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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Small Snails In Tank?

I've done some searches here and it seems like nobody is too concerned with snails in their tank, that they only eat dying plant material...

I have found several small, clear shelled snails in my tank. Normally I just take them off the glass with my tweezers, crack their shell and my tetras eat them, but I want to know, are they something I need to be concerned with?

I'm careful not to overfeed, and they came with my plants when I first planted the tank.
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Don't even worry. if they're white (Trumpet Snails) the only thing they'll do is help your aquarium. Unless you have a boom in population... and you find them really annoying... then KILL THEM ALL >:]. otherwise, don't even be concerned (:
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They are transparent and very small. I've seen hollow shells that are clear, could be white? And another that was dark.
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It sounds like Pond Snails, a term which is usually applied to two similar species of snail. They eat live plants, they leave a line of little holes and stuff and they breed like crazy.

I think the ones with the almost clear shells are called Bladder Snails in Europe, seems like a better name. I bought an Assassin Snail for $3 to get rid of my snails around 2 weeks ago, its too early for me to tell if its going to work. I know the Assassin Snail will eat the pond snails cuz I saw him eat one, but that was the only snail I've seen him eat the whole time.

Copper will kill invertebrates at lower doses than what will kill fish so if your going nuts you could just put a copper based medication(poison) into the tank and get rid of all the inverts.
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I have some shrimp I really don't want to kill. I can give an assassin snail a try.

Looks like bladder snails when I looked it up, thanks!
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