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Should you clean a snail?

Raws69

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I’ve got one random Nertie (dark one in middle of picture) that’s got a rough shell and picks up debris, to the point stuff is now growing on it lol. Gently brushing it doesn’t appear to work. Any tips?
 

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howanic

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Only on here would someone ask... 'should you clean a snail?' and have people not think you're nuts. I love this forum :lol:

I quite like his camo. I'd probably leave him as he is, as long as it doesn't seem to be bothering him. Sorry I couldn't offer more help
 

louis_last

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I've got a lot of ramshorn snails in many of my livefood tubs, some of them grow algae on their shells and some don't, there's one at the moment that has several batches of eggs stuck to it's shell, but there's also a snail in one of my ceriodaphnia cultures whose shell is entirely covered in a massive colony of some sort of colonial rotifer. It looks strange, almost like it has feathers or something. I've seen the same rotifers actually attach and form colonies on the carapace of daphnids before too.
 

louis_last

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Look at the state of this one. I think itt's actually some kind of Vorticella rather than a colonial rotifer living on the shell. People say this is a pest of aquatic shrimp however it's ubiquitous in all of my livefood cultures and, although it does sometimes even attach to daphnia and moina, I feed from those cultures daily into my shrimp tank and have never noticed any effecting the shrimp. I believe small predatory fish such as Boraras must consume them in sufficient numbers to stop them becoming established.
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