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Old 03-19-2022, 07:18 PM   #1
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Help to ID snails

Hoping someone can help me identify these snails who suddenly appeared.

I had (have) one Nerite adult (over a year old) ... a 2nd one passed months ago. No new plants recently... and yet this!?!

Cannot figure it out.... at first I assumed they were Nerite but they're not really looking like I'd expect them to, as they're growing.

So, before I start going crazy with removing them- I am hoping to figure out what they actually ARE... if Nerite, I will set up my old 10 gallon again and just move them. If they're a pest that somehow found the way in - they won't get so lucky... 😀

Please help!? Thank you in advance!!
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Old 03-20-2022, 05:06 AM   #2
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Im going to stick my neck out and say a pond snail. Or possibly a bladder snail. Maybe a closer photo would help.

Anyway 100% not a nerite snail. Wrong shape of everything and their eggs only hatch in brackish water. So unless yours is a brackish water tank there is 0 chance of nerite snails reproducing in your tank (although if you have a male and female you will still get eggs being laid).

Your snails probably got in on a plant or something. Have you recently added anything into your tank that may have come out of a tank that had pest snails in it?
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I was afraid of that!

I did try to get closer pics but it is just impossible... They're still very tiny and I can't seem to get them in focus any better.

That is the weird thing... absolutely nothing new in my tank for months prior to them showing up. I want to say around 4 months. I'm at a total loss in figuring it out.

I had an infestation of snails once before - but that was via a new plant and in my early aquarium days where I didn't know better (to soak). But, those snails looked very different than these do... which in part is why I was concerned and confused.

Well, I guess I will skip setting up my other tank ....and just kill these off as I can manage to get them out. .. and hope that it works as well as I managed last time..lol (It took me a few months but I did finally get them all out of my main tank last time... however - like I said - these are clearly not the same type of snail as that was.)

Thanks for the help and wish me luck!?
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The pond snails seem to have wide base tentacle like a v - right turn shell.

Bladder snails tentacle seem to be thin to the body. Left turn shell.
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