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Do I need to worry about this hitch-hiking mollusk (?)

These guys, and another type that actually moves (this type appears not to move) hitch-hiked into my tank with my plants from the LFS.

I remove 5-10 a day, but there are probably many, many more that I cannot see.

I think they have been increasing in general, although they don't seem ready to take over the entire tank. Like I said, I remove the 5-10 each day that are readily visible, although if I go peaking around in the plants there are many, many more.

Do I need to worry about these? The LFS says no, although technically they're his fault, so I'd like a second opinion.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 12:40 PM
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They wont hurt anything. I squash them on the side of the glass and my Angels devour them.


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Thanks. Do you know what they're called?

They don't move, they just appear, and I'm curious to find out more about how they get around my tank....
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ramshorn snails. I don't ever see them move around during the day, just at night.
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Looks like a ramshorn snail.

I like mine a lot, I don't think they hurt plants.

I've transported some to my new tank.
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How large is the snail? Appears to be a Mini Ramshorn, not a regular Ramshorn.

They're still cool little critters.


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Definitely looks like a ramshorn. My ramshorns are always on the move. I think they are great.
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How large is the snail? Appears to be a Mini Ramshorn, not a regular Ramshorn.

They're still cool little critters.
Very, very small. A couple millimeters.
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Most definitely a ramshorn of some kind. They usually move pretty quickly (for a snail) and hold their shell upright. I'd say that particular one is stressed or dead if it isn't moving and just laying on it's side.

I love ramshorns, and keep a breeding colony to seed all of my tanks. Excellent cleaners and only breed to match the available food. Good indicator of overfeeding, as their population will explode with too much uneaten food in the tank. Cut back the food and they'll die off.

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Most definitely a ramshorn of some kind. They usually move pretty quickly (for a snail) and hold their shell upright. I'd say that particular one is stressed or dead if it isn't moving and just laying on it's side.
It's curious what you say about this, because I almost always find them in what is apparently a dead state. I wonder why?
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I love my ramshorns. I got a couple as hitchhikers in a RAOK. I was initially concerned, but it's been 4 months maybe, and there are maybe 8 in the tank. So I'm not sure if they reproduced, or I underestimated the number of hitchhikers. Either way, I love them. They are a very pleasant blue color (and a couple of red as well). They don't seem to harm any of my plants, but they do LOVE getting stuck in my skimmer inlets! It's kind of funny watching them get to the top of a swordplant or crypt; it's almost like they know it'll be quicker just to drop off and float down to the bottom, rather than take the slow way down.

By the way, mine are approaching dime size. I don't know if they'll get any bigger.

Good little critters. I'd leave them in there.


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I have these in my tank and they are always on their side like this when I see them but they aren't dead because they move around.
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I've tried to seed my tank with these and they keep dying our go missing. Meanwhile the trumpet snails are doing fine.

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Definitely some kind of ramshorn. I have a million little ones like that in my tank. They are horribly ugly to look at, but I suppose they're not a bad cleanup crew if you've got algae or waste in your tank. I actually didn't know until recently there was a mini variety. I thought mine were just dying before they could grow. :P They're TINY!
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