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Hi everyone

Recently bought some live plants which are thriving with additional carbon and fertiliser tablets. I tried to wash them as carefully as possible to check for any unwelcome eggs... well seems I missed some

Could someone please tell me what type of snail this is and should I remove it or how to deal with it (if need be)??

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Most worming meds for kish will kill all snails if you want rid! be careful though as it'll also harm shrimp if you have any!
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All I will say is get on it fast. They reproduce like you wouldn’t believe. Pick out any you see and destroy the eggs.
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Oh and it’s likely a bladder snail.
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Hello and welcome :)
Yep it’s a bladder snail.
As mentioned remove them as you see them, dont crush them in the tank as they will release eggs that will hatch and produce more snails.
You can also set traps using fresh veg like lettuce or cucumber weighed down, just take them out remove the snails and replace :)
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Thanks for the replies, have spotted 2 already and taken out. Do they destroy the plants? Wondered if some of the leaves looked like they did because of the snails

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Chicken&egg @CLondon :D Some say they eat leaves, others that the plant is stressed/dying first and the snails just eat any decaying plant matter.
Bladder snails are great for clearing up uneaten fish food but they do multiply like crazy. Not sure whether they will attack healthy plants, though. If you are generally happy with snails, you could get assassin snails to get rid of any 'pest snails'.

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Ric wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 16:02 pm
Chicken&egg @CLondon :D Some say they eat leaves, others that the plant is stressed/dying first and the snails just eat any decaying plant matter.
Bladder snails are great for clearing up uneaten fish food but they do multiply like crazy. Not sure whether they will attack healthy plants, though. If you are generally happy with snails, you could get assassin snails to get rid of any 'pest snails'.
Thanks for this reply
Yeah been thinking about introducing assassin snail and see how it goes. Bloody buggers blend so well in with my black substrate.

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Post by Stephen »

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Bladder snails.
I only buy my plants from reputable sources such as Aquarium Garden & Aqua Essentials.
Not only are their plants top quality but they also come chemical free and snail free (99.9% of the time). ;)

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Ric wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 16:02 pm
Chicken&egg @CLondon :D Some say they eat leaves, others that the plant is stressed/dying first and the snails just eat any decaying plant matter.
Bladder snails are great for clearing up uneaten fish food but they do multiply like crazy. Not sure whether they will attack healthy plants, though. If you are generally happy with snails, you could get assassin snails to get rid of any 'pest snails'.
I have a VERY healthy population of bladder snails! They don’t touch healthy plants. If they did, with the number I have I wouldn’t have any plants left! I have one very fat assassin snail, and I pull out about 30 per week by hand. Between me and the assassin we keep the population under control; and the bladder snails keep the fish waste, excess food and algae under control. I almost feel guilty pulling them out but they multiply like mad!
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