Aliens In The Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Jen_Ben_SP, May 29, 2018.

  1. Jen_Ben_SP

    Jen_Ben_SPNew MemberMember

    Hi everyone! I have one betta and one snail in a 5 gallon fresh water tank. I changed aquariums three days ago and discovered these two things this morning. Does anyone know what they are and what, if anything, I should do about them?

    Thanks so much! :)

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  2. Goldiemom

    GoldiemomWell Known MemberMember

    I'm guessing they are snail eggs. Not sure what kind. If you don't find any hitch hikers on plants, then your snail was evidently pregnant. If you want more snails, let them hatch. If not, toss them. I raised some baby trap door snails and they were kind of fun to watch.
  3. OP

    Jen_Ben_SPNew MemberMember

    Oh! That makes sense, thank you! I panicked and went right into alarm mode lol.

  4. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    It looks a good deal like some old food that is fungused over
  5. JLeeM

    JLeeMWell Known MemberMember

    What kind of snail do you have?

  6. Redshark1

    Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    I'm going with the aliens diagnosis.
  7. mattgirl

    mattgirlFishlore VIPMember

    What was in this tank before you moved your Betta and snail over to it? They look to me like some kind of dead fish that have been in there long enough to lose all color and became transparent.
  8. Goldiemom

    GoldiemomWell Known MemberMember

    I thought about food too but do you think it would have that much fungus on it already if she just cleaned 3 days ago? Could be.
  9. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Yeah, I've seen food entirely covered in just a day, so I guess it's possible
  10. OP

    Jen_Ben_SPNew MemberMember

    The snail is a nerite.

    LOL Aliens are my go-to conclusion on most things. :D

    The aquarium is new. I switched them over to this new aquarium because the one they were in before no longer has filters being made for it (Top Fin, Betta Flow, 3.5 gallon). The betta and snail are the only two I've ever had. :)
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  11. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Those are not like any nerite eggs I have seen. Nerite eggs look like little flat sesame seeds.
  12. OP

    Jen_Ben_SPNew MemberMember

    Okay, the common replies seem to be that they are most likely fungus so I will get the net and pull them out. Blah!

    Thanks everyone! <3
  13. mattgirl

    mattgirlFishlore VIPMember

    A turkey baster can be your best friend when things like this alien show up :) A net might spread it but a baster should get every bit of it. We all know that just a drop or two of an alien can grow another one :D
  14. OP

    Jen_Ben_SPNew MemberMember

    Awesome, thank you! :D
  15. PatientStars

    PatientStarsValued MemberMember

    It looks like food that has sprouted fungus to me. Do you feed your nerite algae wafers? Those grow fungus in a matter of hours.

    If not, it could also be that your snail was irritated by something on his foot and slimed to get it off. Mine sometimes do that and leave behind gross looking goo.
  16. Ms rose

    Ms roseWell Known MemberMember

    you know it looks alot like what grows on new driftwoord, its the same consistancy and color. folks round here call it wood snot haha
  17. Kristian AcevedoValued MemberMember

    Every time I or my betta scare my Nerites they just goo everywhere, such a funny sight, but also kind of unsettling
  18. Koiman

    KoimanValued MemberMember

    Did anyone else think of the youtube channel, Aquapros, when you saw aliens in the title?

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