02-13-2012, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I can't speak about Apple Snails, but I can assure you that Malaysian Trumpet Snails will not eat healthy plants. Nor will pond or bladder snails. But they will devour dying leaves, which brings me to the Vallisneria.
When first acquired, most plants often go through a period of adjustment to different conditions. This often includes losing existing leaves, which will slowly yellow over a period of days to weeks. Snails will naturally feed on these, that is one of their benefits.
Again, I've no data on Apple Snails.
Aside from reading that Apple Snails are plant friendly, my own evidence is entirely anecdotal. My specimen has been housed with a number of delicious plants for about 6 weeks now and this is the first time I've witnessed it feeding on any plant matter that wasn't obviously decaying (e.g., yellowing emersed sword leaf).
I suppose I'll leave the Val alone for now and see how it responds. Its plant brethren all seem to be doing very well, so I have reason to hold out hope for a revival even though at this point it looks like it needs ET's touch.