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I have eggs popping upon all sides of the tank. How can I determine whether any of them are snails? I have fry hatching everywhere so I am assuming most arel fish.

I already have 6 common water snails 5 of which I know came in with the plants not sure about the other. When I first saw the 6th it wasn't any bigger than a speck of dust and the last time I brought plants in was two weeks ago and he has grown rather quickly so I am suspicious. I do not want any more snails (a couple are on borrowed time as it is).
 

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May I know your other fish?:) Snail eggs should appear in sacks and if you look closer, you'll see tiny dots indicating they are eggs packed in a blob.
 

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snail egg vs fish

Fish are White Clouds and you have answered my question. They are all fish.
 

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Sadie said:
Fish are White Clouds and you have answered my question. They are all fish.
Then the eggs sticking on the sides are snails. Common pond snails are just one of my worst fears.:blink: By the time you have them, their population will increase dramatically.:shake:
 

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snail eggs

Okay confusion. If the eggs on the glass are snail where are the fish eggs? I know that White Clouds are supposed to lay eggs in floating plants but I have't been able to locate any and I have had new fry popping out for a few days. There is nothing visable or are they so tiny you can't see them? The first sightings of the fry are when I see one sticking to the side of the glass by his head. The next day they are "baby" swimming(jerky darting).

I thought maybe mine were laying eggs on the side of the glass just to be different. They are supposed to be mid to top swimmers but mine prefer the lower third of the tank. They are also supposed to be schooling and peaceful but mine beat the tar out of each other more often than not(usually it's the females beating up the male).
 

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Sadie said:
Okay confusion. If the eggs on the glass are snail where are the fish eggs? I know that White Clouds are supposed to lay eggs in floating plants but I have't been able to locate any and I have had new fry popping out for a few days. There is nothing visable or are they so tiny you can't see them? The first sightings of the fry are when I see one sticking to the side of the glass by his head. The next day they are "baby" swimming(jerky darting).
The way white clouds reproduce, they spawn among vegetation, not on the glass. Some eggs will eventually fall to the bottom. Only a few fish lay eggs by sticking them to the glass. Cories and angelfish are famous for this method.
 

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thanks for your help, I guess I need to get the algae scrapper out and get busy because they are popping up everywhere. I think I may get rid of all but 1 or 2 of the snails so they will leave something for the red tailed shark to eat..
 

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Can you describe the snail? Unfortunately it does sound like ponds snails and not ramshorns so they are going to be a real pain to control. Some tips on getting rid of them are:
Put a small neck bottle with a piece of boiled romaine lettuce in it on the bottom of the tank overnight and remove it before the lights come on. It should be full of the little buggers. Another way is to get some zucchini and place it on the bottom and do the same thing. Loaches are a bad choice because of the fry from your White Clouds, they would become lunch but so would the snails. Overfeeding is most likely the cause of the population burst but with fry it is hard to limit the food to make sure they get fed.

Give the small bottle thing a try to at least get a large portio of them out. Do it every night for a week and hopefully it will put a large dent in the population. Might also try some plastic canvas, if you can find the round balls that can sometimes be purchased and put the Romaine in there. The snails crawl in at night and you can easily remove them before lights on.
 

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Snails are smotth shelled until you get to the back end and then they have a tiny spiral(just 1 1/2 turns). I looked them up The New Aquarium Book by Ines Scheurman page 68. The only difference between the picture and what I have is the spiral in the book is more onton of the shell my are at the very end. I assumed they are the same thing as my snail are still prettly small and I figured the spiral would grow as they got older.
 
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