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Cody 02-05-2008 02:16 PM

Snails from my Driftwood
I recently accquired driftwood not very long ago for my new tank (still cycling). I found that it came with 6 small snails that are now crusing all over my tank. Should I keep these guys in the tank or should I take them out? I'm going to my LFS today to buy 2 more pieces and maybe some plants.

Amphitrite 02-05-2008 02:23 PM

What sort of snails are they? Snail populations can get way out of control, and I'd suggest removing as many as possible, especially if they're ramshorn snails - they'll make a real mess of your new plants.

crazy4fish 02-05-2008 02:23 PM

i would just keep them they wouldnt hurt your tank any. and once you start to get fish in the tank they will become nice little snacks :wink: what kind of fish are you getting anyway?

Cody 02-05-2008 02:27 PM

I think they might be ramshorns. So I should remove them?

I was also thinking about keeping them, and feeding them to my fish when the cycle is done (I plan on getting Tiger Barbs, a RTBS maybe, a BN pleco, and maybe cories). No 100% plans on fish yet.

Amphitrite 02-05-2008 03:01 PM

Personally I would remove them Cody. As I said, they multiply rapidly, will destroy your plants and I'm not sure that the fish you're planning on would eat them.

crazy4fish 02-05-2008 03:31 PM

would the barbs eat them? if you decide to keep them as snacks and your fish dont eat them then all you have to do is purchase a loach and within a week you will be snail free! after that you can return the loach to your lfs if you want. :wink:

Cody 02-05-2008 04:37 PM

Ok, I returned from my LFS about 30min ago with 2 new pieces of driftwood and 2 plants. I took all of the baby snails I saw on the 2 new pieces and disposed them. I have also taken out most of the snails in my tank. There is probably 1-5 left.

I will add my plants when I am sure all of them are gone.

crazy4fish 02-05-2008 07:02 PM

this may sound like a dumb question :oops: but what will they do to the plants? :?

Cody 02-05-2008 07:04 PM

They will eat the plants and some other things.

I think I have now gotten every snail out of my tank. I added my plants about 1hr 30min - 2hrs ago, and so far so good.

crazy4fish 02-05-2008 07:06 PM

what kind of fish are you planning on getting?

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