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What are these and where are they coming from?


Scarlett

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I've noticed these tiny little clear snails in my son's tropical tank. At first, I only noticed one. Now, there are four.

They look like a common garden snail, but completely clear and tiny.

I tried to take a photo, but it's blurry.

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Does anyone know what they are and more importantly, where they are coming from?

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Looks like ramshorn snails to me! As long as you keep up with your tank maintenance, the population will stay in check. They feed on organic matter inside the tank, and if you don't leave them a ton of "food", then they won't have the opportunity to become a nuisance. We used to have a problem with them in my dad's tropical tanks, as they'd come in on the plants. Now, I bleach dip everything, so I don't have to worry about them.

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I actually found a secondary population of snails in one of my 200 litre tank filters. But, these are different. They are black and have a different shape shell. There were 100's of them living in my filter, but none in the tank. Weird.

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