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The highlight of my day yesterday was adding 10 trapdoor snails to my garden pond, and I've been counting down the days until I can make it out to the bigger water garden store to get my plants for the summer.

My wife says I have a problem, I just tell her I have a hobby, and it's no problem for me. :)
 
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Sad to hear that. No koi here, and I hope that my 4"-5" shubs will leave them be for a while. I need some help with algae control, even if it's marginal. Plus, they just look cool.
 

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mine looked cool but they became dinner :(They were even having babies
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i I put 5 in about two weeks ago
I found 2 babies so far
 
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Every some that I place I the bog just get eaten. Ones in the bog survive.

I guess the darters and dojo loaches are merciless.
 
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My last pond the raccoons thought my trap door snails were popcorn! They were a tasty treat. I would find broken snail shells all the time on the flat rocks on the pond edge where the raccoons cracked them open!
 

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Mine seem to only come out at night. Is that common?
 
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Just saw a bunch of dead shells in the skimmer... and a 6" dojo loach lounging there.
 

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My last pond the raccoons thought my trap door snails were popcorn! They were a tasty treat. I would find broken snail shells all the time on the flat rocks on the pond edge where the raccoons cracked them open!
We have raccoons, but have never seen any indication that they have been near the pond. Never find a pile of cracked snail shells.
 
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I put 10 in to get started, and they seem to spend most of their time on the bottom. I've only seen a couple since. One was on top of my DIY bucket filter, and it was nice to see the little algae free trail he left behind. Do work young man, do work.

On another note, the little baby turtle we put in on Sunday hasn't been seen since. I'm not sure if he's hiding, or if he made a run for it.
 

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I see their trails all of the time, I crack the whip, tell them to get their shells moving.
 
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i have some brown on my liner, is that alge that the td snails will eat or is that something else
 

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They seem to munch on anything in their way, I see them on the sides and bottom of the ponds. If I do net the bottom it takes me a lot of time sorting out the snails, the babies are so tiny!
 
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