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Looking for Snail ID

Not the best pic, but can anyone tell what kind of snail this is? Keep finding them in my tank.

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Looks like a bladder snail to me.
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Thanks. I googled and for pictures and would agree based on what I can tell. From some quick research they seem somewhat harmless though also a bit of a pest so I guess I'll just have to keep an eye out and continue to pick them out daily. Should have checked the new plants better and perhaps QTd. sigh.
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They aren't necessarily a pest, they eat a lot of the dead stuff in the tank and can be rather beneficial in that manner. But they can also eat food intended for other things. If you want to get rid of them (assuming they are in a non-invert tank) find a way to get copper into the water, a lot of medications for aquariums contain copper, that should kill them all off without hurting anything else that's not an invert.
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They aren't necessarily a pest, they eat a lot of the dead stuff in the tank and can be rather beneficial in that manner. But they can also eat food intended for other things. If you want to get rid of them (assuming they are in a non-invert tank) find a way to get copper into the water, a lot of medications for aquariums contain copper, that should kill them all off without hurting anything else that's not an invert.
Intending to get cherry shrimp so copper is a bit out of the option sadly.
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Another thing you can do if you start to get too many of them is in the evening after the lights are out place a piece of vegetable like a slice of zucchini in the tank. Remove it the next morning before the lights come on, there should plenty of snails on it. Just make sure that you do not flush them down the toilet, or throw them in the trash while still alive. Not sure about what type of fish you have, but some fish are sensitive to copper.
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If you intend to keep shrimp, then snails are a good thing for a number of reasons.

Zlookup: I encourage you to read through the Shrimp section of the forum and you'll find a ton of good information about why.

The biggest reason: they eat leftovers that could otherwise alter water parameters.


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also they are a good indicator if they start dying (they will be the first inhabitant to die) you know something is wrong.

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Thanks. I'll definitely check out the forum section and read up on it. As many as I have removed I'm sure there is still some in there still... Appreciate all the advice.
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