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Strange Growths on Mystery Snails. What The Snail?

Do my snails have a fungus? or parasite? What are these spiky growths?

My mystery snails are about 1-month old. They have strange "growths" above their heads. I recorded these "Cousin it"-like growths and posted it on youtube (link below) but no one has told me "it's natural" nor offered any advice. I think something is wrong, as I have never seen this on any MS I have owned. What makes it truly bizarre is the fact that these growths are perfectly spaced and segmented in an even number of 8 total just above the head, as if it is natural. They are located on/in the soft tissue of the snail. I tried to manually remove the growths but the snails go deep inside their trapdoor and the growths go with them.

Their home is a 10 Gallon, with 2 Guppies, 2 Otos, and them -2 Mystery Snails. Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20-30, Ph 6.8
(Doing a lot of water changes) Nothing thus far has helped.

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Parasite or fungus
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Can I ask, and I'm still relatively inexperienced with snails as a whole, but are you sure they aren't Horned Nerites with a mistaken identity?

The video really looks like my little horned nerite and he's perfectly fine!

If the growths are part of the shell and not soft, that's what I'd wager on.
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Can I ask, and I'm still relatively inexperienced with snails as a whole, but are you sure they aren't Horned Nerites with a mistaken identity?

The video really looks like my little horned nerite and he's perfectly fine!

If the growths are part of the shell and not soft, that's what I'd wager on.
that is a ms not a nerite, she said this in her writing.
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that is a ms not a nerite, she said this in her writing.
Because no small snail has ever been mistakenly identified.

It has the horns all over it that are rigid like a nerite.....
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It looks like a horned nerite. Do you have a picture of it from the shell side?


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Because no small snail has ever been mistakenly identified.

It has the horns all over it that are rigid like a nerite.....
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Do my snails have a fungus? or parasite? What are these spiky growths?

My mystery snails are about 1-month old. ..... They are located on/in the soft tissue of the snail. I tried to manually remove the growths but the snails go deep inside their trapdoor and the growths go with them....
Seems like the OP made it pretty clear this is a mystery snail, and the growths are not on the shell.
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Here are some images..

I can see how it would be difficult to ID a snail looking up it's skirt but it is a Mystery Snail.
Their mother is gold and the father is "blue" according to the pet store. He is grey. I think their color makes it tricky to judge.
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I like how you wrote the quote that's nice lol I don't see "spikes" on its shell, so to check as stated it is not on the shell! when the ms is in the tank could you possibly get (ik im asking a lot but imagine its for the sake of research!) a picture of it from the side of the tank if its on the front glass, so we could see the "spikes" on it up close and personal
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Personally, when I make the decision to remove any living thing from it's normal habitat, I make sure I do as much for that creature as I can to at least give it a healthy home, enjoyable foods, and let it know I care for it's life, but in reality it get's a name and becomes a family member.

I can see the growths in that first image :/ Wish I could help it and the other one.
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My camera is old school. In terms of capturing the growths? I think that vid is the best I am going to get. IDK what it is called. Maybe resolution? on the camera is 480 max but I will try tomorrow.
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idk anything about cameras so im no help with that my apologies! I looked closer at the first image, (my eyes aren't the best honestly) and is that the growth on the left side of the snail?
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When you touch is, is it part of the shell? Or is it soft like it's something that shouldn't be there.
I almost want to say that's just a misformed growth, possibly caused by a lack of /too much calcium in the tank. But I'm not 100%. Can you get a really close, clear picture of the shell? If it's smooth, it's not that
But if it's maleated, that could be the culprit
I don't see any visible growths underneath which I would think would be visible if it had live parasites, though a fungal growth isn't ruled out.
Eliminate 1 by 1 from most likely to least!
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Yes, that is exactly what I am talking about (your artwork), only there are about 8 of them that wrap around the tissue between the shell and head. They are spaced as if nature wanted them there. If you watch the video and slow it down in spots, you will get a glimpse of all or almost all of them and how they seem in place and spaced. Thingamabobits are close to the inner shell, touching it, but not apart of it. When the snails go into their trapdoors these things are not hanging around. They go into their trap doors when I try to remove it. I think I stated there are 2 baby MS with this, but may have missed that fact. The other MS is not as bad as this one, but it is smaller. I will try to capture more images today. after some zzz
Thanks for interacting with me on this!
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