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What is this snail?

So I randomly found this snail in my tank today, I've never seen it before!!


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 05:47 PM
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Pond snail
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it's the beginning of the end! lol. they are the king of pest snails.... hard to get rid of. i crush them and feed them to my fish....but it's never enough.
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either pond or bladder snail.

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If the spiral is to the left (when looking at it from the back/ point of the shell) its a bladder snail
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If the eye-stalks are short and triangular=pond snail. If the eye-stalks are long, thin and hair like, bladder snail.

The way the spiral goes is a genetic lineage thing, not a good identifier.

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And what is a bladder snail?

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And what is a bladder snail?

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A harmless little snail that produces easily surviving eggs in freshwater environments.

You shouldn't be worried about it, but if you don't like if, you can remove or kill it by crushing.


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surprisingly, crushing doesn't always kill it. they are so resilient that they will survive w/o an intact shell and will breed even after you unsuccessfully crushed one. I've seen this multiple times in my tank, and even after manual removal, they still persist. once they get going, they can't be stopped lol. they will hide out in your filter, in your substrate, outside of the tank under your tank lid. the best thing you can do if you don't want to deal with pest snails is to remove them immediately upon seeing one in your tank. prevention is the best way to have a snail-less planted tank. it is possible.

it is the Physa genus of snails if anyone is curious.
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it is the Physa genus of snails if anyone is curious.
That's a nice tidbit of info thanks.

I had no clue they could survive without a shell, but luckily shrimp usually get to them when they're shell-less.

I've always been a proponent of let them live in peace lol. They are not harmful to plants, and if you feed right, they'll not over reproduce!


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surprisingly, crushing doesn't always kill it. they are so resilient that they will survive w/o an intact shell and will breed even after you unsuccessfully crushed one. I've seen this multiple times in my tank, and even after manual removal, they still persist. once they get going, they can't be stopped lol. they will hide out in your filter, in your substrate, outside of the tank under your tank lid. the best thing you can do if you don't want to deal with pest snails is to remove them immediately upon seeing one in your tank. prevention is the best way to have a snail-less planted tank. it is possible.

it is the Physa genus of snails if anyone is curious.
I trained my fish to attack falling crush snails. And they rip pieces from th falling bodies.

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lol my cories find any survivors of the crushed snail. though in my betta tank i have found one or two that have lived threw the shell breaking. my ghost shrimp got them eventually but it took them some time.
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Gosh! I have 3 of them in my tank. they came from the plants I recently bought. :O
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Gosh! I have 3 of them in my tank. they came from the plants I recently bought. :O
if you don't want them, i suggest you remove them immediately before they get established.
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They are pretty harmless, but they do poop a lot. My little pea puffer loves to eat them, I never have to worry about a lack of calcium in that tank, she'll slurp out snails and then the shells dissolve lol

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