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What is this on the Java Fern leaf?

Noticed this today after 24 hours of putting the Java fern into the tank.

What is this?

I have shrimps and snails in the tank, no fish.
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Are you talking about the small black dots? If so, those will be where new child plants will form.

*edit* saw a clear egg sack too I think, if that's what you mean it's snail eggs.
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Are you talking about the small black dots? If so, those will be where new child plants will form.

*edit* saw a clear egg sack too I think, if that's what you mean it's snail eggs.
Ahhh, ya I was talking about the clear thing with white dots inside. That's cool! I just put 4 snails in the tank yesterday morning and already they are multiplying! Wow!

Thanks for identifying that.
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Pond snail eggs.

What kind of snails did you add?
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I'm not sure of both their names, but I think one is called merits snail. The other is just as large with stripes that follow the shell and is brownish.

The snails came in the same shipment as the blue velvet shrimp.

Should I remove the snails since they are meant for ponds?

How big do they get?
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Pond snails do not get very big--maybe a centimeter or so. They are generally the snail that is guaranteed to hitchhike their way into your tank on plants. They eat algae and leftover food although not in large volume. Some consider them a nuisance but they'll be fine in your tank as long as you don't mind them and 100% plant safe. I really like the little guys; there are occasional mini-spikes in their population in my tank letting me know I'm overfeeding.
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I think you got Nerites.
They lay a different sort of egg, singly, usually on the glass, but could be anywhere in the tank.

The jelly blob with white spots is pond snails. I would remove it ASAP. This probably won't stop the population explosion, though.

Feed whatever foods you are feeding near the front of the tank and watch. If any pond snails come to the food, remove them. Pond snails are not quite round, slightly football shape (American football, not soccer) and dark. Sort of charcoal-dark brown. The largest I have seen were about 1/2" diameter, and baby snails are (of course) a lot smaller, down to the head of a pin size. At that small size they are almost clear, no color.
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I think you got Nerites.
They lay a different sort of egg, singly, usually on the glass, but could be anywhere in the tank.

The jelly blob with white spots is pond snails. I would remove it ASAP. This probably won't stop the population explosion, though.

Feed whatever foods you are feeding near the front of the tank and watch. If any pond snails come to the food, remove them. Pond snails are not quite round, slightly football shape (American football, not soccer) and dark. Sort of charcoal-dark brown. The largest I have seen were about 1/2" diameter, and baby snails are (of course) a lot smaller, down to the head of a pin size. At that small size they are almost clear, no color.
+1. Get them out ASAP.

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Nerites are good,they cannot reproduce in freshwater.....
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Yes, Nerites are good. But they do lay eggs on the walls of the tank and other surfaces. Yes, eggs generally do not hatch.

We are really discussing the jelly-blob in the picture.
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+1 on the idea those are pond snail eggs.

If pond snails are desirable or not is a personal choice..

If you've decided you don't want them, I'd quickly remove the egg sac, and check around carefully for more.

If you want them.. well, congratulations you're probably going to have several soon.

If you are unsure, I'd consider moving the egg sac off to some other container and let them hatch there while you make up your mind.
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