10-22-2011, 11:52 AM
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Allen, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad to have you with us.
As has been mentioned, snails are an aquarist's friend, and a very good friend at that. I have hundreds of Malaysian Livebearing snails in my tanks, and quite a few pond snails too. Happy to see them; they are getting into spaces I can't and breaking down organics into smaller bits that the bacteria can more easily handle.
It probably doesn't need repeating, but never acquire fish to handle snails unless you have tanks adequate to handle them and you really want them as fish; they usually cause other troubles if not. And chemicals are a definite no. They will affect plants and some fish too.
Last edited by Byron; 10-22-2011 at 11:55 AM..