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    While I'm waiting for my tank to cycle, I've noticed I have about 10 small snails in my tank...apparently they don't mind the high level of nitrates. They are kind of small for a decent picture with my photography skills and camera, but their shells look to be black and yellow. I assumed they hitchhiked on my plants as I didn't buy them. Also, I see a lot of little brown dots/drops on some of my plants...are these snail eggs or poo? The drops fall off easily enough when I move the plant leaves. The don't seem to be eating the plants, and spend most of their time on the driftwood or on the tank glass. Any thoughts or a place to go look at for pictures?

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    Google freshwater snails and check the images?

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    I tried google, but not that way...it's worth a shot! Thanks!

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    are there shells black and yellow, like striped? or are some black and some yellow? do they have long cone shaped shells? very evident spiral shells, circular with very evident begging and end? or just round shells?
    google malaysian trumpet snail, ramshorn snail, mystery snail, and pond snail. let us know what it most resembles.
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    they might be mystery snails see my fry thread for a pic of what they look like small
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    @mitcore - Thanks, but the picture is too small for me this early in the morning LOL

    @karbomb - I'll have to take one out of the tank, but they don't appear to be striped, just yellow bits on the black, unless they will look like stripes as their shells get bigger. I have done some checking on photos, but will do more when I'm at the office and more awake. I think the shell is just round.

    They seem to like hanging out on the driftwood where I appear to have diatoms (new tank and still cycling) and like pooing on my plant leaves.

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    no worries
    when you wake up a bit check it out it might be your snails
    mystery snail dont always come in yellow i currently have balck ones as well and they have laid 2 big batches of eggs LOL
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    I have looked at lots of pictures of snails on the web, and none seem to match mine, so either they are still two small for the shells to be identifiable or I have mutants in my tank LOL. I'll try to photograph one on the weekend when I have more time and post up.

    Just saw one up close: Shells appears to conical, and have a translucent yellow gold colour networked over with black lines (almost like a honeycomb) with light grey bodies. Thoughts?
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    You probably have one of the normal stow-away snails...pond snails (i hope not) or malaysian trumpet snails (which wouldnt be bad).

    I dont really think that they could be mystery or any other type of apple snail because usually people realize they have them when they sell plants or anything and they grow quite large.

    Where did you get your tank? Have you added any new plants or rocks from another tank?

    OOO Another idea!! You probably have malaysian trumpet snails...they hitch-hiked from somewhere or if you have had this tank a while you probably always had them just never knew! The high levels of nitrates probably are making them surface for air since there is less oxygen in the water....Malaysian Trumpet snails are only seen if you have poor water quality or late at night with a flashlight.

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    It's a new planted tank (just about a month old). They don't seem to mind the high nitrites and they are out all the time...I'm pretty sure that they hitchhiked on the plants. Good news is that the nitrites are almost down to zero which means my tank has nearly cycled. I will look for pictures of Malaysian trumpet snails again and re-compare. Thanks very much for your thoughts!

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