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Old 01-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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The amazing “flying” pond snail


I was walking past my aquarium yesterday and saw this little pond snail suspended in the water. When I looked closer I could see that the snail was veeeeery slowly sinking and had its body extended as if it was trying to reach the bottom. I grabbed my camera and took a few photos for my blog.

The snail slowly drifted down to a perfect landing on a submerged plant. The photo below was taken as the snail was extending its body towards the plant it was about to land on and looking for all the world as if it was flying!

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flying snail copyright ernie cooper 2012_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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They have a little gas bubble like a submarine, makes it a PITA to manually remove them sometimes...
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I actually like them (up to a point). They look like they're made of glitter!
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nice pic, awesome detail
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I crush all the ones I can get my tweezers to!
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These little guys can actually lay a slime trail *in* the water. Big tanks or those with a lot of water movement break them up, but in my no-tech planted vases, repeated trips by them will build up a network of slime paths from top to bottom, turning into super-highways for snails making the trip from bottom feeding to the surface floaters.

The pic here is from my 2.5g planted vase. The vertical lines of snails are about 2-3" in from the wall of the vase in open water.



My favorite snail move though is still the free-falling glide with their foot splayed out.
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The Amazing Flying Snail. I always thought it was cool when they did the whole flying thing.
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These little guys can actually lay a slime trail *in* the water. Big tanks or those with a lot of water movement break them up, but in my no-tech planted vases, repeated trips by them will build up a network of slime paths from top to bottom, turning into super-highways for snails making the trip from bottom feeding to the surface floaters.

The pic here is from my 2.5g planted vase. The vertical lines of snails are about 2-3" in from the wall of the vase in open water.



My favorite snail move though is still the free-falling glide with their foot splayed out.

They do the same thing in my Snail only tank.
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Mine more often try to fly and get stuck in filter current. But yes, my smaller shelled species often do this.

I didn't know that about the slime trails in the water though.

And to everybody who says they're a nuisance, you are most likely over feeding. I get a few adult offspring per dead adult snail, as I don't overfeed.

They actually are a healthy indicator of your level of feeding, as well as the food they give shrimp in their slime trail.
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These little guys can actually lay a slime trail *in* the water. Big tanks or those with a lot of water movement break them up, but in my no-tech planted vases, repeated trips by them will build up a network of slime paths from top to bottom, turning into super-highways for snails making the trip from bottom feeding to the surface floaters.

The pic here is from my 2.5g planted vase. The vertical lines of snails are about 2-3" in from the wall of the vase in open water.



My favorite snail move though is still the free-falling glide with their foot splayed out.
Wow, that is really cool! Now I need to set-up a little tank like that! Thanks!

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I crush all the ones I can get my tweezers to!
I really like these snails. I have an assassin snail in the tank so there is a nice balance...always just enough pond snails, but not too many...

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