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what is this snail?

I got this at the petstore for free...the guy that works there says that it's a mts, but i think it's a pond snail.

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I agree with you... probably some type of Viviparacea (livebearing pond snail).
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theyre really annoying, but u can crush them and they will get eaten by ur fish
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thanks guys...I guess it is a pond snail. If I look closely, I could see some small eggs behind the shell.

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Are they destructive?

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people disagree about that--some say definitely, some say not. for me, the annoyance is that, like guppies, all you need is one with a faint memory of another and suddenly you have thousands.
also, they're a fun scapegoat!

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I have the same snails in my tank and they will damage leaves. They leave transparent spots in the leaves and they eventually die. I hate these snails and I kill every one that I see.
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for me, the annoyance is that, like guppies, all you need is one with a faint memory of another and suddenly you have thousands.
Ummm. Duckweed comes to mind here...

I must say, I was disappointed to find snails in my tank, but so far they haven't seemed to do any harm.
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Why is there so much hate for duckweed? I love the stuff and gladly let it grow on the tops of my tanks, not only do my fish and shrimp seem to love it, but also it helps soak up nutrients in the water, and its not like the stuff is hard to remove lol.
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...and its not like the stuff is hard to remove lol.
Ummm I disagree. When removing it, if you overlook even one leaf, it's enough to cover the whole tank in a month or two. It does act as a nutrient sponge, and some fry like it, so I suppose it is good for breeding tanks.

As for the snail, it doesn't look like a MTS. I think the previous posters are right, it's a pond snail. According to Baensch Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 1, "...the larger ones will eat plants. On this basis alone they should removed..." (p. 900). The snail in the picture looks like yours, except lighter in color.

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That snail doesn't look like a viviparid to me. Hard to tell from the picture, but I would place my bets on Physids.
http://www.applesnail.net/content/sn...s.php#Physidae

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They usually have dotted coloration, it is their mantle showing through the thin shell. Physids are the fastest snails I know, they move in a lightning speed compared to others, they are interesting, but might eat plants and their population might get out of hand if you're not careful.
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That is what I have in my planted tank (Physids).

They are starting to increase in numbers so I'm keeping an eye on them, but I think they look alright and at the moment they are doing a wonderful job constantly eating my algae!

They certainly are fast!


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I HAVE THESE! They look a bit like a pond snail, are small, and reproduce faster than you can blink! I had a couple strays in my old 10 gallon tank and within 2 weeks had over 100 of them, and i can DEFINATELY say they WILL eat the crap out of your plants when they get bigger, and when they start getting into the double digits can destroy your tank. I dont care what anybody says, i watched it happen, came home from a road trip to totally eaten plants, had to strip the tank and get rid of all my plants. Be careful with these snails...
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lol

I just yanked one of these bastards out of my 20g after a 5 day rampage, the fast little bugger has eaten a mess of holes into more plants than I can count. It must have rode in with the glosso & Ludwigia that I got 5 days ago Thought it looked kinda neat and lively as it zipped around my wisteria...at first. Now it's sitting in some java moss with my betta in his 1 gallon, so hopefully it'll be lunch by tomorrow. Good luck on eliminating them.
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yep...it does look like the picts that rain posted. I hate snails...

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