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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone know what this guy is?

I picked up 4 female betta's and a plant and this weird lil guy hitched a ride on the plant. Any idea what type of snail he is? He has lil horns on him and I have no problem keeping him as long as HE doesn't become MANY

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 08:43 AM
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Could be a horned Nerite snail in which case he won't become many :) he's a cutie though.

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Thats not a nerite... the spiral is going the wrong way. I think it looks like a ramshorn?

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I doubt it's a nerite, they cost $3-$4 each. If it is, then you got a great deal!
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 11:29 AM
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It looks like a Ramshorn snail which often accompany pond snails on plants. I had a few of both in my 10 gallon when I had a plant order come in, but my assassin snails worked quickly and ate them all :D

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I agree- it's a ramshorn. And it will multiply like crazy, whether you overfeed or no. At least, that's my experience. I kept my one ramshorn hitchhiker out of sentimentality, but I sometimes regret it. I had to get an assassin snail to assassinate William's progeny, and even that hasn't worked. The problem is my assassin ignores the baby snails. Ramshorns do eat some algae, though...

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Thats strange I heard assassins eat the smallest snails first because they're easier to get but thats just what I've read. If you find the eggs before they hatch they're pretty easy to remove - they loved to lay their eggs on my anubias' leaves and I'd scrape them off. Anyways I have four assassin snails so they do a lot of hunting...there was a baby assassin that I saw the other day! I hope he/she grows up!

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Thats strange I heard assassins eat the smallest snails first because they're easier to get but thats just what I've read.
Maybe mine is just an oddball. I'm beginning to suspect he's turned vegan on me- I won't be surprised when I see him wearing Birkenstocks. :)

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If you find the eggs before they hatch they're pretty easy to remove - they loved to lay their eggs on my anubias' leaves and I'd scrape them off.
Ha! That's if you find them. In a heavily planted tank, this can be next to impossible.

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Maybe mine is just an oddball. I'm beginning to suspect he's turned vegan on me- I won't be surprised when I see him wearing Birkenstocks. :)



Ha! That's if you find them. In a heavily planted tank, this can be next to impossible.

LOL birkenstocks! LMAO! And yeah, that's true...the eggs are very hard to find in a planted tank.

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 04:59 PM
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doesn't look like a ramshorn to me at all...
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