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Reediculous_nanotank 11-26-2019 03:33 PM

Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
Hi everyone,

I got a few plants from another local hobbyist which unfortunately introduced a very tiny type of Ramshorn snail. They are the ones with a very flat disk shaped shell (not like the fancy ramshorns that a lot of people like to keep) and they only grow to be a few millimeters across. I'm having a lot of trouble getting rid of them (I know they are harmless, but I don't want them mixing with the shrimp colony I am planning to start, for feeding reasons). I believe my Betta, who became constipated and stopped eating, may have eaten too many of them (shell and all). They are in a 10g with a few Ensler guppies.

So far I have put in an assassin snail, but after 10 days the assassin nearly stopped moving, so I think he was not eating these snails and was starving. I've now bought a dwarf chain loach, which I am hoping will go to work. I even dewormed the whole tank a while back, and these tiny snails pulled through.

If the loach doesn't work, does anyone have any recommendations? I'm looking to eradicate them, not just control the population.

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2Dogs 11-26-2019 07:21 PM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
If your assassin snail recovers I bet that will solve the problem.

I have assassin snails that completely clear the tanks but then apparently exist on algae (maybe it is not ideal but I know they can survive - I have a tank that has baby assassins emerging).

Reediculous_nanotank 11-26-2019 08:34 PM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2Dogs (Post 1001791)
If your assassin snail recovers I bet that will solve the problem.



I have assassin snails that completely clear the tanks but then apparently exist on algae (maybe it is not ideal but I know they can survive - I have a tank that has baby assassins emerging).

Ok, that's good to hear. Thanks for responding! Have you had the type of snail I'm dealing with be eaten by assassins?

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mistergreen 11-26-2019 09:32 PM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
I think your flat snails are freshwater limpets.

2Dogs 11-26-2019 09:38 PM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
I have had a few different types of snail outbreaks, not sure about your variety in particular tho. I am curious about what you have ��

While I am not an authority here I have not seen any snail that an assassin will not eliminate.

2Dogs 11-26-2019 09:44 PM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
https://www.aquariumcarebasics.com/f...ssassin-snail/

What size are your unknown snails? Is your assassin larger than the pest?

Reediculous_nanotank 11-27-2019 05:15 PM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
I've attached pictures, but just to clarify, they have a very flat ramshorn shaped spiraling shell, so they're definitely not limpets.

I'm starting to think that my assassin snail may not have been healthy to start with. Since living with a handful of fancy ramshorn snails he doesn't appear to have eaten any of them either.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...f0c9dace7a.jpg

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Michael 11-28-2019 08:29 AM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
I have assassin snails in most of my tanks, along with ramshorn and Malayan trumpet snails. In my experience, assassin snails reproduce slowly. They slowly increase in numbers until they achieve a predator-prey balance with the other snails. The other species are never completely eliminated, but their population is controlled. Assassin snails will eat fish food if no prey is available, especially if the food has a lot of animal protein in it.

Reediculous_nanotank 11-28-2019 03:09 PM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
Thanks Michael, that's good to know.

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bertha 11-29-2019 10:17 AM

Re: Tiny species of pest Ramshorn snail
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2Dogs (Post 1001791)
If your assassin snail recovers I bet that will solve the problem.

I have assassin snails that completely clear the tanks but then apparently exist on algae (maybe it is not ideal but I know they can survive - I have a tank that has baby assassins emerging).

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