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ID these snails please

I have a ton of these things going around in my tank, can you guys please Identify both if you can please.



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I believe ones a pond snail and the other is a ramshorn snail


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It's hard to make out details, but I think lamiskool nailed it.
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agree, the pond snails will eat your plants when they run out of algae... I hate them.
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so will the ramshorns..
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-1 on eating your plants. While they'll occasionally nibble on more delicate plants, they much prefer chomping down on dead and decaying plant material.
Most of the times I've seen folks blaming pond/rams for damaged plants the actual damage was caused by poor tank conditions and the snails were simply cleaning up.

Overpopulation can become a problem if you over-feed or have an excess of built up plant debris, but is easy to remedy with manual removal of excess plant debris and the unwanted snails.
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-1 on eating your plants. While they'll occasionally nibble on more delicate plants, they much prefer chomping down on dead and decaying plant material.
Most of the times I've seen folks blaming pond/rams for damaged plants the actual damage was caused by poor tank conditions and the snails were simply cleaning up.

Overpopulation can become a problem if you over-feed or have an excess of built up plant debris, but is easy to remedy with manual removal of excess plant debris and the unwanted snails.
Agreed. Ive got a healthy population of pond snails, and they dont hurt nobody. TBH, I beleive that the population is controlling itself, as I see a fair amount of empty snail shells, which I attribute to snails dying of natural causes to keep the population in balance.

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They're pretty harmless. If you have too many, that's a sign that you're overfeeding the tank or have a lot of dead plants.
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They came in with a plant package that I bought, I honestly don't like them myself, as long as they don't destroy my plants I'm okay, I'm going to buy some ASSASINS here soon to get rid of that problem. Thank you guys for the ID.

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You can just cull them if there are only a few, instead of buying another snail to kill them. Assassins can overpopulate as well, although I don't have experience in them.
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It's not a few lol, there are at least 50+ in my 120g.

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You can just cull them if there are only a few, instead of buying another snail to kill them. Assassins can overpopulate as well, although I don't have experience in them.
I was thinking maybe some clown loaches, but they get pretty big and will out compete my sterbai cories for food..

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Is there a chemical or way to nuke them without damaging fish, plants or my bacteria?

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I was thinking maybe some clown loaches, but they get pretty big and will out compete my sterbai cories for food..

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I had a bunch of pond snails in my 29 gallon tank and bought one clown loach. He took care all of them within a week. I have no snails left in the tank and have no problems with my albino cories and the loach.
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no-planaria is supposed to nuke pond snails without harming your filter, plants, fish, or shrimp. however, several people post that after using it, they try to add "friendly" snails and they still die.
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