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Old 07-17-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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What kind of snails are these?


I have hundreds of these baby snails and I don't know that kind they are. They are either zebra snails or snails that came with the plants...



anyone know what kind of snails these are????
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:50 AM   #2
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are zebra snails zebra nerites? if so, they won't breed in freshwater.
the shell shape makes me want to say they're ramshorns...
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:07 AM   #3
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Agreed, ramshorn, they are horrible little creatures. haha I would get an assassin snail to clean them up for ya. ;P They would have come in on a plant leaf or anything else you could have put in the water recently.
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Ramshorn. This infestation is beyond what assassin snails can handle (unless you get a few hundred of them).

I'd physically remove as many as you can (unless you actually like the look of dead snail shells all over the tank). Loaches can clean eat what's left pretty fast. If it's a small tank, then you may want to try dwarf chain loaches.
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Had ramshorns in my 40, still have a few. Not sure if the zebra loaches ate them or if the slow down in fish feeding starved them out.
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thanks guys Ramshorn must have hitched a ride on a plant and multiplied. I'm trying to give them away. My 10 gallon is infested to. I don't mind them I hope they don't mind a trip to the sewer after I gravel clean loll
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #7
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Had ramshorns in my 40, still have a few. Not sure if the zebra loaches ate them or if the slow down in fish feeding starved them out.
zebra loaches absolutely eat them. i usually only see 2-3 at any given time in my tank EVER
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What kind of fish do you have in that tank? If you want to get rid of the ramshorns, I've found that a good way to do it is to raise the temperature to around 84 degrees F. I always get a massive die-off of ramshorns when my temp spikes during hot summer days. Just be sure your fish will be able to handle it. In my opinion, it beats having to fish them out.
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I found a girl that has 7 tanks so I'm going to give her some of them. In trade for some Malaysian trumpet snails. I have berried Amano shrimp and ghost shrimp yikes I'm a noob loll
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Set up a dwarf puffer tank. Free food supply
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the glass is sure clean ha
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I found a girl that has 7 tanks so I'm going to give her some of them. In trade for some Malaysian trumpet snails.
At least you'll have a friend who will share your pain! LOL!
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Ramshorns and Malayan Trumpets coexist in a nice balance. From my experiences, the Malayans tend to outcompete the Ramshorns and they almost go dormant. If conditions change a little, the Ramshorns are back briefly before again being outcompeted. A nice little backup plan. Eventually balance is achieved and sustained.

Clown, Zebra, Leopard Loaches etc. are great at thinning the snail population but often wise enough to not wipe it out. The first time they almost wipe out a population they seem to farm them strategically afterwards. They are my preferred method of thinning snails when that is desired.

Physical removal is unlikely to do more than thin the population. If you can physically remove the entire population successfully you deserve an award for patience and dedication! With this strategy of thinning I would suggest placing a food they like on a little saucer for a while, remove when covered in snails. Some Lettuces or sinking pellets draw the snails in quickly.

I have never seen a nightmare snail scenario where the tank wasn't an ecological nightmare to begin with. In a balanced tanks the snails find balance too.
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I have never seen a nightmare snail scenario where the tank wasn't an ecological nightmare to begin with. In a balanced tanks the snails find balance too.
How many years have you been running large planted tanks?
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