Strange Baby Fish Born in Tank--Not Sure What to Do Now...


New member
Apr 8, 2020
I have a freshwater 20 gallon tank with mostly snails and two gourami fish. Earlier today I noticed a tiny silver thing (about the size of a grain of rice) seemingly swimming around. On closer investigation I saw that the small thing had a tail and fins, eyes, and a shell. Is it possible that my gourami and one of the larger snails did what animals do (mated)? I am utterly perplexed. Thoughts?


Jul 23, 2017
Fish and snails can't do that. They are in totally different taxa on the tree of life.

Do you have any pictures?


Crazy fish lady
Dec 7, 2019
A picture would help. Are you sure it has a shell?

It could be a small crustacean (maybe seed shrimp or daphnia or something) that managed to make its way into the tank.

If it doesn’t have a shell then there is a possibility it could be baby gourami that managed to escape from its parents and not get eaten.

What kind of gouramis do you have?

Whatever this creature is, I would definitely separate it. If it’s some type of unwanted crustacean, then you will want to move it, and if it’s a baby gourami then you will want to take it out before it’s parents eat it.

You can put it in a large bowl or container or something with a cycled sponge filter and it should be fine.