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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Tiny snails in nano tank?

I am guessing they came in with some plants but I have very small snails (probably 1-3 mm) there are at least 2 although I am afraid there may be more, especially with the ability to reproduce now that I am sure there are 2. I don't really mind that they are in there unless they are going to harm my shrimp, plants, or simply overrun the tank.
Any idea what they could be?
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Would need photographs to identify them.

If they're pond/bladder snails, they'll only eat decaying plants and their populations won't explode unless you're overfeeding.


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they are too small for my camera to pick up but if they get bigger I will post pics
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I just caught 3. Their shells are dark translucent green with brown spots all over them.
It looks like the back half of their shell is flat- on the one I got a good look at it looks like there is a swirl on the flat part... very weird.
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Sound like pond snails. They will definately multiply, but are harmless. I usually treat them as a sign of a healthy tank. If you don't like them you can get rid of them a couple different ways: 1. drop a piece of blanched zuchini in there. They'll all gather on it to eat and then you can just remove the zucchini. 2. Buy an assassin snail eat them for you (it's pretty cool) or 3. Buy a dwarf puffer and they'll eat them for you (although not suggested to keep with shrimp or any other fish for that matter). Hope that helps
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