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Snails are they bad or good to have?
Old 02-23-2011, 12:06 PM   #11
 
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I still haven not been able to locate the little bugger since I found him.... As long as things dont get out of hand I mind him being in there. However i have read so many thigns about snails getting out of control...


Is it possible this is the only snail in my tank?

I had dreams about it last night that I woke up and I had snails all over the tank and in my bedroom.....
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:38 PM   #12
 
If I were you I would get rid of him. Before you know it you'll have a snail infestation. If you are looking to put some snails in your aquarium I would recommended nerite snails. There are several kinds to choose from and they can only breed in saltwater so they are perfect for freshwater aquariums.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:54 PM   #13
 
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If I were you I would get rid of him. Before you know it you'll have a snail infestation. If you are looking to put some snails in your aquarium I would recommended nerite snails. There are several kinds to choose from and they can only breed in saltwater so they are perfect for freshwater aquariums.

Im not particularly interested in snails. but if all of you really think this is going to get out of control then I need to find a way to locate him...
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:01 PM   #14
 
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I still haven not been able to locate the little bugger since I found him.... As long as things dont get out of hand I mind him being in there. However i have read so many thigns about snails getting out of control...


Is it possible this is the only snail in my tank?

I had dreams about it last night that I woke up and I had snails all over the tank and in my bedroom.....
You were just worried and your subconscious keeps telling you that.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:05 PM   #15
 
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Im not particularly interested in snails. but if all of you really think this is going to get out of control then I need to find a way to locate him...
I cannot understand the fear over snails that so many write about. I have dozens of these (bladder snails) in my tanks, and hundreds of Malaysian livebearing snails. I consider them a gift from nature, and I am glad they are there.

Snails eat stuff that nothing else, including your filter, can handle, and prevent biological issues. They also eat algae, though minimally. These types do not eat plants. They are an important part of a natural ecosystem.

Be thankful; your aquarium is the better for having them.

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:05 PM   #16
 
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Only if something eats them on a regular basis to keep them in check. In tanks with no predation they alone will soon overload the biological filtration. They are fully capable of deriving nutrition from fish waste so cutting back food will only make a dent, not eliminate them. I've seen bladder snails overpopulate some of my tanks before. Thankfully I have an army of raphael cats and some puffer fish to help me out.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:14 PM   #17
 
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Only if something eats them on a regular basis to keep them in check. In tanks with no predation they alone will soon overload the biological filtration. They are fully capable of deriving nutrition from fish waste so cutting back food will only make a dent, not eliminate them. I've seen bladder snails overpopulate some of my tanks before. Thankfully I have an army of raphael cats and some puffer fish to help me out.
While it may be impossible to ever rid a tank of an overpopulation of snails. it's very easy to keep a population under control. When you notice you have more snails than you want, use a piece of lettuce or celery to remove a large quantity of them.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:29 PM   #18
 
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I cannot understand the fear over snails that so many write about. I have dozens of these (bladder snails) in my tanks, and hundreds of Malaysian livebearing snails. I consider them a gift from nature, and I am glad they are there.

Snails eat stuff that nothing else, including your filter, can handle, and prevent biological issues. They also eat algae, though minimally. These types do not eat plants. They are an important part of a natural ecosystem.

Be thankful; your aquarium is the better for having them.

Byron.


Thanks byron!

I love your posts! So informative! you need to start charging us!

I had visions of wall to wall covered in snails!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:31 PM   #19
 
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While it may be impossible to ever rid a tank of an overpopulation of snails. it's very easy to keep a population under control. When you notice you have more snails than you want, use a piece of lettuce or celery to remove a large quantity of them.

Awesome thanks for the tip!



I never kept live plants in my previous 55g I had never had to deal with snails before. I started reading online and the things people say I was starting to think my tank would be crawling with 1000's of them in a matter of days.
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