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help with snail ID

can anyone tell me what kind of snail this is? sorry for the crappy cell phone picture but it's all i have at work...

he's also got a little brother and they're both growing pretty darn quickly...

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And if you feed them good, there will be plenty more where that came from!

That looks like a common pond snail. Some say that they eat plants and are a nuisance, but I think they are just fine and I haven't had any trouble with them. You decide if you like them or not


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i thought the common pond snails were the little tiny round ones that don't really get over " in diameter. this guy is pushin 3/4"... and all he ever does is roam around on the glass...
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I've seen some pretty big ones before. There are several "species" of pond snails, I've had a couple that were about the length of my thumbnail, but I've only seen it rarely and in tanks with LOTS of food.

I'd be nice to get more specific species names for the different varieties.


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well i've got 9 neons, 1 harlequin, 1 guppy, 2 albino cory's, 1 albino bristlenose pleco, about 7 RCS, and 2 ottos in there. i have an automatic feeder with my own special mix of fish foods but the thing is set to feed as little as possible twice a day so i wouldn't think i've got too much food, but i could be wrong.
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If he moves like an F1 racing snail, he's a physid, which is one of the common pond snails. He certainly looks like one. They are also known as 'feeder snails' and snail-dining loaches love 'em.
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Thanks Twilight, I've always wondered what these guys are...



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If he moves like an F1 racing snail, he's a physid, which is one of the common pond snails. He certainly looks like one. They are also known as 'feeder snails' and snail-dining loaches love 'em.
yeah, he's an absolute speed demon. does laps around my hex tank all day long. you should see him move through the chicane....

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I pulled a big one (like the size of a shelled peanut) from my tank yesterday. Now, don't they eat plants? This is what I've heard.... Or is that just classism against "non-fancy" snails?
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I pulled a big one (like the size of a shelled peanut) from my tank yesterday. Now, don't they eat plants? This is what I've heard.... Or is that just classism against "non-fancy" snails?
mine's about that size. bigger i think. more like a single peanut with the shell.

i've never seen him or his "brother" harming any plants. just cleaning the glass...
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I've seen ramshorn do more damage to plants than pond snails.


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Ampullariidae (apple snails) will eat plants, if they're really hungry, but are usually ok. Planorbidae (ramshorn snails) will eat anything vegitative and can be really damaging, if they take a liking to your plants as their primary food source.
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i have pond snails that eat my vallisneria nana. they cut the middle of the long leave and the remaining floats


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