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Sideways ramshorns

I have some tiny ranshorms in my tank with sideways shells, anyone had experience with these?, do they eat plants or should I leave them alone? Thanks.
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Planorbis arnoldi They are just like the tiny ramshorns. They eat dead plants, leftover food, dead fish/snails. Overfeed and you will have more. Underfeed and there will be less
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In my experience baby ramshorns have the sideways shells then turn regular as they grow up too


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Oh right, if they don't eat healthy plants I don't mind them, I have an assassin that will keep them under control anyway. Shame there not as pretty as real ramshorns. Thanks both.
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In my experience baby ramshorns have the sideways shells then turn regular as they grow up too
Take another look. heh Ramshorn babies have upright shells. Mini ramshorns will always have sideways shells.


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I found a few of these in my most recent tank, and they are starting to establish a population.

Much smaller then the typical ramshorns, and the shell often folds over like a shield when they are bigger (some of the tiny ones carry the shell upright).

I haven't noticed them eating plants, I usually see them on the driftwood or on the filter foam.
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One has been on a plant for a day or two, and the leaf (About 3cm away from where its been sitting) is turning clear, could this be a sign of plant eating, or would it be a solid hole? The rest of the plant is growing like wildfire.
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Snails will happily munch on damaged plant leaves where the dead portion is too small for you to see. I get this alot on my vals. A casual look would make you think the snails are eating the leaves but they're actually eating at the dying tissue where I damaged the leaves in my clumsy netting of shrimp; without the snails the leaf still would have rotted and broken away.
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any one have a pic of each for comparison?

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^^ Sideways ramshorn ^^



^^Ramshorn^^
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Oh right, thanks, sorry for all the questions I'm new to this!, and yeah nyxkitten thats the one.
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From my reading they are relatively rare as far as snails go. They go great in a shrimp tank as they remain small and help eat any uneaten food. I have a couple, and maybe some eggs. They spend most of their time nomming the glass. Very cute for a snail!


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ahhh. okay thanks. so one is big and the other little.

never seen the little ones.

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Interesting, I had no idea they where different snails! I have a few ramshorn's that are getting decent size and I occasionally see these little guys as well. I had assumed they where just juvies.
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