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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Alrighty so recently I've been given a large amount of small to mid-large algae eating snails. I'll be 100% honest, I don't really know what they are, and neither does my friend who gave them to me (I know, rookie mistake taking something without knowing what I was getting myself into). What I do know, is that my dwarf puffer LOVES them, and they're definitely awesome clearers! To give you an idea, I have a small 3.5 gallon betta tank, and a while back it was absolutely covered in algae. Then, I put 12 of these snails in there, and within 24 hours the tank was almost as nice as it was when I first got it. I made the mistake of overfeeding which resulted in a population boom. Obviously these are free, although Id appreciate it if you could identify what they are because they do not look like Pond snails, and I'm not sure what else they might be. If you're interested, send a PM. Pictures can be provided through email. Thanks!

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Bladder snails probably.
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Wilds: Wajok, Rutilans, Siamentorialis, Hendra
Leopards: Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly
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Maybe I'm wrong these could be pond snails? I'm definitely not knowledgeable when it comes to these guys, so any help would be appreciated!
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Definitely one of the two. The first one looks Bladder to me. Here's a nifty chart to help you tell the difference:


Mostly it's about the way their shell turns is how you tell the difference.
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EDIT: Pond snails are not common in the home aquaria, though that's not to say that you don't have these guys ^_^ But Bladder's are more common. Though, if I'm reading the turn of the shell properly, it does look like you have Pond Snails.

Wilds: Wajok, Rutilans, Siamentorialis, Hendra
Leopards: Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly

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Based off of that chart I'm going to guess they're bladder snails. The shells on these guys seem to twist like a bladder's, and their tentacles are very hair-like in size. I'll attempt to get a good picture, but thanks a lot for the help!
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I wish you had ramshorn snails!! If anyone wants to give away any of those I'm interested.
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I wish you had ramshorn snails!! If anyone wants to give away any of those I'm interested.
Same here. Would be a nice meal for my assassin snails. They haven't had any of those in over 2 years.
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