Anybody know what kind of critter this is?

Discussion in 'Snails' started by TikiBird, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. TikiBirdWell Known MemberMember

    Got some Java moss today and found this guy in it as a hitchhiker. He seems to sort of ooze out of his shell and pull himself along. I don't know what he is or if that means he's injured? Any thoughts? I don't want to put him in my tank if it's a pest type snail, but he is kind of cute.... ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1436651638.780432.jpg

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  2. GenaWell Known MemberMember


  3. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I would dispose of that snail. They multiply like crazy and will take over your tank!!

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  4. NicoFordValued MemberMember

    Hey mts are great in moderation

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  5. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    If you want snails for cleanup crew, the only one that won't take over your tank are nerites.

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  6. TikiBirdWell Known MemberMember

    If it matters, it's a red cherry shrimp and nerite snail tank it would be going in....

    If there's only one, it should be OK? Unless it's a female and is already pregnant I guess...?)
  7. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    MTS don't need two to reproduce...

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  8. TikiBirdWell Known MemberMember

  9. TikiBirdWell Known MemberMember

    To dispose of it, can I give it to my betta to eat?

    edit to add: I don't think I have the heart. Lol I'll probably just return the snail to the store.
  10. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    The betta may not eat it... Then you'll have a real problem on your hands.

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  11. TSzaboValued MemberMember

    Usually pet stores and your LFS dont want snails either...most have their own snail problems that they deal with. I have a weekly loop that I do to the local stores to help them pick snails out of their tanks that I in turn feed to my dwarf puffer. If you dont want it in your tank then youre probably just better off disposing of it.
  12. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    They are actually a very beneficial snail, especially if you have sand substrate but before you know it you will have hundreds of them and be fighting them off. I'd just get rid of it if you don't want a ton of them.

    Your betta likely won't touch it, I didn't know bettas would eat snails at all? But MTS have very hard shells and even some of the best snail eaters leave them be.

    I have hundreds of them in my tanks to keep my sand nice and loose, they also don't eat healthy plant matter like a lot of other snails do.
  13. TikiBirdWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks so much, all!
  14. EricVFishlore VIPMember

    Unless you're over feeding your tank they're hardly a nuisance. They spend most of their time hiding, great at cleaning up missed foods, and great in planted tanks.

    I have them in ALL of my tanks (on purpose lol) and have for years and I assure you they've never even come close to "overrunning" my tank. Their population will balance itself out based on how much food they have available.

    Also while nerites are great at eating algae they won't do much cleaning up of missed foods.
  15. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Rabbit snails only give birth to one snail at a time, so they wouldn't over run your tank.
  16. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Not much of a hider either, lol
  17. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Never heard of it but I do now. But isn't it ironic how they call them rabbit snails?

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  18. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    lol, they're a big snail.
    Very ironic....

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