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Originally Posted by Chris7 View Post
Manually removing snails is the only safe method. But as mentioned by others, snails are one of your best friends in maintaining a healthy aquarium. I have hundreds in my tanks, and I am glad they are there. They are performing tasks that I could not, no matter what.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Thanks for the advice Byron, I'am just worried they might get out of control. My dad had an aquarium years ago and the snail population exploded and it was never the same. But I've been doing some research and I see what you and other people mean, they can really help your aquarium. I just hope I can keep them under control, I want a fish aquarium, not a snail aquarium. Oh by the way I have a 25 gallon tank. One other thing do they eat live plants?
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As said before, snails are very helpful. The overfeeding bit is kind of a double-edged sword, as the snails will cleanup any leftovers your fish leave, leaving a cleaner aquarium, but might make the snail population explode. But generally their pros outweighs their cons, so I say let the little buggers stay. You'll wont regret it.
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