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Recently, I've been noticing little spots on my tank walls- I've been trying to figure what they are exactly, but I believe one has gotten big enough to where it looks like a tiny snail. I have a mystery snail in there, only one and I just recently found out it's a she (she's laid eggs on the ceiling of my tank hood).... but from what I understand from mystery snails is they're NOT hermaphrodites and you need a pair to breed them.. which I don't.... I do have plants in there, the most recent plant being duckweed- which has been sitting in my tank for over a month now and I thought because of that that I was good to go as far as snails go... anyway... I'd like to get rid of the snails, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it without harming my other snail, fish, and plants... any suggestions? I know I can squish them, but I really don't like the idea of squishing them when I've got another snail in there I'm so fond of atm >.<
 

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Okay, nvrm, it looks like the little jerks are eating my wisteria, so I have no quarrels squishing them now!!!
 

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Are the eggs just a gelatinous blob? Or does it look like small orange or pink dots in blob?

Females can store sperm, so you can get one and up to six months later she can lay viable eggs. If you don't want them to hatch, just scrape them off.

A trap and remove method is probably what you want. A piece of lettuce is used to lure them into feeding overnight. Then in the morning you pull it out, and it should be covered with snails.

If this is an issue with a mystery/apple snail, Lupin is your man.
 

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Jesus.. did not know that about apple snails... -.- It's been about 6 months- I've never noticed her to lay eggs until recently- although I find it a little odd that they're eating my plants since she's the type that doesn't eat live plants.....
But yeah, I'll try the baiting/trapping method. Although, I'm kinda worried that they're gonna be more interested in my aquatic plants than the lettuce... Is the lettuce more appetizing somehow?
If the lettuce thing doesn't do the trick, I'll see about hitting up Lupin- unless he happens to reply to this thread beforehand xD
 

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I definitely like the humane way better ^.^ Um... Is it possible to use something else other than lettuce, though? I don't have any at the moment, but I have spinach, carrots, potatoes, and a few more things on hand... but not lettuce -.-
 

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Wait, after some more digging around my fridge, I found some lettuce! We're good! ^.^; I got a tiny spray bottle I had (it's only been used for water), rinsed it out like crazy and added some lettuce. *crosses fingers* Here's to hoping >.< I'll probably change my tank water, too, and see about finding some by hand..... I don't like killing things, but dang it, I've spend too much time, effort, and money in trying to get my tank set and running the way I wanted it to >.<
 

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I've given baby snails to pet stores
You can also advertise them on your local CL "free baby snails" Some people may feed them to their fish or may just wanna have a cute/easy baby animal.
lol cute xD
 

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I wouldn't mind doing that, but I'm really not sure what kind of snails they are- so I'd feel bad if I were giving away snails that people would want to use as pets and then wind up with something more on their hands, ya know? Plus I don't have any kind of set up to keep them in other than my 5g and while I have plants, I don't want the bioload to get out of hand nor do I want them eating my plants, either....
Oh, and I forgot to answer your question, Silver, they're not soft they're really hard and they're pink- so I'm pretty sure those are my mystery snail's eggs. I'm about 80% sure that the other snails aren't from her and it was from the duckweed I got. I got it shipped in the mail over aquabid and like an idiot after 3 or so days of quarantining I added it to my tank -.-.... Never again >.<
 

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Pond, Ramshorn, and Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) are the usual 'pest' snails.

Personally though ... I don't see them as a problem. I actually purposely went out looking for MTS to add to my aquariums since the burrow into the substrate and will keep it aerated.

They will not 'explode' in numbers unless there is abundant food available, and typically snails will only eat dead, or dying plant mater. Their population can be controlled by not over feeding.

The trap method mentioned is viable, you do not need to put it into a container of some sort, just reach in and throw the chunk of vegetable away in the morning before the lights turn on. Cucumber works pretty well.

Whatever you do, do not buy a 'fish' to take care of them, like a clown loach. They're a schooling fish and aggressive, a 5g is no where close to big enough for them. Dwarf puffers also eat snails, but can not be kept with Bettas.

You can buy an Assassin Snail to help, but they do not eat huge numbers of snails.
 

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I wouldn't mind doing that, but I'm really not sure what kind of snails they are- so I'd feel bad if I were giving away snails that people would want to use as pets and then wind up with something more on their hands, ya know? Plus I don't have any kind of set up to keep them in other than my 5g and while I have plants, I don't want the bioload to get out of hand nor do I want them eating my plants, either....
Oh, and I forgot to answer your question, Silver, they're not soft they're really hard and they're pink- so I'm pretty sure those are my mystery snail's eggs. I'm about 80% sure that the other snails aren't from her and it was from the duckweed I got. I got it shipped in the mail over aquabid and like an idiot after 3 or so days of quarantining I added it to my tank -.-.... Never again >.<
I've got a spare 2.5 gallon I would sell you if you'd like a spare area to keep em in.
 

