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Old 01-02-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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Please ID this snail

I found 2 of these guys in my 10 gallon planted tank. I'm thinking its ramshorn snail but I'm not sure. Can you please ID this little critter? Thanks.



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Old 01-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Looks like a ram shorn to me too
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #3
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Looks like a ram shorn to me too
I think I got them from the plants. They were really small a few days ago. Are they good or bad for my tank?
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I think I got them from the plants. They were really small a few days ago. Are they good or bad for my tank?
They are considered pests I believe, they reproduce fairly quickly.

A way to reduce the population is to adjust the amount of waste food available for them to eat.

That's if you want them gone lol!
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They are considered pests I believe, they reproduce fairly quickly.

A way to reduce the population is to adjust the amount of waste food available for them to eat.

That's if you want them gone lol!
Thanks. I guess I could still pluck them out while they are only a couple of them before they have an outbreak or something.
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Thanks. I guess I could still pluck them out while they are only a couple of them before they have an outbreak or something.
For every one you see you gotta expect 5-20 babies hiding out lol!

They just come from everywhere :/
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For every one you see you gotta expect 5-20 babies hiding out lol!

They just come from everywhere :/
Thanks for the info.
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Thanks for the info.
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For every one you see you gotta expect 5-20 babies hiding out lol!

They just come from everywhere :/
True! I had an influx of them until I realized I was overfeeding and they completely disappeared when I got better at feeding the right amounts. Months went by, no snails. Then I must have gotten lazy because bam! they reappeared! I think they must "hibernate" until more food for them shows up. Now I kinda appreciate them because they let me know when I need to cut back on feeding.

Is this ramshorn the same as a pond snail? This looks like what I have in my tank and I've been calling them pond snails.
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Snails are not bad. They are simply a possible indicator of a problem (over-feeding, lack of maintenance, etc). I personally think every tank should be seeded with a pair of rams horns. If they over-populate, you at least know you have a problem to look at fixing at it won't be the simple presence of the snails.
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Snails are not bad. They are simply a possible indicator of a problem (over-feeding, lack of maintenance, etc). I personally think every tank should be seeded with a pair of rams horns. If they over-populate, you at least know you have a problem to look at fixing at it won't be the simple presence of the snails.
Good point, I don't agree with the pest label really, I need em to keep my assassin happy so they are more than welcome lol
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I like ramshorns, I keep pink and gold ones, and I agree, you can control the population through feeding. And they are different than pond snails (bladder snails)
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Snails are not bad. They are simply a possible indicator of a problem (over-feeding, lack of maintenance, etc). I personally think every tank should be seeded with a pair of rams horns. If they over-populate, you at least know you have a problem to look at fixing at it won't be the simple presence of the snails.
I have this tank running for about 3 weeks now. And the snails popped out a few days ago. They must have come from the plants I put in the tank. So you advice to keep these 2 that I have right now?
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