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  1. Hi all! I’m trying to identify this tiny baby snail that hitch hiked into my tank, I do have nerites laying eggs and have yet to see any hatch but I’m almost certain this isn’t a nerite based on the foot and it appeared just after adding salvinia minima. Anyways, since the photo is a little hard to make out, it’s mostly transparent with brown speckled from the tip of the spiral which does protrude out not in like a ramshorn.. I’m guessing and hoping it’s a mystery snail but also just have no idea. I want to properly care for it not eradicate it but if it’s a pesty type of snail I do have assassin snails too to keep a population under control. https://ibb.co/HrczqJD https://ibb.co/swsdpZg https://ibb.co/tzqYNvb https://ibb.co/0q6FJLp https://ibb.co/6v2L9GY thanks for any help!
  2. I have a softball-sized clump of Subwassertang that I want to treat for snails and other pests. I wasn't sure if it would melt back under certain treatments like H2O2. Has anyone treated Subwassertang for snails? Thanks!
  3. Stumbled across this article and just found it interesting. It talks about how snails could be used as income for some African farmers. Take that for your snail-hate, Dean! Lol jk http://nation.africa//favicon-16x16.png You can make good income by rearing snails, researcher says | Nation NATION.AFRICA Slime extracted from the snails is used to make skincare products such as body lotions and soaps.
  4. Hi all, I am a newbie and still cycling my planted tank , (no more ammonia but nitrite still high ) The thing is that I go some algae in the process... with the algae I started to see other creatures appear (hitchhikers form the plants) I am guessing . I see baby snails and I know that these are good , I also see very skinny and long worms, they almost look like white hair until you notice them crawling and eating the algae . I also see tinny little creatures looking like small bugs or fleas ? I know that some worms are and some creatures are good and some can be very bad I going not find on google a worm that looks like the one I have and I want to make sure nothing bad is going on before adding fish after the cycling . I tried to take a picture but these are very small things we are talking about so it blurry Thank you
  5. Aquariums hold many more living things than fish. What is in your tank? I caught this grass shrimp last week in a ditch while collecting banana plants.
  6. The common recommendation is clown loaches or assassin snails but a quick google tells me they think all snails are delicious and not just the tiny annoying ones. I have a mystery snail that I'm very fond of. I'd like it to be unharmed while dealing with my pest snails
  7. @Cory i found a lil hitchhiker today in my 10 gallon. It is in the cycling stages so no fish and all the plants (and gear) came from Aquarium co-op so it had to come from plants. What snail do you keep in your plant tanks? I just need to know how to care for it. I am grateful as i was hoping to get a few as i love them. It looks like a nerite but it is very tiny only a few MM in size so i cant really tell. Any advece would be appreciated. Thanks!
  8. My little 10g is ready for some more life, but I'm down a research hole and need advice. I was originally planning for pea puffers, but I think I want just a colony of algae eaters for now, so I'm thinking cherry shrimp, Nerite snails and otos. My tank is currently in a major brown algae situation, so I'm thinking that will feed everyone for a bit, but what do I get to make them all happy long term? I have some banquet blocks coming tomorrow. I think my primary concern is the otos. Should I buy Repashy? What do you all think of it? It sounds kind of complex for this newbie. Maybe 6 otos? Or more because the bioload of the others is so minimal? And should I get Wonder Shell automatically? I know the banquet blocks have calcium in them. Should I wait until all the algae is gone? Will that be too late for the otos? I tend to over prepare for things so I'm spinning at the moment. My tank is heavily planted with more plants on the way.
