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Thread: Random Snails

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    I had just set up a tank at the beginning of June. In mid-June we added a single golden/yellow snail that was about an inch and a half. A few weeks later we found a baby snail, which wasn't golden, and is a dark-ish brown colour. I'm unsure where this snail could have come from since there is no other snail and no live plants. Sadly our golden snail died randomly, and its been probably 2 weeks since and now we have a new baby snail! Any idea where they are coming from? There was also no sign of an egg clutch in the tank.

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    Depending on the type of snail. Some snails asexualy reproduce with tiny single eggs. These are generally refered as pest snails as their population can become out of control fast. Known species of these are mts, ramhorns and i think pond snails do it as well. Not 100% on the pond snail. Also pet stores "mystery snails" are pond snails.... Again not 100% on that....
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    No, the snails sold in stores as "mystery snails" are apple snails. Those snails are either male or female (not hermaphroditic), and the females will lay egg clutches above the water line.

    Pond snails and ramshorns are considered pests, and lay small clutches of eggs everywhere. Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) are another "pest" snail, with the long, pointy shells. They generally will burrow into the substrate, and are livebearers.
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    Ooops told ya i wasnt 100% sure on those lol
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    If you bought live plants and placed them in your tank without washing or treating them, there were most likely snails attached to the plants and introduced them to your tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newtank View Post
    no live plants.
    Well, since there are no live plants we can rule that out. Snail eggs are tiny, maybe it came in the water a fish was bagged in. What does the snail look like besides brown. Is it a cone shape or round? Better still, can you get a picture of it and post it here or is it too tiny? Google pond snail and Malaysian trumpet snail and see if they match your snail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyby Stardancer View Post
    Pond snails and ramshorns are considered pests, and lay small clutches of eggs everywhere. Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) are another "pest" snail, with the long, pointy shells. They generally will burrow into the substrate, and are livebearers.
    Thanks for the information, i did a quick google search of all the types you listed, and the closest one to them would be the pond snail, but the shell is not as pointy.

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    What does the snail look like besides brown. Is it a cone shape or round? Better still, can you get a picture of it and post it here or is it too tiny? Google pond snail and Malaysian trumpet snail and see if they match your snail.
    Well I would say it's more round than cone shaped. I currently have no idea where they are in the tank :/ But as soon as a spot one I will definitely take a picture of it to post. It seems more similar to a pond snail. Is it really possible for them to come from the bagged fish? How do they reproduce if we started only with one snail?
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    If they look like these they are Malaysian trumpet snails. Many think they are pests but they can also be beneficial for the health of the tank as long as you keep their population down by not over feeding the tank.

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    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    So I finally found one in the tank and scooped it out, here's a picture of it.Untitled.jpg

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    That looks like a pond snail to me, but my eyes aren't the best, someone should confirm or correct my opinion.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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