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aunt kymmie 07-25-2008 02:40 PM

Stocking a new tank w/ snails....
Hi Y'all- need your opinions on stocking a new tank (100Gal) with snails. I'll be having cories and/or loaches. I already have 1 pictus, soon to be 3, tomorrow! I have a sand substrate. I read that snails help keep the sand *stirred*, thereby avoiding the dreaded gas pockets. Of course, I will also stir the sand around during weekly water changes. Is adding a few snails overkill?? I think snails are so cool but don't want to overstock....

beweeb 07-25-2008 03:10 PM

correct me if im wrong but i think its only Malaysian trumpet snails that stir the sand
i personally like snails some people see them as pests :dunno:
snails dont have much of a bioload

Little-Fizz 07-25-2008 03:49 PM

Beweebs right.

I like snails, but not the ones that eat my plants :evil:

aunt kymmie 07-25-2008 04:34 PM

After I posted I realized how much I HATE snails in my garden (they eat EVERYTHING that's green) and this tank I'm doing will be planted. I assume Malaysian snails eat food debris AND plants. If they have enough food debris will they leave the plants alone??

Little-Fizz 07-25-2008 04:51 PM

They don't tend to eat plants, they prefer dead over alive plants. I imagine only if it was starving it might eat your plants.

beweeb 07-25-2008 07:51 PM

here this gives some info on trumpet snails,%20S...%20Trumpet.htm

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