  9. Hello folks. Been fish Keeping for just over a year and a half. Started with a 10 gallon tank for my 3 kiddos. It took about 3 days before I realized I was already addicted. YouTube was fuel to the fire and I started cramming all the information from every fish keeping video I could watch. After a few months of learning I made every mistake a new fish keeper can make everything seemed to get easy. That's when I decided to start my 2nd tank. Against all advice from my new best friends at the local fish store I set up another 10 gallon tank. I ordered all the plants and filters from Aquarium Co-op. After planning to make it a pea puffer tank I watch it cycle. Then when it was ready I couldn't find any pea puffers within 100 miles from me. I happened to go the fish store one time without my kids and I seen this little not even 1/2 inch fahaka puffer looking at me in the back section of a divied tank( I wouldn't have noticed him if my kids where there). I took him home without a 2nd thought. After watching Corey's videos on puffer fish before I even made a tank for pea puffers I had done alot of research on several fresh water puffers( all Corey's fault). I knew this was gonna be my buddy. I also got very lucky a few weeks prior to getting my Fahaka. A new friend gave me 180 gallon acrylic tank which was so scratched up you couldn't see into it. 3 weeks of elbow grease it was good as new. After getting my Fahaka me and my daughter named him Worshershier. Knowing that the wife hates it when me and the daughter go grocery shopping because of our love of annoying her by watching around the store saying "worshershier", it seemed like the perfect name. I had moved him from a 10 gallon to a 20 gallon. After a month. Then the fear of having to take him back to the fish store really fired up my attention to finishing the 180 gallon build. After a few months of saving, building and researching. I finally got my tank going. The move to the 180 has been amazing. I have watch him grow from 3 inch to 8 inch in about 2 months. I have added a few fish in with him recently and he hasn't eaten any YET. While I was building his 180 gallon tank I also started breeding mystery snails. I have a 39 tall tank that is actually one of my favorite tanks to look at even though in all reality it's a bait tank. My 20 gallon tank that I moved my Worshershier out of became the new home to my fish in my first 10 gallon tank. It was a must do to keep the peace in the house. So I went from 5 tanks down to 3 tanks. Happy wife happy life. There are future plans that the wife has given the ok to in the family room(fish room). But until then I am gonna enjoy what I have now. Thanks for readying if you have made it this far. And thank you Corey for what you have dont for the hobby and my own person slice of paradise.
  10. I decided to take some close up shots of my snails and noticed this white "hand" looking stuff on its shell. Does anyone know what that is? I assume it has something to do with growth? I don't think its a disease so I'm posting in general discussion. I'd love to hear if anyone has seen anything similar?
  11. What are my snails doing!? The gold one is whipping back and fourth like it’s trying to get the blue one off!!
  12. Before After This snail tank started out as a plant grow out tank that I put next to my indoor plants for an experiment. Next thing I knew there was a bunch of snails so it became a snail grow out. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
  13. Can somebody tell me the exact product you buy for your snail shells? I did order some from Walmart, but I just noticed they are peppermint flavored!! And had some sort of artificial sweetener in them! That is no bueno! Can you help me out? Thank you so much!
  14. Hi Friends! I suddenly have what I think is brown algae all over everything in my new 10g tank, like overnight. Is there a cleanup crew I can get that would also survive if I get pea puffers? Should I let snails do the work and then just use them to feed the puffers? Thank you for the advice!
  15. The kids seemed a bit restless tonight, so I took them out for a little walk:
  16. I have a new betta tank with amazon frogbit. I cycled with the frogbit and not snails in sight. After I introduced the betta (pouring the betta out of the bag into the aquarium, like my local fish store told me to do), small snails have started showing up. I looked at them under a magnifier and they look like ramshorn snails (they are so small that the shells are almost see through). I think I read that they will eat the underside of the frogbit. Will they eat the underside of the frogbit? Do I need to try to get rid of them, or can I just welcome them to the tank?
  17. Greetings, I bought some Kuhli Loaches last November along with a couple if stowaways(snails). Now things have reached a point where I'm considering "snail culling"... Tank 1: 40 gallons (2) Pearl Gouramis (15) Harlequin Rasboras (10) Kuhli Loaches (9) Amano Shrimp Tank 2: 10 gallons Cycled, "was empty" I've been collecting snails during water changes an putting them into the 10 gallon tank... so far these are the ideas I've come up with: * Assassin Snails for both tanks * A "social number" of YoYo Loaches for the 40 gallon(bad idea because of the Amano Shrimp?) * A Pea Puffer for the 10 gallon tank Ideas? -Alan
  18. Trying to find a place to order snails. Is the spelling Nerite or Nerita for snails. Is it the same thing? I see two different spellings.
