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Are these eggs?

What are these?

I saw that one of my frogbit had a dying leaf with a very dark stem so I snipped it off but I noticed all these clearish white oval shaped things on the underside of the plant.

The animal life I have are 1 adult and one juvenile zebra snail, one juvenile tiger snail, a tiny hitchhiking snail that I haven't seen a few days, and 3 whisker shrimp. I'm not sure that anything I have currently breeds in freshwater.

I took some of my aquarium water, a bit of detritus, and I put the dead leaf into the water under light just in case it's something I want.

Should I leave it in my main tank or keep it quarantined?
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IDK what it is. I have never seen anything like. Keep it in QT. I am sure some of the old-time fishkeepers and more experienced personnel could help you, such as:

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They are probably nerite eggs.
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+1 for nerite eggs. My snails produce them pretty regularly. Be happy they are on the plant. They are annoying to scrub off the glass.
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Nerite eggs are laid under water and look like pretzel salt. They almost look like they could be mystery snail eggs but you didnít mention having any...Iím stumped.


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They look like Mystery Snail eggs to me also.
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It's tough to tell from the photo but they're probably not Mystery Snail/Pomacea diffusa eggs.

They're generally laid in large clutches above the waterline and turn milky-looking.
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Could they be limpets?
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Could they be limpets?
Don't know. I'm looking at pics of limpet eggs and they look identical to nerite eggs to me.
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The OP says he has zebra and tiger snails. Those are types of nerites, I have both in my tank and they lay eggs pretty frequently.
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Mystery snail eggs probably
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I'm going to go against the grain and say not eggs at all, but it is difficult to tell from the photo. I have noticed that our frogbit has a similar type of underside to the leaves. If you look at a healthy leaf it is difficult to see the divisions, but you can see what look like large cells pressed up against each other, about the same size as mystery snail eggs. As the leaf dies these cell things change shape and appear more jelly like. The leaves are actually quite thick near the stem, and if you pinch them between your fingers you can feel the structure collapse. Sounds just like a dead leaf to me. Maybe keep it a while and see how it decomposes and if the "eggs" decompose or develop.

EDIT: Found a photo that shows sort of what I mean. Tried to embed the photo but it isn't working.
http://www.missouriplants.com/whiteo...gia_spongy.jpg

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Again, definitely not Mystery Snail/Pomacea diffusa eggs.

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