11-01-2009, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by molliefan09
yeah....i was thinking about moving him from the 1.5 to the 5 sooner then later but i wanted to get some plants and driftwood and somemore gravel.....which i did today and as soon as i can make sure im not going to have a snail epidemic i will move hime (what shouldi do incase of snails?!?)
Snails are not a problem, another natural part of the aquarium, provided they don't over-reproduce. And that means there is too much food for them.
The Malaysian livebearer is considered by many aquarists to be a help, as it will work through the substrate keeping it aerated, cleaner, good for bacteria, etc, etc. Bladder snails or pond snails eat algae. None of the aforementioned will eat live plants, so that is not a concern.
If you have more than you want, use the lettuce or cucumber bait method and pick them out. In a larger tank there are some loaches that will eat snails (and they do) but I do not recommend buying any particular fish only for snail control. If they are that many, the tank maintenance needs improving.