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Geomancer: Trust me, clown loaches have been far from my mind- I've read a bit about them beforehand so I'm already aware that it's basically a 'no go' option.
It wouldn't be too much of a problem if they weren't eating my plants.. but they are.... And overall my plants aren't in bad health to say the least so while it is typcial that snails eat decaying matter, there are still different species out there that can and will given the chance. I'm pretty sure these are the kind that eat plants ..... *twitch* Plus since my tank is only a dinky little 5g, if I let them expand their ranks now, god only knows what kind of sh*t storm I'm gonna have to deal with then. But yeah, technically there isn't an abundance of food 'cause I feed my betta 3-4 pellets twice a day (I make sure he eats all of it, too) while giving an algae wafer to my snail every 3 days to help with her shell growth, but there are plants in there and a bit of algae growth here and there- although I've been taking care of the algae problem so it's lessening quite a bit. If the lettuce doesn't seem to work out very well I'll see about using cucumber instead.
I like the idea of assassin snails, but from what I can tell it seems like I would possibly be risking my mystery snail's life and I've grown quite attatched to her... She is a large snail, but unless I can find hardcore evidence on my own on that subject, I'm not gonna risk it... Seems like a good idea to get them for future tanks, but not at the moment.
FishyFish89: Yeah, I'm really not in a position to buy much of anything, really.... College eats up money and there are other things that more or less have to come first. But I appreciate the offer none the less.
 

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Are these snails actually devouring your plants? I bought an apple snail (species was cana) and it ate two entire java fern over night. OR are the small or baby snails eating the plants? I am not sure if pond, trumpet or ramshorn do eat plants, at least not healthy one.

I've never seen my trumpet or pond eat any live plants. Curious to find out what species of snail this is.
 

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FishyFish89: Yeah, I'm really not in a position to buy much of anything, really.... College eats up money and there are other things that more or less have to come first. But I appreciate the offer none the less.
Its alright, I understand the toll college takes on your wallet :'(
 

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Silver: Oh, no, my apple snail hasn't touched any of my live plants; I made sure it was the species that eats dead matter/plants by asking what type it was on applesnail.net before getting plants xD It's the smaller snails that've been eating the plants.
 

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Weird.... I have no idea what kind they are.

And yea, I know what you mean! I've got two heavily planted tanks. Can't have something eat them out! I was ready to chuck the cana when I found out what it did. He is now back at the store, probably inhaling the live plants in their tanks.

My snails do LOVE my brazilian pennywort, and they are diffusa (thank you Lupin for IDing them!). But everything else they leave alone, save for the stems of my wisteria... I plant them, they strip the stems. Darn things.
 

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Huh, I was thinking about getting pennywort (which mine is obviously a diffusa as well xD), but now..... probably not!
Anyway... I forgot to take the lettuce thing out yesterday, but I didn't really see any snails, so I figured when I did remember I'd just leave it in an extra day... So I took it out not too long ago (right when the lights turned on) and I poured the stuff out.. I only saw one snail IN the container, two were chillin' on the container outside of it... and 5 or so still chillin' in my tank on the walls... I'm probably gonna have to 'manually' remove them by hand -.- Just as well, it's about that time for me to change the water anyway...
 

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Huh, I was thinking about getting pennywort (which mine is obviously a diffusa as well xD), but now..... probably not!
Anyway... I forgot to take the lettuce thing out yesterday, but I didn't really see any snails, so I figured when I did remember I'd just leave it in an extra day... So I took it out not too long ago (right when the lights turned on) and I poured the stuff out.. I only saw one snail IN the container, two were chillin' on the container outside of it... and 5 or so still chillin' in my tank on the walls... I'm probably gonna have to 'manually' remove them by hand -.- Just as well, it's about that time for me to change the water anyway...
manually removing them is going to be fun xD
You might not even get all of them :'(
 

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Are these snails actually devouring your plants? I bought an apple snail (species was cana) and it ate two entire java fern over night. OR are the small or baby snails eating the plants? I am not sure if pond, trumpet or ramshorn do eat plants, at least not healthy one.

I've never seen my trumpet or pond eat any live plants. Curious to find out what species of snail this is.
My apples will demolish a plant in minutes lol, but my ramshorn, trumpet and the pond snails I used to have don't touch a single live plant. Hrmmm.
 
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