01-03-2013, 05:08 PM
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Snails are indeed beneficial to your aquarium, they keep your substrate clean and aerated, the problem occurs when you have an infestation, an earlier post suggested that the number of snails depend on the size of tank, this is not the case,(depending on the species) it does not take long before there are many hundred in your tank.
Even though chemical treatments are available, I tend to place fish that will eat snails into this tank to clear the bulk of the infestation, I would rather feed a fish with natural food than feed it chemicals.
Originally Posted by Granberry
Well, Byron, you have changed my perspective on lots of fishkeeping issues; snails can be another one. For me, snails represent a pest like a cockroach or a rat or something...a sign of squalor in the tank. But if you tell me that's not the way it is, I believe you, and my snail popping days will be through. :)