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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Help identifying white critter

I have had my tank up for about 2 weeks and am doing fishless cyle.




yesterday I noticed a Snail on one of my plants, and then this guy. I'm not sure if it is a snail or something else. I'm sorry for the poor photo I zoomed and may need another image.



Could someone let me know what this maybe?

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i am not really sure but most likely a pest snail if your plants are not tissue cultured
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I got my plants from 2 different stores. here in town, well I can deal with it I guess if it is a snail...

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It looks like a snail to me.
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Based on shape in photo, I would guess that it’s an MTS
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I got my plants from 2 different stores. here in town, well I can deal with it I guess if it is a snail...
That is what i thought when I set up an 8 gallon hex, however they over run any tank I ended up just taring down the tank and letting them die. I would suggest getting some assassin snails. good luck
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If it's a Malaysian trumpet snail, it's pretty innocuous. Yes, they can multiply tremendously if the fish in the tank are overfed, but otherwise they can play a moderately useful role stirring up the substrate. They generally do not eat healthy plant tissue.
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I was able to get 2 out, when I did a water change. That's alll I've seen and haven't noticed others.

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If it's a Malaysian trumpet snail, it's pretty innocuous. Yes, they can multiply tremendously if the fish in the tank are overfed, but otherwise they can play a moderately useful role stirring up the substrate. They generally do not eat healthy plant tissue.

If it were those I wouldn't worry too much about them. I considered buying some actually, but aren't they an issue with plants? Maybe I read that wrong somewhere. Primarily with uprooting them from burrowing?


either way I was able to get 2 out with a water change. Didn't mind them really, but I'm putting a bunch of work into this thing and want to know what goes into it...

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