accidental snails

Discussion in 'Inverts' started by nickyc, 17 Jan 2008.

  1. nickyc

    nickyc Member

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    I've got about 3 or 4 different types of snails that have all arrived by accident with plants or fish. I really like them, but my b/f reckons they're bad for the tank. What's the consensus? Do they eat plans or just the dead leaves?
     
  2. johnny70

    johnny70 Member

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    depends on the types of snails. can you post some pics or describe them?

    I have 5/6 types only 1 of which will damage plants

    JOHNNY
     
  3. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Most snails will leave plants alone. If you want to get rid of them and you have the space, a dwarf chain loach would be ideal, although technically you are supposed to keep them in shoals.

    If adding a fish is out, they are best controlled by regulating what you feed the fish. Snails IMHO are typically a sign of over feeding the fish.

    Sam
     
  4. nickyc

    nickyc Member

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    I'll see if I can get pics sorted at the weekend - one kind looks like the ones that are surface surfing in the pics on the thread I was looking at!

    I'm not convinced I've been overfeeding, but there has been quite a bit of algae for them to eat. Don't get me wrong, I do like them and if they are doing no harm then I'll leave them be and just pick a few out every now and then. On the other hand, if they are doing harm to my plants then they go! If I don't fancy a shoal of loaches, would a puffer do the job?

    Cheers,
     
  5. Lisa_Perry75

    Lisa_Perry75 Member

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    Depends what other fish you have in the tank. Only a small few puffers are truly freshwater, so a good place to look is http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/ug. ... b48e43e583

    Puffers are notoriously bad tankmates for other fish, and will tend to chew on your plants a bit too. (They imagine snails on them, they aren't veggies) They also require meaty foods like prawns and mussels, they need a CONSTANT supply of snails. Oh and they need good water quality to keep them healthy. I have a few apple snails and two small plecs (l200 and unidentified)... I never get algae! I have quite a few plants in there mind you, but they seem to do an awesome algae clean-up. I don't seem to have other snails, so maybe they eat other snails???
     
  6. nickyc

    nickyc Member

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    Doh! Can't find the lead to download pics from the camera :mad: Will keep searching. Have started collecting some in the meantime though. It certainly won't hurt to reduce the numbers
     

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