90 Gallon Tank Snail!

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Noticed that my lilies were looking poorly lately, thought it was because i had cut down on the excel. But this am i saw this on the glass, it is big enough i that i saw it while walking by in a mostly dark house! It's white and about the size of my pinky. How could i have missed this? Nothing has been added to the tank in months.

Can pond snails be white? Will get a better look after work with the lights on.


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I'm not sure if pond snails in particular can be white but I know mts can be in many different shades. Does look like a pond snail to me, a big one though! I'm assuming you meant your pinky nail not your whole pinky.
 
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Yes, but it is actually a little bigger than my nail! I havent had much luck on google but also at work so not much time...

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Okay I only really know my basic snails. Among the different types I house, I do have pond snails.... and mine, in particular don't look like that! Yes, they can come in many colors..... some uglier than others ...... but the shell shape of that picture is what is throwing me for a loop. It looks, kinda of pointed at the shell curl? Not as pointy as a MTS, for example..... but it almost reminds me of a Japanese Trapdoor Snail. I can't tell by your picture very well..... but how big is it? If you did mean, pinky nail.... then I guess that's not that big. But if it's your whole pinky...... man, I've got some big pond snails, but not that big!!!
 
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from my googling this am I was guessing bladder snail too. Maybe white because of no calcuim in the water? I would say it's just under 1/2 an inch long. I was getting ready for work so I took the pic with my phone, came back about 3 min later and he was at the top, so whatever it is it's fast too.

Had a pond snail infestation in my old betta tank, the shell seems a little longer than those. I'm just flabbergasted that as much as I look at the tank everyday I haven't seen it until now. The last thing added was a rainbow shark months ago!
 

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It may be that it looks different because "pond snail" is a blanket term used for alot of different snails, one of which is bladder snails.
 
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It may be that it looks different because "pond snail" is a blanket term used for alot of different snails, one of which is bladder snails.
Thank you Matt, I did not know that. Will probably just let it go and see what happens, kinda surprised it hasn't been eaten in my tank yet! The only pond snails I have experience with were little mottled brown pests!
 

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No problem, if I recall correctly, bladder snails shells spiral to the left and "pond snails" to the right. Again, alot of people don't differentiate and consider them all "pond snails".
 

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I was thinking albino bladder snail but googling hasn't come up with a definitive answer. The shell does look a little like an ear snail which is one of the many in the pond snail family. Normally the very white ones are albino but land snails.

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Good morning,

I have Pond or Bladder snails in my 33g long and some of them also have a white shell. I keep egg shells in the filter for calcium supplement. Too, they eat zucchini which is said to be high in calcium. I don't know that a lack of calcium is the cause of the white shell. I do not test for calcium.

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That does look a lot like an acute bladder snail (if you Google it have your child safety thing on)

As for the white I think it is okay it has a white shell so long as it doesn't look like there are mini craters forming. If you think about it there are Mystery Snails that have white shells and are perfectly normal (Pearl Mystery Snail as an example)
 
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Have seen my little buddy a few more times including last night. But today I noticed his empty shell lying on the floor of the tank. Does that mean the fish got him?
 
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