Please help identify these snails!

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I noticed one of these snails in my tank a month ago and since then there are now about 8-10. I have gotten new plants so I'm not sure if they are babies from my mystery snails (doubt it) or just free-loaders coming in from my real plants. I don't want an infestation and I don't want my plants eaten either.

Does anyone have any idea on what type of snails they are and what they do? Sorry it's hard to see the pics.
 

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Looks like pond snails.
Carol
 

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Agreed.
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yep i had loads of them in my tank..took ages to get them clear but i bought some clown loach it sure did the trick yipee..
 

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Yeah those are pond snails, same problem I have in my 10 gallon. A YoYo Loach will do the trick, I have to find an alternative though because yoyo's get too big for my 10.
 

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Yep, pond snails. I highly doubt that they will hurt your plants, and as long as you don't overfeed your fish, they'll be nicely beneficial in your tank.
 
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Okay! Thanks! What types of benefits do they have?
 

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Well, they are good for learning to count to 1000...
 
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Treefork said:
Well, they are good for learning to count to 1000...
Hahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way too funny! Unfortunately you're probably right!
 

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Yeah if they have a food source they are prolific little buggers.
 

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When crushed and fed to your fish, they're a healthy high protein/calcium dietary supplement.
 

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rainman said:
When crushed and fed to your fish, they're a healthy high protein/calcium dietary supplement.
that's what I'm raising snails for, I just hope my fish like them lol.
 

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Furallicah said:
that's what I'm raising snails for, I just hope my fish like them lol.

ewwwww, crushing them? aww, that's mean.
 

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jerilovesfrogs said:
ewwwww, crushing them? aww, that's mean.
I keep a few because my sister likes them lol. But other then that I'm hopeing to turn them into a little treat for my fish. And maybe Eli will nom them seeing he doesn't have taste for guppies . No worse then raising a chicken then eatting it...no I don't live on a farm....
 

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You crayfish will eat what snails it can get to. If you put in MTS, it will comb through the substrate lookiong for them.
 

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oh he doesn't want to eat guppies huh. so maybe he will like snails......he crushes them or you crush. lol, i'm such a thread hijacker! ops:
 

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gzarr said:
Okay! Thanks! What types of benefits do they have?
When I drop them in my Puffer tank they make a cool crunch sound
 

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gzarr said:
Okay! Thanks! What types of benefits do they have?
Well, they're so small that they can reach tiny bits (by tiny I mean almost un-seeable) of food that falls inside of the cracks in gravel and stuff. Since water current cannot reach them, they slowly decompose and become "toxic pockets" of ammonia. The snails eat the food before anything bad can happen.
 
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Well, they sound like they have some benefits. However, my 4 y.o. daughter decided to dump about an 1/8 cup of food into the tank when I wasn't looking. Ugghh! My first thought was 'snail outbreak.' I immediately vaccuumed as much as I could and didn't feed the fish for a couple days. I have thrown about 10 or so of these snails away as I have noticed (prior to the food dump) the population expanding. I'm just not sure how many are too many?
 
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