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Plants came with Snails!
Old 01-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #11
 
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Let them roam freely in the tank. Snails are incredible helpers at breaking down organics into miniscule bits that the bacteia can then more easily deal with. And snails get into every nook and cranny doing this. Plus they do eat algae from plant leaves, minimally, but they help.

Photos below are of the Malaysian Livebearing (or Trumpet) snail (group on the glass), common pond snail, and ramshorn snail (shell circular like the horn of a ram). The colour and patterning can vary, but the shell shape is distinctinve for all three.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:49 PM   #12
 
I think I got some of each... hopefully they will do their job, I knew buying plants from my LFS would introduce a snail or two into my aquarium... I'm surprised at the outcome.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:05 PM   #13
 
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I was pissed at first when I found snails in my tank but I've grown to love them! I too got some pond snails and ramshorn snails with a plant purchase. I want to get some MTS though to help with the substrate
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
 
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I was pissed at first when I found snails in my tank but I've grown to love them! I too got some pond snails and ramshorn snails with a plant purchase. I want to get some MTS though to help with the substrate
Next time you're at the LFS, spend some time looking carefully at the substrate of each tank. I did this every time I visited a store until I found a tank with a good number of them. The clerk was all too happy to bag up a ten count and send me on my way!
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #15
 
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Let them roam freely in the tank. Snails are incredible helpers at breaking down organics into miniscule bits that the bacteia can then more easily deal with. And snails get into every nook and cranny doing this. Plus they do eat algae from plant leaves, minimally, but they help.
How do they affect the bioload of the tank?
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:47 AM   #16
 
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How do they affect the bioload of the tank?
I believe their impact on bioload is fairly insignificant. If you don't overfeed, the snails' numbers should be kept in check. What else do you have in your tank?
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:54 PM   #17
 
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I believe their impact on bioload is fairly insignificant. If you don't overfeed, the snails' numbers should be kept in check. What else do you have in your tank?
Currently 6 Amano Shrimp, which do a KILLER job of cleaning up left overs (highly entertaining), and 9 WCMM, which will be moved to a buddies tank in Feb when i get 5 or 6 guppies
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:54 AM   #18
 
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Currently 6 Amano Shrimp, which do a KILLER job of cleaning up left overs (highly entertaining), and 9 WCMM, which will be moved to a buddies tank in Feb when i get 5 or 6 guppies
The snails shouldn't be too worrisome for you in terms of bioload. AqAdvisor is an interesting tool to provide guidelines for stocking an aquarium. There is some debate about its accuracy. Many people feel it's a bit too conservative with respect to filtration capacity, meaning that you can generally stock a bit more than it recommends. Nonetheless, it's worth looking at. I ran it for your situation so you could take a look:

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As you'll see, I went on the assumption of an HOB filter rated to 10gal. Not sure what you're actually using, but if it's in that ballpark AqAdvisor is concerned about filtration capacity whether you're stocking the 9WCMM or the 6 Guppies with the Amano Shrimp. It does offer some good advice with respect to male:female ratio for the Guppies. I'd ask around on the forum here to see what people think about stocking that combo in your tank. This could well be an example where AqAdvisor is erring on the side of caution and I don't know enough to advise you one way or another.
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Certainly an interesting tool, I'll have a play with it!
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Certainly an interesting tool, I'll have a play with it!
It is interesting and it does offer some good advice, but it's not the final word by any stretch. It doesn't think I have the filtration capacity for my stocking plan, but no one on this forum seemed to think it would be the least bit problematic. I'll continue to use it as a starting point for stocking theories, but I'm far more inclined to actually heed the advice of the experienced aquarists here!

Do you have new pics of your invert infiltrators?
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