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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone help me identify this thing? I’m sorry I can’t get a better picture, but it’s so small my camera is having trouble focusing. A snail of some kind? I don’t see a shell or anything... It’s just been hanging out on the glass, you can see it’s clearing a small trail of algae as it moves. If it’s some sort of parasite I’d love to be able to remove it before it disappears. Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 06:10 PM
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My First guess was A Juvie Trumpet Snail from the shape which is consistant with the clearing of algae, other than that since you say no shell. -No clue.

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Freshwater limpet?

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Bingo! After googling, it definitely looks like a young freshwater limpet. Not a big deal, I guess... there’s plenty enough algae on the back glass of the tank for him to chow down on. Clean on, kid!
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I want to chime in with a question. Why don't we keep limpets like we do snails? I have never seen them for sale, but I think they would be an interesting addition to a tank.

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I want to chime in with a question. Why don't we keep limpets like we do snails? I have never seen them for sale, but I think they would be an interesting addition to a tank.
Most people consider them to be unsightly and they can be rather "boring" since they just sit there on the glass... there's also the "pest" snails.... bladder (not pond! different species!), ramshorn, trumpet snails.... but this can depend on the snails and hobbyist, too... most people don't like bladder snails, there's a mini ramshorn (which most don't like) and giant ramshorn (sometimes kept as pets and come in different colors), and the malaysian trumpet snails can burrow and turn the substrate. All of them can over-breed in a tank though and become unsightly.
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