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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Ugh... snail I.D please

I just noticed a couple of snails in my tank. I do have the normal pond snails but htese are very different. Could someone tell what snails they are and if they're harmful?

That tentacle of his picks up particles in the substrate:

Are those eggs to the right? What eggs?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 05:52 AM
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I have the same snails in my tank. I have one larger one for sure...almost a half inch long. I havenít started squishing them yet (at least not as much as I squish the pond snails) because I kind of like the way their shells look. I never really thought about them being harmful to my plants. I haven't noticed any plants with holes in them, and come to think of it, I have never seen these guys on any of my plants or the glass...I only see them on the substrate or half buried just below it. Sometimes the only way I know they are in my tank at all is because once in a while Iíll see a speck of gravel move from them under it.
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The two bottom pics are of Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS), which many don't mind in their planted tanks. They hide in the substrate during the daylight hours, constantly burrowing around in it, to which people believe to help aerate their substrates and prevent it from compacting. They do come out in the dark of night, and in fact I think they go right to the top of the tank. If you want to remove any, this is the best time to strike!

In the last pic, that "pile" to the right I believe to be snail excrement from said snail sitting in ther same place for a little while.
MTS are live-bearers, and I presume they give birth deep in the gravel, where you'd probably have no chance of seeing them until they grow a bit. I've never kept them, so I don't have any experience.

The top pic is some sort of ramshorn snail.

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