07-22-2011, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I have never had either my dwarf loach or banded dwarf loach even look at snails, much less eat one.
And there are hundreds of Malaysian Livebearing and Pond snails in their tank.
I'd be interested to know what you consider as a "problem" with pond snails. If they are really too many, then you are overfeeding or the tank is not biologically balanced. If they are just "there," consider them a real friend.
Snails have a very useful role in a healthy aquarium. Not only can they get into places no fish or the aquarist can to deal with organic matter, they do eat some algae, but perhaps most importantly they break down organics into minuscule sizes that the bacteria can much more easily handle. Unless they are totally out of control [and again, that is a fault of the aquarist], a good snail population is a blessing in any aquarium.
The problem is not that there are to many snails, it is that they are eating my live plants!