Best Algae Eating Snail?

Discussion in 'Inverts' started by AdAndrews, 11 Jun 2009.

  1. AdAndrews

    AdAndrews Member

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    I have a 35litre tank and want to know which are the suitable and most prolific algae eating snails, nerites? i dont want to have loads, only a few and would prefer if they didnt breed and make a mess lol, is there any suitable?
     
  2. aaronnorth

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    nerites are your best bet. excellent for getting stubborn algae of rocks too. :D
     
  3. Superman

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    Yup, nerites are great and don't reproduce in non brackish water, but they will leave white eggs around the place which are a pain to remove.
    There's a large range of different ones too.
     
  4. AdAndrews

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    ok, thanks guys, its coz originally i was thinking about having otto's, but i think snails will suit better.. so i am getting some cherrys off london dragon(20), then if i get about 3 snails(is that enough, too much?) and then i just need to find a nano fish, like max 1inch shoalers, either blue, plain like black neons, or red

    will pretty much any snail do then?
     
  5. Superman

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    Tbh, if you're getting shrimp you might not need a snail. My cherry shrimps have cleaned up everything super quick!
     
  6. a1Matt

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    I'd echo that. Maybe worth leaving the shrimps in place for a week or two and then seeing how things look then.
     
  7. AdAndrews

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    i was just thinking about the glass, do the shrimp eat green spot algae and diatoms(if im lucky i wont have any, but just incase)

    thanks
     
  8. Superman

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    I see the shrimp walking up the glass but they don't clean it as much as the rock.
    Where the pest snails go, it's crystal clear so having a snail could help with that.
     
  9. AdAndrews

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    ok, spose i will see how i go with the shrimp
    do you think 20 shrimp for a 35litre is a bit too much, they will be juvi's
     
  10. rawr

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    It depends what the rest of the stocking is, but they should be fine. If you are referring to Cherry Shrimp, be aware that they will soon breed prolifically.
     
  11. AdAndrews

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    ok, thanks. it is cherrys, but i will figure a way of controlling them, the other possible stocking is:

    2 snails(if needed)
    some small nano sized shoalers, not sure of species- probably max a couple of cm's
     

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