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What the heck is this multiplying in my tank?

Hello,

Kind of new to the planted tank world.... Most everything I've learned I owe to you all on this forum, and I thank you.

I have a 60p, (about 4-5 months old) I guess you would consider low-tech (low light, no C02 some Excel).... These little guys have been creeping up the glass & hanging out on some of the plants. I have Red Cherries, Otocinclus & a few Celestial Pearl Danios... who unfortunately don't/won't eat these critters.

They're like in a shell, they crunch when they are squished to the glass. Kind of look like snails... are they? (excuse the shrimp photo-boming my picture)

What the heck are they & how do I get rid of them?? Anyone?? LOL!
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Are we talking about the snails?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramshorn_snail

Maybe an assassin snail would clean that up
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Looks like ramshorn snails to me. I doubt if your talking about the shrimp. We can tell your new though,lol. Apparently there were hitch hikers on your plants when you purchased them. Now with a food source, they begin to populate. Don't overfeed and you will control them to a degree. Your water chemistry, assassin snails or food traps are ways to rid of them.

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flat ramshorn snails, kind of the wild type


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Ramshorn snail...
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I find ramshorn snails to be great tank mates for shrimp. Shrimp will eat them and they help keep excess food in check. If they get out of hand, just do what you've been doing and squish them once in awhile.
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Wish I could keep the things in my tank... I put them in intentionally and the fish just eat them, lol...
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Ah, the snail. Beneficial for the tank.

They are a great pair with shrimps. I remember when one of my fish died and I found out before going to bed. I didnt bother taking it out. The next day, there were only bones left. The shrimps attacked the corpse first and then the snails cleaned it up.


hmm...I hope I didnt scare you

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Thanks everybody! I guess if they're harmless they can stay. There are just so many of them & they are kind of ugly! LOL! I really appreciate all the feedback!
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Love ramshorn snails and MTS. MTS are like earthworms for your substrate.
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