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uh oh. are these little snails bad

This has probably been asked before, but I need to ask. Tonight I was eyeballing my 90 and enjoying all the hard work I've been putting into it. And I notice one, two, three, tiny little snails. Now I think they came in with either the clump of fissedens or maybe the 4 balls off java moss I've bought.

Either way they are in there. Should I be worried? I'm all for them being in there. But if they are invasive I'd like to know now before they get out of hand. Thanks.



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I thought I was trippin at first. I first saw the one on the wood. I found another buried in some fissedens I tied down today. Then the white guy climbing on the back of the tank. Hmmmm I wonder. I haven't researched this much but as far as I know I don't want snails in my tank. But if they are harmless. I have no problems with them. Idk
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You shouldn't worry them. They definitely hitched a ride on your new plants. If left unchecked and unchallenged they will multiple like herpes. If you want to avoid little unwanted guest in your aquarium I suggest doing a mild bleach dip before putting plants or decor in the tank.
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I have pond, MTS, and ramshorn. They multiply like crazy. I love em though. They help the tank stay clean and I like the idea of diversity in my tank. They also don't pose threat to plants.

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Unless ur going for some grand aquascape piece, I wouldn't worry about them.

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Awesome thanks for the advice guys. No not going for a grand piece. My honest first reaction was cool. But like I said about invasive.. so in doing a little research and as you guys said if left unchecked.. how to check them when they start getting out of hand. Assassin snails? Maybe just a couple so everyone can stay happy? And the mild bleach dip. I'm sure I can find a thread on the how to? Thanks again you guys rawk
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Awesome thanks for the advice guys. No not going for a grand piece. My honest first reaction was cool. But like I said about invasive.. so in doing a little research and as you guys said if left unchecked.. how to check them when they start getting out of hand. Assassin snails? Maybe just a couple so everyone can stay happy? And the mild bleach dip. I'm sure I can find a thread on the how to? Thanks again you guys rawk
When I bleach dip a new plant I do a 20:1 ratio of water to bleach. I always research the plant before I dip it, some plants are more tolerate than others. As far as keeping the snails in check, if you start seeing them all over (basically more than you'd like to see) start smashing them. Haha There are several fish that eat them as well, like puffers and loaches. But they are harmless either way. I don't like them when I see them they die.
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If you want them gone, then hunt and destroy them ruthlessly right now. Once you get them breeding it's a lost cause. At the moment they're tiny and relatively small in number, so there's a chance that you might win.

That said, I've always liked snails in my tanks, so you can also just let them be and enjoy the mollusk-ness of it all.
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I have 5 Nerites, 1 Apple, and 1 Ramshorn snails. That's it! All others (typically pond snails) get squished. I am a confessed serial snail killer. I'm going to start putting hash marks on the tank for each that I kill

bottom line is, if you don't squish them now, you will have scores of them very soon!
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Great advice. So the question now is what kind are they? From what I can see they are pond snails? Loaches and puffers won't work with my ebjd and other current stock.

If they are pond snails I'm going hunting lol

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If they are pond snails I'm going hunting lol
I'm pretty sure those are Malaysian Trumpet Snails. At least the first one. They dig in the substrate and keep it aerated. They shouldn't get out of hand unless you overfeed.
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Sweet. That's awesome.ya no over feeding. Blood worms every other day dry food and pellets on the off days. I'm kinda excited now. That's cool. Hopefully no pond snails
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yep that first picture looks like a malaysian trumpet snail. I purposely introduce them into my new tanks because they dig around and aerate the soil to help prevent pockets of gases and such. Had that problem in my 75 that i noticed the other day when cleaning. Whenever i dug around a few little bubbles would come up.. so i threw a couple in there. should hopefully help


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I bought plants from a very large internet supplier in Arizona about a month ago. My tank is now overrun with pond snails. Literally.

I'm going to try a couple of Clown Loaches. Every time I pass by the tank, I pull out at least 20 of them and throw them outside in the yard. By the time I walk back through the door, there are at least that many more on the glass.

KILL them now while you can.
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