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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Any idea what these creatures are?

Hi everyone, I have a bunch of these little shelled creatures that somewhat resemble snails in my tank. Does anyone have any idea what they are?

When I first saw them, I thought maybe they were just baby snails, but after about 6 months, their max size is about 2-3 mm across. They are just little clear-ish domes that very slowly (compared to these guys, regular snails are Usain Bolt) move around the tank along the glass. They are seemingly harmless and do a good job of keeping the tank clean, so I am wondering mostly just out of curiosity.

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First picture looks like a limpet a good type of snail
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Limpets. They ebb and flow.

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Its a snail egg for sure

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Its a snail egg for sure

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Hehe, snail eggs don't move

Freshwater limpets - awesome little cleaners. I have a ton of them, and they grow very slowly. Much easier to get rid of than most snails if you really don't like them
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