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eileen 07-14-2010 10:56 PM

My tiny snails maybe Assassin snails
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Here is a picture of a few of the tiny tiny snails I have on the bottom of all my tanks. My friend thought they were MTS snails but I think they are Assassin snail babies. I bought 13 Assassin snails and they seem to not touch these that's why I think they are Assassin snail babies. These have the yellow stripe coming thought but I also have the dark brown ones aso that are the same.I read somewhere they come in a few different colors besides brown & yellow stripe. They are in a little snack cup next to a penny photo taken with a magnifying glass next to the lens. They are about the size of a quilt pin head. They have that trumpet nose thing like the Assassin snails do and don't eat my live plants. If any one knows what they might be by looking at the picture reply to the thread.

bgkfish lady30 07-15-2010 12:45 AM

they look like it be carefull

aunt kymmie 07-15-2010 12:49 AM

They look nothing like my MTS babies.

eileen 07-15-2010 01:02 AM

I think they are Assassin snails. As you can see in the picture they are tiny tiny next to a penny I have under the cup. I know that Assassin snails after their egg pods hatch will bury under the gravel or sand and you do not see them for a few months. after 2-3 months they venture out of the sand or gravel and you start to see them. They take just as long about 8-9 months or more to grow. They do not eat my live plants just food and crawl on the wood or plants. My yo yo loaches in my big tank have kept the numbers down though but I still see alot in my sand with my magnifying glass.In the picture you can see that dark nose tube thing that Assassin snails have. Kym, how did you ship your snails just wondering? They look nothing like MTS snails as those have long narrow spiral shells. You can also see the yellow stripe on the brown shell of these some of mine are a plain dark brown.

aunt kymmie 07-15-2010 01:08 AM

Taken from another thread in case you see this one first:

"It was pretty simple for me to send her the MTS snails. All I did was wet a paper towel (REALLY wet), folded it over a few times, and then I placed it in a zip lock back with the snails inside. I sent it to her in a flate rate priority envelope. It was only here to Vegas, a two day transit. Where is Mordalphus, I forget? If you have breather bags I would think the snails would be fine in a few days transit. Snails are tough little buggers."

iamntbatman 07-15-2010 05:15 AM

I think you could be right that they're juvenile assassin snails. For future reference, though, don't put pennies in the water! Inverts, including snails, are highly sensitive to copper and can die from very low levels of copper in the water.

eileen 07-15-2010 02:44 PM

The penny was not in the water. It was underneath the bottom of the clear plastic cup. I know all about Copper being bad for snail and dwarf shrimps. I have Red Chery Shrimps also.

Lupin 07-16-2010 05:35 AM

I don't remember these being juvenile assassin snails. I've seen baby assassin snails and these ones featured in pics are nothing like the baby assassin snails at all. The only reason assassin snails could have ignored them (assuming they're not assassins) is because they're too small to be eaten. Assassins do not eat baby snails that are less than half their size.

spoot 07-16-2010 07:53 AM

Looks like assassins, hard to say with them that small though.
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Lupin 07-16-2010 08:56 AM

After trying to recall the babies, second pic showing the one on top may likely be one but the rest still have shells longer than the ones of the baby assassins I've seen.

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