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post #11 of 21 Old 11-05-2009, 12:54 PM
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Is there any way to get clearer photos? Its impossible to tell what that is in the current pics because they are too blurry.

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post #12 of 21 Old 11-05-2009, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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How about these? Almost looks like a buildup of something. I hope it's not snail eggs, my snail has been kind of all over the place lately. I guess they was some yesterday as well and I just didn't notice it.
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post #13 of 21 Old 11-05-2009, 01:49 PM
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I will need to dip into some of my research papers before I can attempt to identify these white spots. Please sit tight and give me a chance.
As for snail eggs... they are not mystery snail eggs if that is your concern. Mystery snails lay egg sacs just above the surface of the water and it is very distinctive. It is difficult to describe but is usually about the size of a medium sized pinecone and is off white to pinkish in color. These white spots in your photos are not mystery snail eggs.

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post #14 of 21 Old 11-05-2009, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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That sounds great. The water has been kind of hard so it's kind of weird that it's perfect little dots but maybe a buildup of salt, calcium or lime..?
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post #15 of 21 Old 11-05-2009, 03:12 PM
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I had another thought... can you post a photo of your mystery snail? Not all snails that are listed as mystery snails are actually mystery snails. That might help with the ID of these eggs.

Also wanted to ask... have you noticed any other, smaller types of snails in your tank?

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post #16 of 21 Old 11-05-2009, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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No other snails in the tank. Here's an ok shot.
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post #17 of 21 Old 11-06-2009, 04:48 AM
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Ahhh..That explains the white "spots". Those are nerite snail eggs. Your snail is a nerite snail, not a mystery snail. A mystery snail would be Pomacea diffusa. Could you please take clearer shots of your snail in various angles? It looks like a Neritina sp. to me but I'd need clearer shots to pin down the exact ID. There are hundreds of nerite snail species.

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post #18 of 21 Old 11-06-2009, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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post #19 of 21 Old 11-06-2009, 02:23 PM
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I still won't call it a nerite species yet, based on these photos... the photos don't show it clearly enough to determine that... but I will agree now that these do indeed appear to be snail eggs and your snail is surely not a mystery snail. It has been a very long time since I have seen this species either in photos or in person. That is not a commonly found snail species in my area, hasn't been in a very long time.

Thanks Lupin for stepping in to help out. I knew I recognized them, just could not place what they were because it has been so long.

I am going to say to not worry about them at this point, but the meds I suggested for your fish will still require you to remove the snail(s) from your tank during treatment. The meds will also likely kill all snail eggs during treatment.

Also, if you choose to work with the Fungus Eliminator, I would also suggest removing any live plants from the tank during treatment.

Keep us posted.

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post #20 of 21 Old 11-09-2009, 07:33 AM
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Hmmm..Does that snail have spines? If so, it may be one of the commonly available Clithon corona. I've kept those snails before.

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