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MissBec 03-18-2014 01:22 AM

I'm proud mom of snails!! woah!! weird!!
I don't even have fish yet, I had so many problems with my ammonia except for the past weeks it been perfect :) I have had 2 plants in my fish tank for about month and half (with the heater on) , I notice that the glass was bit grumpy today and I was going to give a quick clean and I notice there 5 tiny snail in my tank

How they hell did they survive in my tank? how long will it take them to grow into adult? (with a shell) I wasn't excepting any snails yet. I'm planing to getting Siamese fighting fish, should I wait longer untill they have grow into a adult?

How should I care for the snail?

jimscott 03-18-2014 07:18 AM

This is speculation, but usually, uninvited snails do come in on plants and it may be that they survived less than ideal chemistry conditions as eggs.

SeaHorse 03-18-2014 08:06 AM

Yes agreed! I would hold off on any other form of algae eater, assuming you wish to keep the snails and see what happens with them. Enjoy Mama!

Flear 03-18-2014 08:14 AM

higher pH, more calcium (more is a relative term)
if the shell starts turning white, raise your pH

if you want snails, they'll eat excess food, and their population will reach homeostasis as regular feedings (for your fish) excess food will only support X snail population

if you don't want snails, ... i could laugh, but that's not fair

for small fish to deal with snails:

dwarf puffer fish (about 1")
zebra loach (about 4")
-there are some larger fish that will deal with them too (i try to focus more on smaller fish)

you could also get assassin snails
... sure go from one snail problem to another ...
not really, ... assassin snails while they are snails, they eat other snails (among other things) and reproduce very slowly (like years before it looks like an excessive population)

you could get spixie snails (i know even less about)
spixie snails will also display some cannibalistic tendencies (for keeping their own population in check)

i would never recommend turtles for snail control as they're beyond messy & totally indiscriminate in what they eat/destroy

i have not come across anything else that is reported to manage snails


otherwise stick with regular feedings, don't overfeed, and your snails will keep excess food from going to waste

i have some smaller containers that i totally ignore (not fish tanks) with some snails in them, the snails do fine, i top up water, the snails continue to do their thing, pH is rather high (i'm sure around 8 - as those containers have greenwater (and dark greenwater) can't test reliably as the water is colored to start with, ... or at least i haven't tried to test)

again for snail health, ... just watch their shell, if it starts turning white, the water is too acidic
if you don't want snails, make it more acidic, older shell is fine, but if it starts dissolving through newer shell (closer to the body) the snails won't be able to handle this and will die as well. ... not good as this will foul up the water unless you are paying close attention and removing any and all snails you see ... so those that do die and you have missed for whatever reason don't foul up your water too badly.


many people freak about having snails, (so all the extra info on getting rid of them.

but they are good, if you have malaysian trumpet snails (assassin snails too) these can help turn over the substrate, which is good for substrate health. they also help eat excess food so it doesn't rot & go to waste, ... they're an eye-sore because people don't want them, ... if people would change their mind there's all kinds of snails out there, some are boring, some are rather fascinating to look at, ...

and don't think snails are slow, as i'm sure you've noticed if you see one on the side and can't find it again in the few minutes it took to get a cup of coffee.

MissBec 03-18-2014 11:43 PM

I'm planing to keep the snails I'm just surprised after all this time they hatch but I I wonder how long it will take them to grow into adult they look like organe blobs at the moment I wonder what species they are?
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SeaHorse 03-19-2014 06:39 AM

Very likely Pond snails but once one is big enough, post a pic and we'll try to identify them for you.

MissBec 03-20-2014 06:40 AM

There are still quite small but they seem to be eating at my plant, there tiny little holes every where on the leaves :(

Flear 03-20-2014 11:35 AM

more likely those tiny holes are potassium deficiency & not snails (chances are anyway)

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