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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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So... hitch hikers.

Yeah... I got that plant I was talking about and I seem to have a snail explosion of what might be ramshorns, but Wiki says they're herms. I was fine, absolutely happy, with what looked like six of them before I siphoned out poop and leftover food but...

I think that 6 went down to 2 which is apparently now potentially 30 or more. I'm thinking about bringing my male count up and Honey does not seem to be interested in them. I do not know if I'm going to be getting the loaches, at least for a while now, so what can I do to keep this population under control?

The reason why I think it's at 30+ right now is because of this little guy. Initially I thought it was a piece of poop somehow stuck to the glass.

Uh. No. It's not. Complete with tentacles/antennae and shell. It's a spiral shape, definitely not a Mystery at least from Honey. Praying it isn't a pond snail ohdearlordnopleaseanythingbutpondsnails.

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I've got dozens of them in my tanks with plants. it doesn't seem to cause a problem in well planted tanks. you won't have any uber huhe population explosions if you don't overfeed :)
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I think fish can eat them if they are small enough. They aren't crunchy yet. I've noticed a number of tiny snails in my 6.6 bookshelf. I rarely see any on the side Redfish occupies. Ghost, my sight impaired fella, seems to have most of them on his side. I think Redfish culls the ones he sees, but Ghost just doesn't see them.

They don't seem to bother the fish, the kids think they are cute, so as long as the tank doesn't seethe with them, I'm content to let them live.

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ugh!! That's a pond snail! Sorry for the bad news!!!

We took everything out, and picked off every single one that we saw for MONTHS! >_<

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I've got dozens of them in my tanks with plants. it doesn't seem to cause a problem in well planted tanks. you won't have any uber huhe population explosions if you don't overfeed :)
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we had to feed our bottom feeders, and they just took over!

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Oh, I also wanted to say. They're not a bad snail, they're just highly effective at converting resources into babies. Our tank was spotless when we did have them, we just wanted other varieties, and they couldn't thrive with the pond snails taking all available scraps

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I'm not so sure if they are pond snails - not yet anyway. I'll have to wait and see as they get bigger. So far they've got spirals kinda like nerites, but it's more oblong and they've got spots right now on the shells so... Not sure what they are yet, but they are utterly adorable so far.

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So far they've got spirals kinda like nerites, but it's more oblong and they've got spots right now on the shells
definitely ponds. you can tell by the shell in the photo that was posted. It looks just like this one.

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o 3o That looks exactly like them yeah, sO i might definitely have a big problem in the future. I didn't think they had spots on them when they're young since the adults I see are entirely black-shelled.

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One persons snail population explosion is another's snail-selling business opportunity!;)
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