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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of snail is this?

Hi,

My 75 doesn't have fish and hardly any plants yet. It's been neglected until I get some time and money to clean it and get plants. You should see the algae mess in it! Anyways, this snail appeared out of nowhere, he must have come from the lfs after I bought a couple amazon swords and after I transferred them from my 29.

Good or bad snail? He's slightly transparent right now.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 02:38 PM
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Appears to be a young Ramshorn.

They're great cleaners and eat leftovers.

Won't get out-of-control as long as there's not an abundance of food in the tank for them.
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I call them Gyraulus, but that is a guess really, based on looking at online pics. Young ramshorns are wide and vertical; these guys are thin, lie horizontally, and don't get bigger than match-heads. Honestly, I don't think there is such a thing as a bad snail. I have at least 6 species in my tanks and I have never seen any of them pick on live healthy plants. I love them all! As does my new puffer, which I recently acquired to relieve me of TOO many snails...not that they ever do damage, they just get unsightly when they number in the 100s!
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relevant thread here: Mystery snail...?
some people are calling them "mini ramshorns"
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 09:05 PM
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Until it gets a bit larger, it's tough to tell if it's a Mini Ramshorn or actual Ramshorn. Even my youngest Ramshorns tend to lean to the side until they're as large as a grain of Aquasoil.

Both are great cleaners, however.
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