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tf1265 10-29-2011 10:06 PM

Ugh! The snails!
 
I bought a plant that shipped with a tiny snail on it. I didn't think much of it except, "cool, another snail" at the time. I have a large tiger nirite snail in the tank anyway.

Little did a know that the tiny little snail would soon turn into 2, then 4, and last I counted 11. So now I have 11 tiny little snails creeping around.

I don't mind a whole lot, except that I have a 10 gallon tank. At this rate, it won't take long before they've overtaken it, right?

I've read some tips on how to get rid of them (vegetables in the tank overnight=snail magnet), but my question is....what do I do with them then?

I feel kind of bad just flushing them or squashing them. Should I feel bad? I would feel bad killing my nirite snail (in fact I did kill a mystery snail by accident once, and I felt awful).

Thoughts?

Boredomb 10-29-2011 10:25 PM

My thoughts is that any snail is a good snail. Some have very good attributes. Like MTS burrow through your substrate keeping it aerated and breaking down matter that the bacteria can then easily use. Bladder/pond snails will also help with this but they never burrow into the substrate. They will keep your tank clean though in ways you can not. Don't over feed and the population won't get any bigger then what food source is there for then already. I really don't know what to tell you to do with them as most people usually kill them in some way. I could never do such a thing unless they are for a food source like my Dwarf puffers but I don't kill them per say I just stick them in the tank and they do the rest. Depending on what type they are there are lots of people who want them in their tanks especially the MTS so you could sell them or give them away. Just a thought.

Jayy 10-29-2011 10:25 PM

The samething happend to me. They're a little help to me, they eat a bit of algae and so on.They're also fun to watch. I killed some of the bigger ones and let the small ones stay. Today I killed a bunch by mistake, I boiled my dwiftwood oops :/


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