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What kind of snail is this?

So... I did the big fish store no-no yesterday of buying something ("Oh please can't we get that one? It looks so neat!") without knowing first what it was. It was the last random snail running around in a plant tank, and therefore was not labeled. So now I am ready to get the bad news (or maybe good news?) of what it is and if I should regret or rejoice about buying it.

(P.S. I know that the teeny one is a ramshorn. I am asking about the large snail in the pic )
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Marisa Cornurieties - Gi9ant Columbian Ramshorn Snail

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Marisa Cornurieties - Gi9ant Columbian Ramshorn Snail
Hm, maybe. It looks like their shells are usually in a flat spiral, whereas this snail has the spiral that goes to one side and makes a point. Do Columbian Ramshorns have that shape as well?
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My two did, once I saw the pic they looked exactly the same. They get BIG, not apple snail big, but fairly close. My son had two in his 5 gallon and they ended up being the size of his fists (he was 11 yrs old), eventually became Fahaka puffer treats. They do eat plants occasionally, but his avoided Riccia for some odd reason.

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Guess I will just have to keep an eye on him. He might do better in my big tank, which is 75% anubias and crypts. Less that I care about him munching in that tank.

Will they eat cherry shrimp or fish (cardinal or neon tetras)? If that happens, I will be mad. My plants, well, I am willing to see if it is the occasional nibble or munching down half the aquarium. I've got some fast growing stems I wouldn't mind if he kept trim.
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He won't eat your shrimp or fish.

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Looks like a spixi snail to me. They'll eat pond snails (ramhorn, pond, their own), and also some plants. Beautiful snail, illegal to cross state lines.

Looks like the shell is eroding from water too low in gh and ph.


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columbian rams horn snail and it will eat plants ive had them whipe out a whole 10 gallon
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I had two of these ramshorns and gave them to animal jungle here locally. They ate non stop plants, layed eggs non stop and what they didn't eat they steam rolled. Kinda cool though they would climb the glass and just drop off the side letting the current put them in a new spot.

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...It looks like their shells are usually in a flat spiral, whereas this snail has the spiral that goes to one side and makes a point....
Exactly. Sounds like spixi...



Here's a Colombian ramshorn for comparison



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Looks like a spixi snail to me. They'll eat pond snails (ramhorn, pond, their own), and also some plants. Beautiful snail, illegal to cross state lines.

Looks like the shell is eroding from water too low in gh and ph.
Presuming it is a spixi snail- I bought it in-state! I don't mind it eating my ramshorns (I have lots). Will it bother my nerites? I can just keep it separate from them.

And my water is around 7.5 for pH and usually the GH is on the higher end, so will those erosions heal? Or are they permanent?

It is a pretty snail, that is how it ended up in my tank.
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Any holes that have been eaten through the shell will heal from the inside. The holes on the outside don't heal because the shell is laid down from the inside out.

Being in your tank is prob the best thing to happen to these guys!

Have no idea if they'll go after nerites. (?)

And sorry about the previous post. I may have sounded rude, but I didn't mean for it to be.


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not rude at all just seein both side by side i can deff tell the difference. and both i do belive are illegal to move cross state lines due to being invasice. i know the columian need warm temps and have large round eggs in clear jelly under water, spixi im not sure about the eggs
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Same thing really. Underwater, and white eggs on the wall of the tank.


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