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Noticed this snail in my planted tank need help identifying it.... Its abt the size of a fingernail
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Looks like a bladder snail but the most important part of it for identification is hidden by your floater.

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I agree that it looks like a bladder snail but Iím thrown off by the size (Iíve never seen one the size of a fingernail) and the transparent shell. Iíve never seen a transparent shell snail species before. I just discovered a white bladder snail in my tank, so who knows, right? (Itís not dead; itís definitively alive and healthy.)
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Looks like a bladder snail but the most important part of it for identification is hidden by your floater.
Thanks a lot... Will try getting a better picture if i see him/her again 😄

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I agree that it looks like a bladder snail but Iím thrown off by the size (Iíve never seen one the size of a fingernail) and the transparent shell. Iíve never seen a transparent shell snail species before. I just discovered a white bladder snail in my tank, so who knows, right? (Itís not dead; itís definitively alive and healthy.)
Yeah not dead... was muching on some dead floater parts and yes quite transparent... May be lack of minerals?...

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I didn't see photo #2 when I replied yesterday. Pretty sure that's a pond snail. Could be low calcium and/or magnesium for it having the paper thin shell. Jake sent me this handy guide to distinguish the two:
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Since you updated the photos, it appears to be a Pond Snail. One of the best kind of snails you can have in a freshwater tank as part of a cleanup crew.
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I didn't see photo #2 when I replied yesterday. Pretty sure that's a pond snail. Could be low calcium and/or magnesium for it having the paper thin shell. Jake sent me this handy guide to distinguish the two:
Pond snail got it... Thanks... Photo 2 was an addition later on

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Since you updated the photos, it appears to be a Pond Snail. One of the best kind of snails you can have in a freshwater tank as part of a cleanup crew.
Does it reproduce like crazy.?.. (I do have assassin snails in the same tank) i dont want a 1000 snail problem... But i dont mind if its just a few snails...
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Snails only get out of hand if there is too much food in the tank. Like many on these forums, I add pond and trumpet snails to every aquarium I set up. I suspect they have a bad rap because so many people overfeed their aquariums but nothing reproduces past its resources.
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I've never had pond or bladder snails get out of control or even grow into a noticeable population. That might be because I've had ramshorn snails in the same tanks and they tend to dominate. Snails are good. (Although I never introduce Malaysian trumpet snails under any condition.)
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Why is that? In my tanks the pond snail numbers are pretty much always higher than trumpet snails. I like having some diversity of them. Which reminds me that I need to get my hands on some ramshorns.

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I think I've got bladder snails too. It started with one that I could see - suddenly I'm seeing egg sacks everywhere and what I think are tiny babies.

Pic #1 is snail, in the top left.

Pic #2 is a snail trap I just made by cutting the top off a water bottle, filling bottle with greens and water, then inverting the bottle and placing vertically in the tank. They can get in, but they can't get out.

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I wouldn't mind having a *giant* ramshorn! Those things are MASSIVE once fully grown!

And I think I kind of like the pond snails over the bladder snails! Almost everyone who questions what type of snail they have believe that they have pond snails... but they're really bladder snails. Always amused to see an actual pond snail!
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You say that, @Zoidburg, until you have one in your tank.

I had two of them for a couple years and they ate pretty much everything. Literally every plant that ever hit their tank, tore driftwood up, chewed holes in stuff, even killed other snails and ate them. Wild stuff.

I'd kinda like to have a 20gal for a few of them, though. Nice way to get rid of plant bits and food you're discarding. You should try to get your hands on some and start up a tank specifically for them.
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I had a baby giant, I think... It was pretty "giant" compared to the mini ramshorns. Minute compared to an actual adult sized one... unless there's a size between mini (flat shells) and giant (shell on "back")? I only want one of course, unless I had several tanks, then I might want one in a few different tanks! lol

They're one snail that I actually find interesting!
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Discovered one of these snails in the hornwort I bought the other day,(with a transparent shell too). I am a beginner so I am not 100% sure but I think its a bladder snail.
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