Stowaway Snail

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Abinormala, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Abinormala

    AbinormalaNew MemberMember

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    I'm not sure if you can make it out but I have a snail stowaway in my new fish tank which is still cycling. I plan on adding my betta to this tank eventually. Is this little snail doomed? Could there be other little stowaways?

    I added a bunch of plants last week, he could've hitched a ride then. Should I be concerned about my betta at all when it comes time to introduce him to the tank?





    Abinormala
     
  2. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Definitely not uncommon! It looks like a little guy, so there is a good chance there were some eggs that hitched a ride. I wouldn't be surprised if more appear. I would only say they are doomed if you pluck them out, like I do (mwahahahaha).

    I always see a new little guy pop up, even if it has been weeks since the last.

    edit: And I think your betta will be fine as well.
     
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    Abinormala

    AbinormalaNew MemberMember

    Thank you for your response!


    Abinormala
     
  4. ricmcc

    ricmccWell Known MemberMember

    First, I love your name:), it is my wife's pet name for me.
    I avoid snails like the plague (no fault of theirs', I just don't happen to like them, although I am told that they always speak well of me).
    At any rate, like taxes and in-laws, they are inevitable; I just put out bait, like cucumber or such, and drag them in in the morning.
    It is control, not elimination, but sort of works as a man/mollusk treaty of sorts---rick
     
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    Abinormala

    AbinormalaNew MemberMember

    I've heard people say that snails can be good for the tank, cleaning off algae, uneaten food, rotting plant matter. Am I naive to rejoice over this "freebie" snail?


    Abinormala
     
  6. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Not naive! Different snails will eat different amounts of food and have different breeding habits. I have nerite snails in my tank. Nerites eat tons of different algae/detritus and only breed in brackish water so I don't have to worry about them taking over my tank. The biggest worry about keeping hitchicker snails is that they could potentially breed and overrun the tank. I think snails are a great addition to any tank though.
     






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