Snails with Crystal Red shrimps?

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I am setting up a new tank to house some Crystal Red Caridina shrimps and am wondering about snails to control algae. The shrimps need soft water at a lowish pH, are there any snails who would do ok in the same conditions? I have nerites and ramshorns in with my Neos but they have much harder water

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Hi all,
I have nerites and ramshorns in with my Neos but they have much harder water
Red Ramshorn (Planorbella duryi) and Tadpole Snails (Physella acuta) survive in my tanks at about 4dKH (and are self sustaining populations), but they never grow very big.

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Hi all,
Do the ramshorns breed any slower in your water?
I think they probably do. I used to have a lot more (and bigger) when I was feeding vegetables to the shrimps etc and the water was a bit harder. I seem to have a lot of Tadpole Snails, but I don't know if that is because they have slightly different food sources to the Ramshorns.

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Thank God for that! I had one tank get completely overrun by them at one point, I want to avoid that if at all possible.

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