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Old 04-09-2005, 01:55 AM   #1
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Look!! Look!! Look!!!

I know it will probably become a pest, but this is my very first snail!!! I am so excited! It is in the betta tank. It must have come in on the java moss (which doesn't look too good by the way). He survived the medication and everything. Is it just a common snail? How big will it get? And MAN it poops a lot! In the pic I took through the glass, you can see its little mouth. HOW cute!!
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:00 AM   #2
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Love the pic! Snails are my favorites! Well, of course besides the parrots.
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:07 AM   #3
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Just my opinion but I would not leave him in the tank or you will soon be infested and thay are not easy to get rid of.
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:10 AM   #4
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Not all snails are pests. As a matter of fact, I've been keeping apple snails for about 8 months now and they won't reproduce. I've been trying and trying and trying to get them to, but they REFUSE to pop out any babies. It's actually frustrating.
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:36 AM   #5
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they are impossible to get rid of unless you get a loach

i dont know if all loaches eat snails, but i plan on getting atleast 2 or 3 loaches preferably clown loaches
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First things first, you have to ID the snail. The pic is too blury for me to make out what kind it is. After identifying you can decide if you want to keep him. Is there only one in the tank?
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:45 AM   #7
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i have common snails that hitchhiked on my Java Fern and now i cant get rid of them, they lay about 50 eggs every week, hopefully and i want to know this,


do plecos eat snail eggs that are on the wall in the aquarium?
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There are quite a few ways to get rid of snails. Some snails are Hermaprodites, meaning that they possess both male and female sex organs, making self fertilization possible with just one snail. I would keep it in there, IMHO. If they start to become a problem, just make sure you get a hold on it quickly, that's all.

Woot! Snails! 8)

I had a few mystery snail (2) but my angels ate them...
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I would say so, yes. Either that, or your other fish will eat the egg sack. Mollies love snail eggs.
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Its a nasty little common pond snail...squash that beastie before it reproduces!
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I agree they reproduce like mad.
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Old 04-09-2005, 06:27 AM   #12
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I have pond snails ever since I first started my tank. I don't know about you guys but my snail population hasn't boomed at all. It has just been consistently not too bad. I don't know why but something is keeping them in check.
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I have seen my barbs munching on snail eggs and tiny baby snails. All I ever really see are adults and not many (2-3). I don't feed every day but every other day & in between my fish eat a lot of algae & whatever else they find apparently including snails.

It will reproduce but they might not overrun the place depending on how you are stocked.
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Its a nasty little common pond snail...squash that beastie before it reproduces!
OH no, I couldn't squish it. I was too happy to see it. Maybe if it makes babies and I start to have a problem, then I wont feel so bad. Its too cute. Mabe I could take it out and put it in an old "betta" tank. Its like a half a gallon. Would it live in there?
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yea it would crawl out and when it dies it stinks
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Its a nasty little common pond snail...squash that beastie before it reproduces!
DITTO that ... yucky snail// have a few they reporduce like fifty a wek my femal betta loves them for a snack
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Your all snail haters! I love these beasties :P I have a whole 3.5 gal dedicated to the common pond snail! And every now and then.....I take out the biggest ones and feed them to my keyhole cichlids. I don't need to kill them for my keyholes to eat 'em.....they go for the head and suck out the rest! My tank bottom is full of empty snail houses........quite pretty actually :P

I wouldn't put any of these snails in your 55 gal Meredith. The only potential snail eater in your tank that I know of would be the angelfish. They are sometimes interested in snails....sometimes not, ymmv.
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Yes, I agree with billsgateto a point. I hate them as tank inhabitants but i like em as live food. (for the fish not myself)

Here is my self explanatory pond snail commercial lol
No need to go buy your live worm cultures, start your own personal pond snail culture! Great for cichlids, loaches and bettas, a healthy source of protein for all the more carnivourous fishies! Plus pond snails are fishie boredom busters; "to get the snail out or not get the snail out, it is how to get the snail out that is the question". Your most vibrant and cared for fishies will have a whole lot of fun catching the fast little things and then figuring out how to get it out of the shell. Not only do fishies benefit but your water will benefit from small beneficial calciums from the snailshells.

But where do you get some live snails for yourself? Just visit a crappy lfs, mart, or online shop and get yourself some live plants. Then you will immedietly have some snails or their eggs of your own. Or i bet other AA members will gladly get rid of the pest. Then you will no longer need to order any more snails as you will find they will plague the tank out themselves.

But what is the price you say? Best of all snail cultures are free! So go get yourself a snail culture now!

It would be a crackup if someone actually commercialised snails and marketed them to aquarists!
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I agreee with you Meredith. I love snails far too much to ever kill them. If you put it in the betta tank as you suggested, it will be fine. I've never had a snail crawl out of a tank before and I have them in a 10 gal tank with the back completly open. I'd say go for it. Snails are fun to watch. There not a pest unless you hate them. We actually put MTS in our 29 gal to take care of the sand about 4 months ago. Contrary to what people have told me, they are not reproducing. I was told that I would come downstairs and have loads of them on the glass but that hasn't ever happened. We started out with about 10 of them and they haven't increased in number.
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I am just going to leave the little guy in the ten gallon for now. If I see any babies, I will put them in the little 1/2 gallon tank. Thanks everyone!!
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