What the heck is this

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Taritus, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. TaritusValued MemberMember

    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. mg13Well Known MemberMember

  3. Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

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

  4. mg13Well Known MemberMember

    It could be a leech.
  5. TaritusValued MemberMember

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

    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. TaritusValued MemberMember

    No I flushed it I wasn't chancing it getting on a fish
    It inched along kinda was real creepy
  8. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    I don't have a clue what that is, it is pretty creepy though :/
  9. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    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 MonsterWell Known MemberMember

    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. KoniuchaValued MemberMember

    Is the snail ok?
  12. TaritusValued MemberMember

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

    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. TaritusValued MemberMember

    Yea it was really creepy
  15. Aquarium SaturationValued MemberMember

  16. Lady MonsterWell Known MemberMember

    Maybe they just hitch hike and don't hurt the shell?
  17. TaritusValued MemberMember

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

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

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

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