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Ramshorn snails

I have seen a few little ramshorn popping up in the past few weeks. I already have pond and MTS in my tank and really like the way they clean up the dead leaves etc. But I am worried about the ramshorns. Are they about the same or will they go after my plants? Thanks
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They're harmless. The plants will be fine. Don't worry.

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There's a large version of the ramshorn and a small version. The large version is a Bolivian ramshorn. They typically have yellow stripes running around the shell in addition to the dark brown. These large guys are plant eaters, but the small ones that get no bigger than the size of your thumbnail, these guys are great and absolutely no problem at all.


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Sounds great, I do have the small ones.
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I have one the size of a pea. He's really cute and fascinating to watch as he moves around the tank. I even named him Harry.

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I have two ones that exhibit the "red" trait. Their names are "Sherbert" and "Sherbert Jr." - we're both crazy.


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the only problem you will run into with the small ramshorns is them munching on soft leaf plants such has the different hygro species.

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I have a question about the larger ramshorn.
In my aquriums they are small and cute, but the same snails in my pond are much larger. Is there growth due to the cooler temps? They have no stripes and are about the size of a thumb nail.
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I have a question about the larger ramshorn.
In my aquriums they are small and cute, but the same snails in my pond are much larger. Is there growth due to the cooler temps? They have no stripes and are about the size of a thumb nail.
Thanks for any input.
thumbnail sounds about full grown. cool water also slows there metabilism down and keeps them alive longer. Alive longer meens larger size I would asume.

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