It's been a while since I've posted due to an overloaded class schedule and work schedule, but, I'm back! I noticed in my tank and especially on my black mystery snails gobs and long strings of something. It looks like oblong brown (very small) things connected together my a clear membrane or something. Its literally on one of my fake plants but a huge gob is on one of my black mystery snails. It doesn't look like eggs (from what I've seen on the internet). Any ideas?
That's pretty unusual. Could it be algae? Are the plastic plants intended for aquarium use? I've seen algae growing on large snails, maybe even hair algae, but these guys seem to have picked up something from the bottom of the aquarium or the filter element. Although I'm slow, I'm no snail expert, so it could be some mysterious mysterysnail malady.
It may be algea, I'm not sure at all. I've been trying to find pix online of all kinds of differen stuff and nothing has matched. It literally started to pop up for the course of less than 2 days. I'm going to my LFS tomorrow for some insight (...if they can give any). It just worries me because of the glob on the snail. I wiped it off of the snail and am keeping it in a ziploc bag w/ water to bring in with me.
Please let us know if you find out what it is, or if it recurs.
I will! Everyone in the tank seem fine, and I'm probaly over-reacting, but I really like my snails!
Hmm Pictures of your globs and strings would help to identify the problem you may be haveing with your tank and snails. You know what they say "A picture is worth a thousand words". lol
I'm almost certain it was some type of algea. My LFS didnt really know so I took about an hour to remove all of it in the tank and so far so good. None has appeared again. I guess well see! My camera is broke and I'm hoping to get another soon to post so some pix my tanks.
Although I'm slow, I'm no snail expert, so it could be some mysterious mysterysnail malady.
Since there have been several questions about mystery/apple snails, I did a little research. Apparently they can be an invasive species in some environments. Some states and countries have laws about releasing them into the wild, so be careful.
No, I'd never release them. The old sample of the "algea" that I kept to show my LFS was destoyed in a chemical lab (oh the perks of working in labs!). I would never take that chance. I have not been able to find a pic of this stuff anywhere. I'm making my way to Richmond on Saturday with the last sample I have along with some pix on my phone. Maybe they can give some insight.
My wild guess is hair algae. Have you read about pythons being released in the Florida swamps? There's a big effort to remove them.
I don't know what the blobs are, but if they start to make more blobs, you may need to get rid of them and the snails. Plants and animals taken from the wild often contain parasites or diseases for which aquarium residents have no defense. The same can happen in natural waters when aquarium plants or animals are released into the wild. Exotic species like that can ruin natural habitats.
Your snail is laying eggs. The white spots are babies
That would be my guess too. Snails are not fussy about where they lay eggs. I have a big Faunus snail, which spends much time doing nothing. Nerites have laid eggs on the shell.
Many of the small pond snails will lay eggs on any surface they can find, including other snails.