What the heck is this

  1. Taritus

    Taritus Valued Member Member

    Got new mystery snails and I saw this lump on one of their shells and assumed it was a baby since the tank they came from had babies however when I put it in the tank this happened ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1467580558.680716.jpg and then it separated from the snail
    I grabbed it when tweezers and moved it to the sink
    What is it
     
  2. mg13

    mg13 Well Known Member Member

  3. Mom2some

    Mom2some Well Known Member Member

    Bithimala? The long thing could be a snails siphon tube thing which they get air with ... But it would not detach.
     


  4. mg13

    mg13 Well Known Member Member

    It could be a leech.
     
  5. OP
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    Taritus

    Taritus Valued Member Member

    Not tube it detached and moved around until I grabbed it and I got them at petco
     
  6. Bithimala

    Bithimala Fishlore VIP Member

    Nope, definitely not the tube, not from the outside, back of the snail and not if it doesn't stay attached. Definitely something I would suggest getting out of the tank until there's more about what it is... Any chance better pics are available of it? Maybe a baby loach of some sort?
     


  7. OP
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    Taritus

    Taritus Valued Member Member

    No I flushed it I wasn't chancing it getting on a fish
    It inched along kinda was real creepy
     
  8. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    I don't have a clue what that is, it is pretty creepy though :/
     
  9. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    It is a leech. They often hitch rides on snails, gets them to other places with minimal effort, and snails attract fish, so it's a win-win for the leech.

    Usually they are found on snails that were raised outside, so getting it on a snail from a store is odd.
     
  10. Lady Monster

    Lady Monster Well Known Member Member

    That's creepy!!! It would be enough for me to set up a small QT. Id imagine whoever they are getting snails from must breed them outdoors. Maybe let the store know that there was a leech on your snail and they should probably check their stock for others
     
  11. Koniucha

    Koniucha Valued Member Member

    Is the snail ok?
     
  12. OP
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    Taritus

    Taritus Valued Member Member

    Yea the snail is just fine Infact it's mating right now I believe so better then fine lol
     
  13. Platylover

    Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    The snail realised how short life really is... Haha, I've been following this thread, I would have been so freaked out and would have either kept it in a container or burned it haha.
     
  14. OP
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    Taritus

    Taritus Valued Member Member

    Yea it was really creepy
     
  15. Aquarium Saturation

    Aquarium Saturation Well Known Member Member

    Yuck!!
     
  16. Lady Monster

    Lady Monster Well Known Member Member

    Maybe they just hitch hike and don't hurt the shell?
     
  17. OP
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    Taritus

    Taritus Valued Member Member

    That's what I'm assuming but I killed it couldn't risk it latching onto fish
     
  18. Lady Monster

    Lady Monster Well Known Member Member

    Oh definitely! I think they probably use the snails to get to the fish. Hopefully there are no more in your tank.
     
  19. OP
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    Taritus

    Taritus Valued Member Member

    He was the only one I saw however I do know some fish eat leeches