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daisycutter 05-13-2007 04:53 PM

african tank snail
 
are there any snails that would do well in an african tank ,i have several small porcupine snails wandering about in there at the moment but are there any other good sized snails that would do well and do the jobs a pleco would theres no plants to speak of so anything that eats algea/scavenges would be nice
my shelldwellers use dead apple snail shells as homes would the live ones work as tankmates?

Captain Crab 05-13-2007 06:43 PM

These snails can live with African cichlids. From their name, we’ll guess the Malaysian trumpet snails come from Malaysia. However, most of them appear as if by magic. They come in as hitchhikers on live plants. Most retailers don’t sell them. Even though many of them have them hidden in their gravel.

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daisycutter 05-14-2007 10:57 AM

my favorite shop has them in plauge numbers but wont give me any :sob: i was told there not stock there pests

Lupin 05-14-2007 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by daisycutter
my favorite shop has them in plauge numbers but wont give me any :sob: i was told there not stock there pests

What is the reason why they don't want to when they said MTS are pests?:question: As for being pests, I admit hating them for their ability to reproduce quite quickly and difficulty to remove but they have lots of benefits. They are known as 'earthworms of the underwater garden' for their ability to dig around the substrate thus preventing anaerobic spots. These snails are found to eat detritus so it's another plus.

daisycutter 05-14-2007 01:20 PM

i think they have 600 tanks and most them contain these snails its not as if im impulse buying i know the risks :smoke: these places have large interconnected filter systems the snails just go with the flow i doubt they will be jumping 3ft across my room to the next tank :crazy:

fish_4_all 05-14-2007 06:36 PM

Tell them that you want them to feed some loaches or something. They don't need to know why you want them. Either that or get some plants and get the snails that way. Anything with a large root mass should have a lot of them hiding in there.

Falina 05-14-2007 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by daisycutter
my favorite shop has them in plauge numbers but wont give me any :sob: i was told there not stock there pests

Funny! I was told a similar thing by my lfs.

My thinking was "Well, if they're a pest why not let me lighten your burden a little by taking some" but nope.


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