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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Safe Snail, right?



Wanted to identify this snail... guess it hitchhiked into my tank!
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It's a common Pond Snail. Great at cleaning your tank and eating leftovers.

As long as you don't overfeed and there's not an abundant food source, they won't get out-of-control.
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thats not true i had 1 in a 5 gal that had a betta. live nice for about 6 months. got nice and big. then a month or so after i moved the betta i had a snail explosion. i had not fed at all in that time. just tank going with plants and light. i would top off with water strait from the tap. and still alot showed up. right now the tank looks like its snowing in there thanks to all the snails
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safe but ugly, i'd get rid if i were you. Doesn't look nice (my opinion anyway) and as someone else said you will soon have a snail population explosion.
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thats not true i had 1 in a 5 gal that had a betta. live nice for about 6 months. got nice and big. then a month or so after i moved the betta i had a snail explosion. i had not fed at all in that time. just tank going with plants and light. i would top off with water strait from the tap. and still alot showed up. right now the tank looks like its snowing in there thanks to all the snails
Don't confuse pond snails with bladder snails. Although similar looking, pond snails get bigger and breed slower, and are even less of a worry in a healthy tank. It's hard to tell from the picture, but judging from the short, stubby tentacles, this looks to be a pond snail.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-16-2013, 01:04 AM
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Yeah, it's definitely true. I've been selectively breeding Pond Snails for the better part of six years. And it seems to be part of a general consensus throughout the freshwater hobby.

Keep in mind that not feeding doesn't mean there's not an abundant food source already in a tank - as I mentioned above. That could include decaying plant matter, general detritus, etc.

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thats not true i had 1 in a 5 gal that had a betta. live nice for about 6 months. got nice and big. then a month or so after i moved the betta i had a snail explosion. i had not fed at all in that time. just tank going with plants and light. i would top off with water strait from the tap. and still alot showed up. right now the tank looks like its snowing in there thanks to all the snails
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Yep, definitely a Pond Snail.

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It's hard to tell from the picture, but judging from the short, stubby tentacles, this looks to be a pond snail.
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