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Beerzy 05-05-2008 10:00 AM

shell fish
I have 3 bottom feeders, plecko's I belive, and last night I discoverd 2 tiny snails stuck to the side of my tank. It looks like I swerly shell that comes to a point and they are really small. I did not put them in there and was wondering what they could be. If I did not put them in there how did they develop?

GeegaFish 05-05-2008 11:01 AM

Hi there.

Do you have live plants in your tank? If so, the small swirled shells are small snails that "hitch-hiked" in on your plants. Baby snails are very small, some even microscopic I believe. A few snails won't hurt your tank or plants, but unfortunately they can multiply quickly. I bought a Dwarf Puffer to help this problem in my 20 gal. guppy tank. I have very few snails, a happy puffer and happy guppies.

Good luck.

okiemavis 05-05-2008 05:02 PM

Those of us that keep puffers don't think of them as pests, but that's generally what they're considered. Unfortunately, puffers are definitely not community fish. If you want something to keep them under control, a carefully researched loach is probably a better idea. It's very hard to keep from introducing them to your tank, especially if you have live plants (they might come in as just egg sacks). They won't harm anything in small amounts, but you might as well take them out when you see them.

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