My First Hitchhiker

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by poeticinjustices, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. poeticinjusticesWell Known MemberMember

    Well well, I have my very first hitch hiker. Thank you Dolfan LOL (I kid...he warned me).

    He's in V's tank and since V is a lone betta in a 10g, I am not especially worried about him.

    He's a little thing so I assume he came in as an egg. Maybe I will be seeing a few more.

    He is my first experience with snails. At his current size, is there anything I need to do to make sure he eats? Can anyone tell me what kind he is? Maybe, I dunno, Doooooolfaaan? Haha.

    Rivieraneo, I think this is Tater haha :)

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  2. lollipopkillerWell Known MemberMember

    he will be fine just scooting around the thank eatting alge or extra fish food or what ever they suck up particals so it shouldnt be an issue but becareful because one turns in to millions lol

  3. Machine11Well Known MemberMember

    I'll be interested to see how your betta goes with it in the tank. I know all betas are different but I'm looking at May putting a snail in with my betta as cleanup crew.
    Thanks for the tip of the water wisteria a couple of weeks ago. Bluey loves it :)

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  4. DelaneywWell Known MemberMember

    Gosh, they start out so teeny and cute. Then they take over. Lol
  5. poeticinjusticesWell Known MemberMember

    Haha well I am watching closely for anymore to pop up. I don't want the tank over run.

    If it happens I have been itching for an assassin snail or will just employ the bait and catch method.

    Who knows? Maybe V will even make a meal out of the little ones.

    Today I noticed V was in his log flaring at the back corner of the tank which has nothing on it but the black background. It kind of reminds me of seeing a person talking to themselves haha but he has done it before so I didn't think much of it. 5 minutes later I see this little guy scooting across the back wall. So i think that's what he was flaring at.

    I can't find him now i think he is currently behind the sponge filter.

    Time will tell :)
    Machine11 - Glad he likes it! V loves his and every day it covers a bit more of the surface despite terrible lighting. I am quite happy with it!

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  6. DelaneywWell Known MemberMember

    I've been looking for a Nerite snail to try and put with my betta. They're basically impossible to find in my area. After 4 pet stores in 3 different cities, I might have a lead.
  7. poeticinjusticesWell Known MemberMember

    Well best of luck, Delaney!

    Is there any possible way anyone can tell me what type of snail he is, by chance?

    I just spotted him again. He's actually on the sponge of my sponge filter, tucked in one of the divets. It's kind of a strong air pump, he'll be all right there?
  8. DelaneywWell Known MemberMember

    My guess would be a pond snail.
  9. poeticinjusticesWell Known MemberMember

    That's what I thought too.

    Cool beans. We'll see what becomes of him. He's FAST.
  10. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    I have a random assortment always popping up in my 15 gallon planted. It's like finding easter eggs, except they are less colorful and not filled with candy.
  11. DelaneywWell Known MemberMember

    Fish candy, for certain fish?
  12. SaybaWell Known MemberMember

    I have a bunch of these bladder/pond snails after buying a few bunches of anacharis, I think they're cuter then most snails. They get cuter with ages too, I grew some pretty big before releasing them.

    I don't feed them other then throwing in some veggies once a week.
  13. poeticinjusticesWell Known MemberMember

    Are they going to eat the live plants?

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  14. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Not in my experience. If they go on the plants, it's to munch on the algae or the decaying leaves. They actually do a wonderful job in keeping the plants healthy.
  15. Archie1208New MemberMember

    I don't want to take over the thread but have a quick question. I don't want the hitch hikers... Is it OK to "squish" them quickly and leave as food for the fish?

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  16. DelaneywWell Known MemberMember

    A lot of folks talk about leaving a piece of cucumber floating overnight. In the morning they say it's covered in hitch hikers
    They just toss them in the trash.

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  17. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    If you have carnivorous fish, they may go after them on their own, no squishing required. If not, the squishing may just release a bunch of nastiness into the water column that could be harmful to the fish. Even if nothing is released, the uneaten decaying matter would not be beneficial to the overall health of the tank.
  18. virusmkWell Known MemberMember

    Plants are usually safe.

    I would be very cautious with them as i have had bad experience with hitchhikers.
    It started with one little snail. Than weeks after i was killing them one by one, but they were keep coming back untill i found their nest in my filter media.
    Eventhough very small tiny snails they were multiplying extremely quick.
  19. poeticinjusticesWell Known MemberMember

    Warning noted.

    He's been on the sponge filter since yesterday in various places leaving A LOT of snail poop behind him - at least I'd guess that's what it was. I'd been seeing that stuff in my tank for a few days and wasn't sure what was going on, now I see it's his.

    How does a clean up crew make this much of a mess? Wherever he goes he just leaves a trail of little poops right behind him.
  20. HappyKnitterValued MemberMember

    poeticinjustices.. I bought 2 assassin snails from Elmers and they have not eaten the ones I have now in Oro's garden.. I have not seen Oro attack them either. So there they are until they get too much.

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