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snail ID pls :-)

Hi guys!

what kind of snail is this? harmful? useful?





Thanks!
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It's a common pond snail. They aren't harmful, just a pain to get rid of

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It is probably a bladder snail or a pond snail. Pond snails are not good and bladder snails can breed fast to. They leave these clear jellybean shaped pouches of eggs on the sides of tanks. I would not keep him.
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Okay thanks guys!! Trash can it will go :-)

Btw what's the harm if keeping it?
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Lots more snails.

2 2.5s, 3 10s, 2 20s, 1 29. Low light, low tech. Ponds
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You will just end up with a million of them in your tank and they will start eating plants if they run out of algae and/or you feed lightly.
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In my experience, they never eat plants. I love the "pest" snails in my tanks and are welcomed with open arms. They are a very good determiner of overfeeding, which I used to have problems with. If their population explodes, you are over feeding. If you feed correctly, their population will stay in check and will not become a nuisance.

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Don't throw it in the trash find it a home.
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I have a ton of those in a driftwood soaking bin, saving 'em for dwarf puffers I'm planning to get in the spring, which will happily eat them.

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Don't throw it in the trash find it a home.

I agree. Do a RAOK if you have several or try and find somebody to give them to.

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In my experience, they never eat plants. I love the "pest" snails in my tanks and are welcomed with open arms. They are a very good determiner of overfeeding, which I used to have problems with. If their population explodes, you are over feeding. If you feed correctly, their population will stay in check and will not become a nuisance.

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Plus dumping them in the trash may let it get out and contaminate a local ecosystem. At least crush it before you toss it.


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Since it will not eat my plants I've decided to return in my tank :-)
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I'm another pro-snail person here. Although, I kinda like the ramshorns and MTS better then the common pond snail, it's still welcome in my tanks.

In my last tank, I had an intial population explosion of those, but over the course of a couple of months or so, ramshorns and MTS became the dominant species. There were still pond snails, but they were a small minority.

They (snails in general) are great for consuming uneaten food, dead plant material, driftwood fungus, some algae, and in the unfortunate event of a death, the fish bodies.
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