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Snail ID ? (cool looking MTS & Ramshorn)

Every now and then I notice a few "different" & cool looking snails in my tanks. I was just wondering if they have a specific Hobby name.

(Please ignore the algae, never notice it till I zoom in for a pic, ugh)

First is this neat MTS




Secondly is this Ramshorn





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i have seen a couple of my mts have a pattern like that but mine end up more olive drab color than white. and the rams horn are blues the middle is a leopard print on a blue
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Ok cool. Yep the MTS are kinda a bone/ivory color.

That blue would be super sweet with that leopard pattern all over.

Can you selectively breed the Ramshorns or is it just luck of the draw ?

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you can to a point but its hard to cull them. i have all different shades and colors
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Love the color of the MTS. All mine are a dark brown.

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with MTS's if you can see them young enough the females will throw clones if no males are present so you have about a 50% chance of having it be a female if you put them by themselves.
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The first MTS I got were all olive-brown ones--but after the first couple batches of little ones I started seeing the occasional cream-brown patterned ones.

Selectively culling has left me with just the cream-brown ones in my main tank; even the new baby snails aren't showing any olive-browns. Conversely, my 'spare' tank population--which absorbed all the culls--has stayed consistly olive-brown, despite the occasional introduction of baby and young patterned ones.

About six months ago I started purposefully seeding patterned ones into my olive-brown population to see what would happen but the juvies have consistently been nothing but olive-drabs.
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The first MTS I got were all olive-brown ones--but after the first couple batches of little ones I started seeing the occasional cream-brown patterned ones.

Selectively culling has left me with just the cream-brown ones in my main tank; even the new baby snails aren't showing any olive-browns. Conversely, my 'spare' tank population--which absorbed all the culls--has stayed consistly olive-brown, despite the occasional introduction of baby and young patterned ones.

About six months ago I started purposefully seeding patterned ones into my olive-brown population to see what would happen but the juvies have consistently been nothing but olive-drabs.
That tells you the light colored ones are the recessive trait, which makes sense since it is harder for them to blend in in nature.
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