Mystery Snail Babies! Help!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by Bailey Oswald, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Just found two tiny little snails in my 10 gallon betta tank. Took the big one out for closer inspection, and it appears my mystery snail had babies. I haven't seen an egg clutch at all, but here I am, with who knows how many baby snails in here. What should I do? I'd like to save them all. Can I put them in a tub or big jar to grow out in?

    All pictures are of the same baby. 7523ea17100b6434573bfbbfb58e8394.jpg7c6e5f1b57b5b7dd4debf07917f3b4fc.jpg995ffda59dc19860ac83702fd19e0820.jpg

    I found such a tiny one...
    Moving them into a temporary container as i see them. Don't want my betta to eat them. e28117d69f5b6f9eab60e7d18692faff.jpg

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  2. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    Those are not mystery snails - they are pond/bladder snails - some consider pests. Did you get new plants? They must have hitchhiked on them.
  3. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Really? No, not any new plants recently. The bigger one has a trapdoor and looks just like a mystery snail.
    I can believe the smaller one is, though.
  4. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    From the pointyness of the shell, it looks more like a pest snail - Could be the angle of the camera
  5. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like my mystery snails. At least the big one does. Ill try to take some better pictures.
    I don't mind if they are pest snails, but I'd like to figure out what they are.
  6. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah, probably a pest snail. Where did it come from? Still pretty cute. 73b08810cdd8e0b8434b57455bfbe01c.jpg
  7. toolmanWell Known MemberMember

    Mystery snails lay a clutch of eggs the size of your little finger. It will be pink and stuck to the glass or lid above the water line. Keep it warm and humid and you will see the snails develop in the eggs if fertile. Hatch in about 2weeks
  8. _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    Those pest snails seem to appear out of nowhere sometimes, you might never know where they came from. They don't generally harm plants and can help aerate the substrate, but they multiply very fast and can add to the bioload significantly. I have a "litter" of mystery snail babies myself right now and those don't really look like mystery snails to me, though you might have to wait until they grow a bit to be sure. It would be hard to miss a clutch of mystery snail eggs, they are big and often orange or pinkish.
  9. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Alright, they are pest snails. Feel pretty stupid now lol since I knew that mystery snail clutches were hard to miss. I set up a little tub to keep the pest snails in because i find them cute.

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