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Thanks

Will get rid if them

Hmm should I squish them and add them back as a source of ammonia ;)

And why oh why do these guys survive in an uncycled tank.

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They don't bother me so I just leave them. Never seen them eat healthy plants either, they tend to go for decaying stuff.

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I have them in my 10 gal. betta tank, & they just mosey around & eat dead plant material, they don't seem to bother live leaves. I suck out lots every week when I vacuum the gravel, so they never seem to get out of control. Any I tossed in with the goldfish when they were in an outdoor tub always got eaten.

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I got one that hitchhiked in on a plant ... how it survived the bleach treatment, I don't know! He also survived growing up in my goldfish tank, despite my goldfish taking turns trying to eat him and spitting him out. He grew fairly large and lived for about a year before dying a few months ago ... Waldo was a great snail! :)

Edit: it's hard to tell based on their size currently, but mine was a Ramshorn snail. They commonly come in on plants.

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I leave them because my fish gobble them up for a snack

  

They don't bother me so I just leave them. Never seen them eat healthy plants either, they tend to go for decaying stuff.

  

I have them in my 10 gal. betta tank, & they just mosey around & eat dead plant material, they don't seem to bother live leaves. I suck out lots every week when I vacuum the gravel, so they never seem to get out of control. Any I tossed in with the goldfish when they were in an outdoor tub always got eaten.

  

I kind of like them, lol They can be a pest if you don't like them because you tend to get so many but personally I like them.

  

I got one that hitchhiked in on a plant ... how it survived the bleach treatment, I don't know! He also survived growing up in my goldfish tank, despite my goldfish taking turns trying to eat him and spitting him out. He grew fairly large and lived for about a year before dying a few months ago ... Waldo was a great snail! :)

Edit: it's hard to tell based on their size currently, but mine was a Ramshorn snail. They commonly come in on plants.

Thank you all

I guess I panicked :)

I thought they would breed like rabbits and would be harmful to goldfish

All good, thanks again.

Should I be quarantining plants in future to minimise the chances of snails?

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I've added many plants to my tank and only ever got the one snail. I've never quarantined plants; just the 1-minute bleach treatment. It's up to you if you want to QT, but keep in mind that most snails come in as eggs on the plants and it could be a long time before the snails become large enough for you to see. In my case, I think it was 2 months after I added the plants that I first noticed the snail, and he was super tiny. If it were me, I wouldn't QT the plants and just allow the goldfish to eat the snails.

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In my experience snails won't survive a bleach treatment, but their eggs tend to. If you are getting bigger leaved plants, I usually give them an inspection and remove any eggs manually (little gelatinous looking blobs).

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I got one that hitchhiked in on a plant ... how it survived the bleach treatment, I don't know! He also survived growing up in my goldfish tank, despite my goldfish taking turns trying to eat him and spitting him out. He grew fairly large and lived for about a year before dying a few months ago ... Waldo was a great snail! :)

Edit: it's hard to tell based on their size currently, but mine was a Ramshorn snail. They commonly come in on plants.

 

If I were to hazard a guess then perhaps a bladder snail

 

I've added many plants to my tank and only ever got the one snail. I've never quarantined plants; just the 1-minute bleach treatment. It's up to you if you want to QT, but keep in mind that most snails come in as eggs on the plants and it could be a long time before the snails become large enough for you to see. In my case, I think it was 2 months after I added the plants that I first noticed the snail, and he was super tiny. If it were me, I wouldn't QT the plants and just allow the goldfish to eat the snails.

 

 

In my experience snails won't survive a bleach treatment, but their eggs tend to. If you are getting bigger leaved plants, I usually give them an inspection and remove any eggs manually (little gelatinous looking blobs).

 

what is the one minute bleach treatment?

Must look it up

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what is the one minute bleach treatment?

Must look it up

A bleach dip for plants is 1 part bleach to 19 parts water. Submerge plants for a couple of minutes, pull out and rinse well with water and Prime. Some plants don't like bleach though and other methods need to be used. ;)

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