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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Snail identification help

Two of my plants came from potential snail places and today I’ve noticed a snail. I was wondering if anyone is able to identify the snail better then me as I don’t know snails. I’ll post a pic but it’s body is purple-ish, and dosent have the shell that I’ve seen from mystery snails.Will it eat my plants? If not how do I keep future population small but healthy?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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With a closer look maybe it has a mystery snail shell? I’m very unsure on snail types.
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This is either a bladder snail or pond snail - you can tell by which way the shell curves (does the spiral open to the right, or the left?). I believe pond snails also have slightly thicker eye stalks. My guess based on the photo is bladder snail. They're a very very common pest snail, and can reproduce asexually quite rapidly.

Some people don't want them, and try to remove them - if you don't want more I'd suggest removing this one as soon as you can, before it can lay too many eggs, and look out for the clear jellylike egg clumps that might be in your new plants. However, others consider them to be beneficial in cleaning up waste on the substrate, and they shouldn't reproduce to excessive numbers unless you are overfeeding the tank.
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Bladder snail

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Bladder snail. Harmless to your tank but can over-produce.
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