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  1. #1

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    I recently started a planted aquarium (soil under gravel) and bought some plants online as well as from my lfs. I soaked all the plants in a mild bleach solution before planting (even tho the lfs ones claimed to be "snail free"). I also bought a blue mystery snail and two nerite snails, a tiger and a zebra. I have neon tetras, zebra danios, otocinclus, peppered and julii cories for fish.

    As the nerite snails cleaned a piece of driftwood of algae, I started noticing these little white dots all over the wood. A few weeks later I noticed the same dots on a rock, and now discovered more on another rock. I've also discovered 4-5 little brown snails that I did not add to the tank myself - I'm assuming they hitched a ride in on the plants, even tho I did the soak with the bleach solution. So are these snail eggs or something? I've seen pictures of clusters of snail eggs and they don't look like these. I want a natural tank, kind of like a slice of nature so I don't mind the snails at all - they don't seem to be bothering the plants and that's all I care about. If every one of these little white things is an egg and hatches, tho, I'm going to be overrun.

    Any ideas what they are? Thanks!

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    I'd bet that they are nerite snail eggs...
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    That's exactly what they are.
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    Hey Kev, don't they normally NOT hatch in fresh water?...if not, what becomes of them?
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    Correct. They will not hatch in fresh water. They will go away, eventually, but it takes a long time for them to deteriorate (nerite eggs are very hard and difficult to remove). Some fish will eat them, but most will ignore them.
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    Good info, thanks sir! I once considered getting some nerites, but was advised about how all of those eggs can be unsightly to some people.
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    It's not that bad. It's a trade off, I suppose. Algae vs eggs... The eggs don't hatch, so nerites don't become a pest, but the eggs can be unsightly. Meanwhile, the fact that they're laying so many eggs is due to the amount of food (algae) available in the tank. If there's a lot of algae, the nerites will eat almost constantly and will procreate much more rapidly (or attempt to).
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    I agree with the others about them being Nerite eggs, and I can tell you that they do in fact take forever to go away. My fish won't eat these eggs and while they are easy to pick off the glass, it is darn near impossible to get them off rocks and wood.

    Other than that, they don't harm the water or anything else.
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    Thanks everyone! I'll have to take some time to learn more about the snails I have - I've never kept them before. There was a thick carpet of algae on that wood and I've noticed that the nerites have added a good quarter inch of growth on their shells in the month I've had them, so they've been eating heartily. The mystery snail has added about an inch of new shell, seemingly within a couple of days!

    Thanks again for the quick responses. I am much relieved to know it's nothing harmful!

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    You are very welcome Lisa!
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