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0001 09-21-2011 08:54 PM

what kinda snail is this?
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okay i tryed to take a pic of this snail i have its not so great but i figured i'd try to ask, i just came home from a weekend away and i have baby snails every where!!!! i dont know where they came from i am still cycling my tank only thing i can think of is they were in my plants but to show up on the 15th day is werid?! i am getting over run slowly and it worries me, i like the snails but i dont want 400 of them :lol:

Here is the pic of the biggest one, not the best picture but its all i could do

patadams66 09-21-2011 08:55 PM

its the kind that come for free in plants. lol i think they are either pond snails or bladder snails?

0001 09-21-2011 08:57 PM

Lol well i just figured id ask so i know how to take care of them but it seems like they take care of themselves :lol: like i said i just dont wanna end up with 400 of them hahaha

patadams66 09-21-2011 09:01 PM

im pretty sure their population fluctuates depending on what the tank can support, if you have a dirty tank and overfeed there will be tons if its a clean tank and you dont over feed their population stays in check.

0001 09-21-2011 09:03 PM

hmm well is there any fish i can get to help get rid of some of the smaller ones?

patadams66 09-21-2011 09:20 PM

non that i know of. u can vacuum them out or some people just pick them up and squish them :/

Santaclaws 09-21-2011 09:41 PM

You could get a pea puffer but you would have to keep some snails in a jar to feed him once he eats all the snails. Or you could rehome him.

0001 09-21-2011 10:15 PM

been reading some on it, seems like clown loach will be my best bet to keep the snail pop down

patadams66 09-21-2011 10:24 PM

ok but two things you should be aware of.

Clown loaches are very social fish and should not be kept solitary, i think 6-9 are recommended.

they also get BIG and unless you have a 75g tank i wouldnt recommend it.

i think most people advise getting fish to solve a problem (snails, algea, etc)

keep the tank clean, dont over feed, and keep removing them as you see them is what i would suggest.

i have some in my tanks and they have never been a problem.

amazon21 09-21-2011 10:44 PM

If you don't want them to overrun your tank don't feed only once a day, and do water changes. If you follow those two things, your tank will be healthy, and the snails will help you more than they hurt.

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