Surprise Snail

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So I went to my LFS the other day to get a few things, including a live plant. All went well, I brought it home. Now it’s been a few days and suddenly, a baby snail has appeared in my tank. I already have a tiger nerite snail, but it’s by itself so it can’t be from that. I’m assuming it was in the plant somehow when I got it (even though the plant was in a strictly plant tank). I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of snail this is and how to take care of it. I’m still in shock from finding it and have no idea what I’m doing so I’ll take all the advice I can get lol
 

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You have a ramshorn snail there! He probably did hitchhike in on the plant.
They can reproduce quickly but need another snail. I would check your plant for any eggs and remove them asap. If you only have one snail, I would go ahead and keep him, but if you have a second then you will soon have many more.
 

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What would the eggs look like?
the clutch will be a round jelly-like sack (a little smaller than dime-sized) with a bunch of dots in it. Depending on how developed the eggs are, the dots can be smaller than your eye can see, or as large as a pin head. They usually start hatching at this point.
 
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I didn’t find any eggs, so hopefully it’s just the one! I’m perfectly fine with a new, and free, friend! As long as it doesn’t turn into 50 lol
 
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I already have a cuttlebone in the water, since I already have a nerite snail. Do I need to add anything else? Do they need extra calcium like a water additive or something or with the cuttlebone be enough? I have plenty of algae and biofilm for the little guy to munch on
 

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I already have a cuttlebone in the water, since I already have a nerite snail. Do I need to add anything else? Do they need extra calcium like a water additive or something or with the cuttlebone be enough? I have plenty of algae and biofilm for the little guy to munch on
Nope, he shouldn't need anything else ramshorns are very easy to keep, so long as you have exactly 1 lol. He will eat the same stuff as your nerite and need the same water conditions. So basically just keep the tank nice your your nerite, and the ramshorn will also benefit.
 
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Nope, he shouldn't need anything else ramshorns are very easy to keep, so long as you have exactly 1 lol. He will eat the same stuff as your nerite and need the same water conditions. So basically just keep the tank nice your your nerite, and the ramshorn will also benefit.
Okay thank you! I’m excited for my new addition!
 

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Rest assure you will eventually see more. They will show up if you overfeed underfeed take him out take the plant out or if you look away and look back . There will be more. Their great little snails IMO. Good luck. Here is my 5.5 Cory fry tank and my 29 outdoor tank
 
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What if I took the plant out and left him? Is there a chance it’ll just be him?
 
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