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Old 08-03-2020, 07:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. Was sent to this forum by Reddit user jatcar95, thank you!

Just set up my tank yesterday. Everything looks to be okay, except I'm now seeing this jelly stuff (1st picture). I'm thinking snail eggs? But I don't see any snails... Should I remove it?

Also, there seems to be a lot of microbubbles in the substrate. I tried my best to get most of them out yesterday but today I see there's more. Is that something to be concerned about?
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Old 08-03-2020, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes those are snail eggs, probably one or two so they are hard to see.

The bubble are probably from water changes.

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Probably snail eggs. No big deal. In my opinion, snails are good. They eat algae. If there is no algae, the snails will not thrive. If there is a lot of algae, they will populate to eat your algae! If you want, get your own fancy snails that are bigger and faster. They will out-complete the smaller pond snails for the most part. Don't worry!
The small bubbles are probably just air that was trapped in your soil and is escaping as it hydrates. It might also be off-gassing as your new soil begins to break down and settle in. Again, don't worry! You're just getting started. No problems.
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I can confirm that is snails eggs. For me it looks like theodoxus' (mb fluviatilis). At least mine theodoxus spawned exactly the same eggs. They are very common in lakes and rivers of eastern Europe (Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, Poland etc). I don't know if they are popular in USA or anywhere else.

Edit: sorry for wrong information. Not theodoxus, its eggs looks similar to neriti eggs. On the photo is eggs of Physa marmorata (or another Physa sp.). Another little mollusk. There is an oppinion that they are pest snail. But for me thay are looking pretty interesting.

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Snails will also thrive off fish food, and help break down the food to reincorporate it with the substrate. When I started my newest tank I purposefully introduced snails from my old tank, so I could get the ecosystem going. I don't know how the eggs got in - maybe you have a sneaky snail or it was already attached to the plant when you got it.

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Hi. Was sent to this forum by Reddit user jatcar95, thank you!

Just set up my tank yesterday. Everything looks to be okay, except I'm now seeing this jelly stuff (1st picture). I'm thinking snail eggs? But I don't see any snails... Should I remove it?

Also, there seems to be a lot of microbubbles in the substrate. I tried my best to get most of them out yesterday but today I see there's more. Is that something to be concerned about?
Snails is really sneaky they'll find a way into your tank. My tank have 3 full grown ramshorn now but I've never introduce them into my tank. The eggs could be there from when you buy the plants since you said it's a new tank.

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Thank you guys for the help! I found the snail after I posted, and I found it again today and it go so much bigger! Does anybody know what type of snail this is? I'm excited to see a snail. Has it really gotten this big already?!

There's also little baby snails around the glass and other little worms. I'm guessing detritus worms though. Also, these snails poop a lot! You can see little poops on every other leaf of the plants haha

First pic is when I first spotted the little guy. The 2nd pic is from today
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There's also little fuzzy stuff on my plants. Is this some sort of algae or fungus? That stringy thing in the background is poop btw
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The leaf fuzz is algae. Most often algae shows up when the light intensity is too high.
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sorry for wrong information. Not theodoxus, its eggs looks similar to neriti eggs. On the photo is eggs of Physa marmorata (or another Physa sp.). Another little mollusk. There is an oppinion that they are pest snail. But for me thay are looking pretty interesting.
It's all good. And the picture really does closely look like Physa marmorata! Yea, There are a lot of baby snails around the tank AND A LOT OF POOP. Almost every leaf in the tank has poop on it or dangling from it. I think I'm gonna leave the little guy there and see what happens.
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