06-20-2011, 01:36 AM
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I understand where you are coming from with the anti-snail phobia thing. I LOVE my fish! But I will not net them (unless dead), and will scream on the top of my lungs if one touches me (and every time I stick my hands in my 29g to adjust plants or clean, the same albino cory like to headbutt my arm....and when in my 15g my betta likes to rub on my arm like a cat!!)...if I ever have to move a fish out of a tank and it cant be done with a sterile cup, I call my best friend (who is a fellow aquarist) and have her do it for me. I dont, I just cant stand to touch them... same goes for my snails.
And I have a lot of snails! In my 29g I have a VERY large mystery snail (I will attach photo), I have somewhere between 4 & 6+ pond snails (had more, but had my friend grab two and put them in my smaller tank), I have one ramshorn that is Mr.Personality!!! And I have a dozen MTS that I cant wait to have reproduce and give me many many more!!!
My MTS keep my sand substrate taken care of, and I never see them except maybe once a week I might notice one of two on the glass if I have the light on later in the night than usual.
I use to not want snails and thought they were bad, only because I had never had any, hadnt done any research, and once I decided to get my mystery snail, "Speedy", I love watching snails!!! Even my little pouch snails are fun to watch...not touch though!!! LOL
And smaller loaches dont eat snails that I know of... I have black kuhli loaches, and there is like 3 pouch snails in their tank, and they dont bother them at all.
Just thought I would drop my experience in the mix. :)