  19. These showed up today about a week or so after adding the plants I ordered to my tank. Any idea of what kind of snails they are. I was setting up this tank as a shrimp only tank are these going to bother my shrimp?
  20. how can i get my congo spotted puffer on some harder type food like snail and shrimps
  21. How to control them or keep them controlled in a 125 african Cichlid tank just turned the light in my room and the tank is covered lol are they necessarily bad
  22. I am bringing home few mystery and nerite snails. do we need to quarantine them? any recommendations.
  23. My 17-gallon tank has been running for 3 weeks. It's full of plants - some melting, some kinda chillin', and some taking off. More details and tank parameters at the end for those interested. I'm so grateful to see some baby snails that hatched in the tank (first saw 2 as teeny-tiny specks on 12/14, and now they are a bit bigger and I see more). I'm glad they are around to start cleaning up some of the dead and dying plant matter. My question is this: I'd like to control this snail population naturally, and I don't plan to add snail-eating fish to this tank. I know that if I can keep the food source limited, I have a good chance at limiting their population. I don't really mind them...they are helping me now. What I don't want to happen is their population explodes because of all the plant matter available now, and then once the tank stabilizes, the plants take off, and I add fish in a couple of months, the snails start dying off and causing problems when I can't find their little dead bodies in and amongst the plants! So, I'm considering adding one or two nerite snails. They are larger, so they'll eat more and if they die I stand a better chance of finding them. My thought is they'd help "absorb" the excess plant matter and thus control the pond snail population to a reasonable level. I can't easily vacuum or snip the dead matter because it causes the plants to uproot from the soil, and I'm giving them a chance to melt and come back. Any thoughts from the crowd? Is this a good idea? Do you have a better suggestion? Am I worrying about this too much? (Also, comments on the timing...should I wait until the nitrites are 0 or will that give the snails too much of an edge, LOL?) Thanks, everyone! More tank details: It's got ADA aquasoil (wanted to try something different) and pressurized CO2 (about 1 bps). It's consistently running at pH 6.4, KH and GH 2 degrees, and total ammonia 1-2ppm. Nitrites 0ppm until two days ago, when they started spiking to 3 ppm. Nitrates have been around 0-2.5ppm (probably from the rainwater; I use a combo of rainwater and tap), but now at 20ppm (they were 10ppm the day after I dosed Easy Green for the first time). In this 3-week period I have added some FritzZyme 7, and I also left all the rock wool in from my various plant shipments over the past 3 weeks (I bought from 4 different sources, including Aquarium Coop).
  24. Hello, I have a 20H and I have been contemplating whether I should add fish to my tank or not. what's in my tank so far; 2 pink Ramshorn snails (plus who knows how many baby snails) 4 horned nerite snails bladder snails (hitch hiked off of plants) an assassin snail 7 cherry shrimp plants (hornwort, Val, amazon sword, japan, java moss, windelov java fern, dwarf hair grass, banana plant, 2 stem plants I don't know the name of) sponge filter, aquatop 50, amazon cheap plant light I am planning on adding about 10-15 more cherry shrimp to the tank. I have been considering adding some chili rasboras or(and) neon tetras to my tank, but I am concerned about possible aggression as the cherry shrimp are my favorite to watch. my water parameters are; ph. 7.2 gh. 161 kh. 71
  25. I plan to rescue my GFs depressed betta from a bowl and put it in a 2.5 gallon aquarium. She's not going to want to gravel vac it weekly if at all. The tank is going to be planted (prolly pennywort since I have plenty extra) but what about the fish poop from one betta? Would a snail be able to take care of it and if so, what type of snail would both handle the poop and not becomes dinner for a hungry betta?
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