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Old 11-11-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Help with Snail I.D


Just got a plant package in and found this this little fella , any ideas what type of snail he is ?
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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leopard ramshorn, planorbus rubrum
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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Keep him too - ramshorn snails are quite entertaining.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:05 PM   #4
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+1 on the Leopard Ramshorn. I found one of these on a plant I got from the LFS, and thought they looked awesome so I kept it. Now I wish I hadn't because I have to pick them out of my tank weekly and smash the egg sacs everytime I see them which is every other day. These darn snails produce more rapidly then pond snails and they riddle my plants with holes if I don't keep there numbers down to bare minimums! If it were me, I'd get rid of it.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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you have a very important decision to make. do you want more snails? They are going to lay eggs everywhere, and there is nothing you can do about it.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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I love my ramshorn. He's an algae eating machine. If you only have one I think you should keep it (it can't reproduce with itself, although I guess it could already be carrying eggs... I'm still pro snail though).
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+1 on the Leopard Ramshorn. I found one of these on a plant I got from the LFS, and thought they looked awesome so I kept it. Now I wish I hadn't because I have to pick them out of my tank weekly and smash the egg sacs everytime I see them which is every other day. These darn snails produce more rapidly then pond snails and they riddle my plants with holes if I don't keep there numbers down to bare minimums! If it were me, I'd get rid of it.
You'll have less snails if you don't overfeed, and ramshorns don't eat plants, they will eat dead plant material. If you have holes in your plants, sounds more like a mineral deficiency.
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You'll have less snails if you don't overfeed, and ramshorns don't eat plants, they will eat dead plant material. If you have holes in your plants, sounds more like a mineral deficiency.
That's what I thought too, and I cut back on feeding after removing 2 sandwhich bags of these snails. Then after a week of careful feeding, in the am turning lights on, the ramshorns were covering my soft leaved lotus that was in fine condition at lights out the night before and when they all left, the plant was rittled with holes and tears. I figured they were eating the plants because they were unable to find food. I am very diligent about feeding slowly so that the fish are able to eat up everything before it hits the substrate. I watch the feeding like a hawk. The Angels and Betta are fed by hand after the Puntius Denisonii feed. Since the lotus I pick these things out of my tank everytime I see one no matter what I was about to do at the time. They have put holes in a few other plants too...maybe there is a difficiency somewhere, but the only time I find new holes is in the morning after the snails fed for the night.
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I placed the snail in a new tank so if its a male then maybe he will be alone and I won't have a population problem .... I guess time will tell !
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Here is some information about your new snail http://tamarind.hubpages.com/hub/Ramshorn-Snails
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Here is some information about your new snail http://tamarind.hubpages.com/hub/Ramshorn-Snails

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