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Old 03-18-2015, 11:11 PM   #1
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HAIRY trumpet snails


Anybody have experience with these snails. They are about size of medium nerites, and have needle like protrusions growing from the back of shell around the spiral. They also move about as slow as nerites.

My search came up with the name "hairy trumpet snails", or "Thiara Cancellata".
LFS I got them from ONLY stock snails that will NOT overrun a tank( usually only nerites and Sulawesi sp.) so far they only seem to be intersted in algae and detritus.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:49 AM   #2
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is it one of these?

http://www.planetinverts.com/horned_nerite_snail.html
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:53 AM   #3
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No those are horned nerites. I went to get horned nerite snails bc the LFS a had some really nice ones with crazy long horns... Of course they sold out FAST. But there were some of these Guys so I grabbed 4

These are definiteley Thiara Cancellata.

Bump: Oh yeah they move just like MTS. Like they are dragging their shell

pics are from my phone, sry

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"Typical for the large HAIRY TRUMPET SNAIL, Thiara cancellata (up to 1.2 inches/3 cm), are the stiff, rear-facing bristles. The animals look interesting and are long-lived in aquariums. They produce free-floating larvae, which, unfortunately, have not yet been successfully reared in the aquarium."
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:04 PM   #4
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Well I woke up and saw one of them staring to dive into the gravel. It's sure taking a while, but it's slowly digging deeper. Could be a prob as they get bigger, but it's good for the dirt! Going to fill this out this tank with crypts, no way they will uproot a crypt lol
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:58 PM   #5
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wow that would be a bad day, walking into a shallow pond of these guys. OUCH!
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:03 PM   #6
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Hey, I just posted a very similar thread asking what these are. I was told they were horned nerites, but knew that wasn't true. Haven't found anything online to tell me what they are!

Bump: I believe they lay eggs on the glass like nerites, which is why I've never questioned if they were nerites or not. I pull a dozen or so small things stuck to the glass out a week. They bury themselves periodically but don't mind light or prefer to be out in the dark.
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Hey, I just posted a very similar thread asking what these are. I was told they were horned nerites, but knew that wasn't true. Haven't found anything online to tell me what they are!

Bump: I believe they lay eggs on the glass like nerites, which is why I've never questioned if they were nerites or not. I pull a dozen or so small things stuck to the glass out a week. They bury themselves periodically but don't mind light or prefer to be out in the dark.
These could easily be confused with horned nerites... If you have never seen a nerite before. The the first difference between HN and HTS is size of horns. HN have thicker larger horns, and less of them. HTS has more spikes and they are much thinner( like needles).
*But the most obvious difference is in their movement. HN will move steadily along, sometimes it's hard to see them actually moving. HTS drags its shell along like a backpack full of bricks. *
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Yes, I'm thinking I need to remove them from my acrylic tank, if it's not already scratched that shell will scratch it for sure. I've never actually watched them move, I'm looking mostly at the shrimp if I'm in there.

I believe they are laying eggs on the acrylic, I couldn't guess what else it would be. I'll leave the "eggs", as I've just been pulling them out, to see what happens.

Anyways, I'm sure glad you posted because I had found nothing. Even still, if I google the name, almost nothing comes up. I couldn't imagine them being so rare or unknown.
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Yes, I'm thinking I need to remove them from my acrylic tank, if it's not already scratched that shell will scratch it for sure. I've never actually watched them move, I'm looking mostly at the shrimp if I'm in there.

I believe they are laying eggs on the acrylic, I couldn't guess what else it would be. I'll leave the "eggs", as I've just been pulling them out, to see what happens.

Anyways, I'm sure glad you posted because I had found nothing. Even still, if I google the name, almost nothing comes up. I couldn't imagine them being so rare or unknown.
They don't lay eggs man, live birth like MTS. And from what I've read the young don't often survive in aquariums. They though to breed. These are the ULTIMATE snail IMO. They have an appetite for algae that rivals a nerite, long lived, can get as big as a large nerite, but won't get as massive as a sulawesi snail. Basically combing the good attributes of MTS and Nerites into one, without MTS's overpopulating, and nerites laying eggs everywhere.
And so far they eat EVERY type of algae I have in my tank. Fresh dirt has given me BBA, BGA, GHA, GSA, brown diatoms, and these monster destroy it all. Patch of BGA comes back, and they swarm it. They will pickup gravel one by one spinning it around to get all the algae n

Nerites lay eggs, but whatever hatches out rarely survies in freshwater tanks. Maybe you do indeed have horned nerites(any pics?)And unless something pushing them against the tank I don't see how it would scratch your tank. They don't rub the spikes against anthing, they protrude from its back.

So did the eggs do anything?

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