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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hitchikers Guide to Gastropods

Hi all,

I've been noticing a trail snaking through my DSM planted nano over the last two weeks. I figure a snail of some description has come in on one of my plants or mosses.

I spotted this little guy on my way out the door this morning and quickly snapped a couple of pictures with my cell phone. Needless to say the photos are of low quality and may make it challenging to ID the little stowaway, who is only about 5mm in length, but figured I would give it a go nonetheless. Let me know if they are way too crummy to make an ID and I'll try to take some shots with the big camera this evening.

Thanks in advance.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:32 PM
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2nd picture is clear enough...

It's just your basic run of the mill, "Pond snail".

Not sure if you have fish or shelled critters in your tank, but you can crush them & they'll be used as food by the other inhabitants.
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I'll second the pond snail call.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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OK. Thanks for the information. I just have to find the little bugger again. Is there any harm in leaving him in there while I dry start some hc, moss and anubias? Or will he start munching on my plants?
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Physa sp. snail, also commonly called bladder snail and pond snails. these do not grow large, but are extremely common and can be a real plague. normally these snails will not damage plants. they just eat old and decaying growth and some algae.

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