10 Gallon Tank Mystery mystery snail in new tank?

Rosemoss

I have a new tank in the process of cycling and I was checking it because the driftwood is coated in that fluffy white mold/algae? Anyway I noticed little worm like things and freaked out but then I realized it was poop coming from a tiny TINY baby snail. I have no idea where this guy came from! I have a single ivory mystery snail in my established 20 gallon, but I’ve had them for three months by themselves so I wouldn’t think it came from them? Anyway, I’m not sure what to do they’re welcome to stay of course but I’m not sure how to raise such a tiny thing? All I can think is calcium for the shell? Any advice would help!
 

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Chewbacca773

I have a new tank in the process of cycling and I was checking it because the driftwood is coated in that fluffy white mold/algae? Anyway I noticed little worm like things and freaked out but then I realized it was poop coming from a tiny TINY baby snail. I have no idea where this guy came from! I have a single ivory mystery snail in my established 20 gallon, but I’ve had them for three months by themselves so I wouldn’t think it came from them? Anyway, I’m not sure what to do they’re welcome to stay of course but I’m not sure how to raise such a tiny thing? All I can think is calcium for the shell? Any advice would help!
Did you treat your plants for snail eggs? That could be some other type of snail that hitchhiked on your plants as either an egg or really small.
 

kallililly1973

Looks like a pond or bladder snail that more than likely came in on new plants
It’ll eat the biofilm forming on your DW .
 

Rosemoss

Did you treat your plants for snail eggs? That could be some other type of snail that hitchhiked on your plants as either an egg or really small.
I didn’t! I didn’t know that was a thing haha. ALSO! there are two now
 

Chewbacca773

I didn’t! I didn’t know that was a thing haha. ALSO! there are two now
Well now you do, there are lots of YouTube vidoes about it if you need more info
 

richiep

No need for youtube we have all the information you need here
You'll have another more before they're finished unless you take steps to control them now, if you don't want them start manually removing as you see them
 

Chewbacca773

No need for youtube we have all the information you need here
You'll have another more before they're finished unless you take steps to control them now, if you don't want them start manually removing as you see them
I can confirm this works. I had a little outbreak at some point and removed them whenever I saw them. I never saw them again.
 

Rosemoss

No need for youtube we have all the information you need here
You'll have another more before they're finished unless you take steps to control them now, if you don't want them start manually removing as you see them
Remove as in I need to kill them?:(
 

Chewbacca773

Remove as in I need to kill them?:(
You can also relocate them to a different tank or um... yeah
 

NearMeBettas

If you don't want to remove them, you don't have to. Many people just find them as pest. :)

I personally don't. I love all snails and enjoy watching them it my tanks.
 

Rosemoss

If you don't want to remove them, you don't have to. Many people just find them as pest. :)

I personally don't. I love all snails and enjoy watching them it my tanks.
Oh ok great! I mostly just wanted to know how to properly care for them but now I see there’s a thread for that already. I love snails too
 

mattgirl

If you don't want them in this tank you need to start removing every one you see, now. If you see one, there will be more. If you can't bring yourself to squash them, just move them to their own little home. Mine live in a 2.5 gallon jar. :)

BTW: They practically take care of themselves.
 

Rosemoss

If you don't want them in this tank you need to start removing every one you see, now. If you see one, there will be more. If you can't bring yourself to squash them, just move them to their own little home. Mine live in a 2.5 gallon jar. :)

BTW: They practically take care of themselves.
Oh ok! Yeah there are just two and I think they’re adorable so I was going to keep them!
 

mattgirl

Oh ok! Yeah there are just two and I think they’re adorable so I was going to keep them!
If there are two I suspect there will be more. They just haven't let you see them yet :D If there are not more right now there will be. I was feeding extra to one of my tanks to make sure my mystery snail babies got plenty of food to keep 'em growing. By doing so there was also plenty of food for the ramshorn snails I have in the same tank. Their numbers exploded in the tank. I have been pulling excess snails out of there and putting them in my snail jar.

One, two or even a dozen of them shouldn't pose a problem. When their numbers explode into the hundreds it can cause issues. I did have bladder snails for a while but for some odd reason I no longer see any of them. As long as you don't have excess food in the tank you should be able to keep their population down to manageable levels and can just enjoy them. Most snails do have their place in this hobby.
 

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