05-18-2010, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by redchigh
All snails poop quite a bit for their size, but even so it's definately worth it.
From what I know (which is limited, I admit) you'd rather have 1mg of snail poop decomposing compared to 10mg of uneaten fish food and plant debri.
I also embrace my snails because my 10 is heavily planted- I'm sure that not every guppy born survives to adulthood, so the snails will also eat any dead fry (in the jungle of hygrophila for example) before they can pollute my tank.
To control their population, just avoid overfeeding. I only feed my fish what they can consume in 2-3 minutes, once every two days.
(Not counting when I feed live mosquito larvae)
A hungry fish is a healthy fish.
Plus, that way any snails that starve will simply be eaten by other snails.
I'm so proud of this forum, no one has reccommended buying a loach to eat the snails. :)
Wanted to add:
I have MTS, Ramshorns, and Pond Snails in all three of my tanks. At first, the pond snails took over- but now, the ramshorns are out-competing them. I hardly see pond snails anymore.
I feed my neon tetras two times a day. I can't remember who but someone recommended I do so, so I do.
I feed my African Dwarf Frogs once a day, a few blood worms a piece then I leave what ever else they don't eat in there and my cories clean it up along with the left over food from the tetras.
Is this to much?
Originally Posted by eileen
If you like snails get some Assassin snails. They are really pretty looking and grow slow. They will only eat other snails not their own kind. You need a male + female to produce egg pods and the baby snails when hatched will say in your gravel or sand bed for 2-3 months before you see them surface very slow growing. The good thing about them is that they do not eat plants at all. If their is no snails to eat they will eat any flake food that has protien in it. I give earthworm sticks, or freezed dryed bloodworms. I bought the earthworm sticks on-line from http://www.kensfish.com
. One really cool thing is that when I moved my 13 or so Assassin snails out of my 55 gal. tank to a holder plastic container while catching all of them I went outside in my tub unfiltered pond and put 5 nice size pond snails in the container with them. I left them in for no more then 20 min.All the insides of the pond snails all 5 were sucked out and all that way left was an empty shell. How cool it that. I think you can get them at Aquatic Warehouse in san Diego for 6 for $12 but if you are not from around here you can get them from http://www.aquabid.com
under invertebrates. The good thing about these snails I love so much is they are easy to rehome as everyone has pest snails that they want to trim down with out getting a yo yo loach or other loach or puffer to eat them. They stay small, has little bio-load if any and can be in big tanks or small 2-3 gal nano tanks and are neat to watch make a kill.
That sounds like a good idea but my girlfriend would freak out if she knew the other snails in the tank were being assassinated. Haha.