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Snail eggs.... right?

They been on the BJ and a few other plants for about two weeks now... I'm guessing they are eggs of the snails... what do you think?



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Having "raised" tons of snails, I can't tell you how much I hate those clear gelatinous clumps of snail progeny.

(Okay, some snails are good. I've never had the pleasure and joy of rearing "good" snails.)
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What types of snails you got in your tank?

Or have you never had snails until you recently added something new to the tank?


All it takes is two snails to explode into hundreds. Snails are hermaphroditic--both sexes in each animal. People think bunnies multiply? They never "raised" snails before.
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I got them once on a plant a long time ago and they are not tooo bad..... I never asked anyone about them so I don't know what I have. But the really small! But I feel like they are too small for that jello


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Can you say "ewww!"??

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But I feel like they are too small for that jello
That jello can be bigger than the snails themselves. Especially when three/four/.../dozen or so snails all get together in an orgy-fest of procreation.
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pond snail. You can just use your fingers and smash all the little egg sacks if you don't want them to overpopulate the tank.


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Pond snails are a must-have for me, they act as a clean-up crew and DRAMATICALLY help in keeping algae off the glass...
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pond snail. You can just use your fingers and smash all the little egg sacks if you don't want them to overpopulate the tank.
So a form of abortion... I can do that lol

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Pond snails are a must-have for me, they act as a clean-up crew and DRAMATICALLY help in keeping algae off the glass...
Yeah I do want some. I only had then for about three months now and they work out for me. I guess the question is now: How big do they get?
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The largest pond snail I have seen was about 1/2" diameter. Most are smaller, between 1/4" and 1/2". I would not be surprised if they got a bit larger, but not much.

Snails live on the fallen food the fish are not eating, or algae, or other things.
The algae and other things can be minimized, and the fallen food can be reduced to almost nothing. Taking these measures will reduce the reproduction of the snails so you pretty much only find the adults with almost no babies.

Some fish eat snails. If you like these fish, and the tank is well suited to them you might think about getting some.
Most Loaches such as Yoyos, Clowns and Kubotai eat snails. They are social, and grow too large for smaller tanks. Yoyos are more aggressive, and are active predators, too. They can eat fish the size of Neon Tetras. Many Loaches dig, and Yoyos are large enough and willing to dig up plants. Clowns and Kubotai seem not so interested in digging, though they are certainly large enough to do serious damage to a planted tank.
Kuhlie Loaches might help a bit. They have small mouths and cannot eat a snail that has hardened its shell, but baby snails with really thin shells can be eaten. Kuhlies also are social fish, but a quite compatible with most of the small fish we often keep in planted tanks. They dig, but are so small they are more likely helping by opening channels for the water to enter the substrate.
Loaches like Hillstreams are not snail predators.

Many Cichlids will eat snails.

Some other fish can be trained to eat them. Squish a snail against the glass and let the fish eat it. Some fish figure out how to eat snails, once they know there is food.
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