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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2020, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Just found my first hitchhiking snail!

Not sure what type it is but I'm excited to watch it grow up!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2020, 09:01 PM
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Mini ramshorn. They don't really get very big at all.

I prefer the giant ramshorns myself.
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Before you make a final decision about keeping them, consider the color options if you like having them. The smaller variety also come in a reddish/pinkish color and are called Red Ramshorns. I prefer these, due to color, and have a tank full of them. This means that you would have to eliminate the plain form that you now have, before introducing others, unless you want a variety.

@Zoidburg: I assume that you have the true "Giant" Ramshorns and not the Apple Snail family versions, correct? If so, I'd be interested in your pH, KH and temp profile and what, if anything, you feed them. I'm trying to hold pH in the 6.5 area with a KH of 3-4 area. If pH remains too far below that, I've watched the shells start to fade in about a week. I find that adding some Ca rich food is also helping to maintain their shells, even in the pH 6.5 area.
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I don't know all my ramshorn snails, but there's the mini (as shown by OP), there's the ones that are usually sold in colors like red, blue and get to about 1/2" and then there's the giant that gets to be 1"+.

The mini as shown stays really small. like 1/16" and is considered to be one of the "pest" snails.
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This is in a 5 gallon tank that is already home to a Nerite, betta, and some shrimp. I think I'll keep the minis for now to help clean detritus and get an assassin if needed to control the population
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I assume that you have the true "Giant" Ramshorns and not the Apple Snail family versions, correct? If so, I'd be interested in your pH, KH and temp profile and what, if anything, you feed them. I'm trying to hold pH in the 6.5 area with a KH of 3-4 area. If pH remains too far below that, I've watched the shells start to fade in about a week. I find that adding some Ca rich food is also helping to maintain their shells, even in the pH 6.5 area.
I also don't know what species/subspecies I have, but have colonies of them in several tanks, ranging from 0 to 2 dKH, 6.2-7.0 pH, and mostly unheated water. I do feed them as a byproduct of feeding shrimp and lots of the foods are high in calcium. Still, some older ones seem to develop white shells, but I've not found any dead nor shells when servicing the tanks. Here's a photo of a white shelled (center) and normal one right below the shrimp. Unsure if this is an age thing, or just the natural color of their shells but I don't seem to see white ones except larger specimens.

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I find snails more difficult to keep then most fish I've had. I still don't even know if any shell damage is due to lack of Ca co2 or even old age. In my 12g the snails look good, but after a while a few of them get those white brittle areas on the shell. The water has a kh of between 8-11 before/after WC) and GH is 8-9. Co2 drop is 7.5 to 6.5. I also feed spinach mostly for the shrimp, but I've seen the snails eating it too.


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When I got my nerite snail he had a cracked shell, now it is glossy and the cracks have smoothed over and he has grown considerably. So my tap water must be good
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