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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Oh nos!

Uh my tank has suddenly snails! And by that I mean snails that sprang up out o' nothing.

They're still babies so I can't tell what kind but there are 5!

Should I wait to see what they kind they are or destroy them?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 02:40 AM
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Did you recently bought some plants?
I suggest you wait for some time and see.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 06:23 AM
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Yup - they usually hitch a ride on live plants. And snails aren't necessarily a bad thing. Just make sure not to overfeed to keep them to a minimum.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 08:32 AM
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A couple mmonths ago baby snails hitched in on live plants, I soaked the plants in tap water for a day and did a search with a light and got them all off. I wish I didn't now bc I obtained some with my assassin snails and keeping them in a separate tank and I LOVE THEM!! They're little suckers but they clean up algae real fast! (but they poop a lot) Mine are regular pondsnails but the other common plant hitcher is ramshorn. They shouldn't eat live plants, they'll consume the dead parts and you can supplement it with spinach/green lettuce or algae wafers. If they ever did become a problem you could pick up an assassin snail (they control other snail populations) or a clown loach. :) Good luck! And don't rush in and kill them yet!

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Well I originally have a cabomba but removed it due to disease. But what gets me wondering is that they showed up shortly after I tried feeding my guy some live brine shrimp, which in the pet store was right beside a tank of live "mystery snails" aka apple snails.

So I don't know which they are. O.o
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I think mystery snails get big like apple snails (I could be wrong) Can you show pics?
Or can you say of they're like any of these?
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&pq...DZC20QHenbmuAw <pond snail
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&pq...w=1280&bih=685 <ramshorns
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&pq...w=1280&bih=685 <mystery/apple. They're bigger and gendered, so they need 2 to reproduce

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Woah Woah! No clown loaches! They like groups of at least 4, and unless you have room for 4 16 inch fish they are NOT the answer to your snail problem. ;)

Mystery snail eggs are pretty large, you probably would have noticed em, plus they lay their eggs out of water. Probably one of the smaller species mentioned above. :)
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 09:59 AM
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Eep!! Sorry! Didn't know about the clownloach group thing. And I'm so naive, only ever seen small loaches, the size of cory catfish.
And assassin snails stink like eggs after they eat.. -_-" they're messy.

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Aha one of them got big enough for me to see it's shell! They are without a doubt pond snails.

I might just keep them around as my little tank scrubbers!^_^
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:) Little poop machines! 3 pond snails cleaned my slimy algae covered driftwood in only 2-3 days I think. The poop was unbelievable! And smelly. But I love them anyway :) They're little buggers.

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