple snail to me? Maybe I am wrong? But anyways this morning I have found just the shell of this snail so I snapped some pictures of it. They are not the best quality, so I appologize ahead of time but if anyone can help me out that would be great.

I just need to know if it's not an apple snail if it will eat plants and if I should expect to see more. Thanks!

Dtld9 04-13-2008 11:06 AM

It's either a pond snail or apple snail, kinda hard to tell from the pics

okiemavis 04-13-2008 11:11 AM

Looks like a pond/pest snail to me. Most won't eat plants if well fed, but you should keep an eye out. They breed like crazy. There's probably several egg clutches around that will hatch and make more.

Little-Fizz 04-13-2008 12:16 PM

Awesome thanks! Yeah I just looked it up, it's most definitely a pond snail.

I wonder how he got in there :? I've been looking for egg clutches because I thought it was the apple snails baby, I know apple snails lay egg clutches above the water line. So where would I find this pond snails egg clutch? Thanks again.

southafrica1001 04-13-2008 12:34 PM

you find them in the water usually on the glass, ornaments, and i think sometimes plants. they are usually clear sacs with white dots in the sac. the sac is jelly like as well.

fish_4_all 04-13-2008 02:07 PM

They lay eggs anywhere and everywhere, even in your filters. It is what makes them so hard to get rid of once you get them.

okiemavis 04-13-2008 04:42 PM

Yup! I let my puffer tank get taken over by them while I was cycling. Even looking at my tank now, I see the sacs on the bottom of just about every leaf in the tank, not to mention a bunch of other places. Obviously it's not an issue in my tank, as the puffer is a little murderous beast. But it's definitely a lesson on doing bleach dips of new plants!

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