12-04-2011, 10:06 AM
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Everything's pretty much already been said, but I'll weigh in...
Snails are good for the plants and the ecosystem of aquariums.. They break down pieces of waste into smaller-sized particles that the bacteria can digest..
I've never seen snails eat healthy plants... (And I've had pond, ramshorn, and MTS.)
If you trim a plant, make sure you use extremely sharp scissors. If you crush a part of the stem, the snails will eat it.. And the wilt on the stem will slowly expand, giving your snails an expensive treat.
I would also be really careful to not overfeed your fish. Snails are a great way to signal whether you are... 2 adult male guppies should not need more than 2-3 flakes a day, and food should be skipped one day a week. Excess food will go to the snails.
I also love assassin snails... They breed extremely slowly- 2-3 will be plenty, and you'll probably only ever have three. Snail treatment is toxic, and may damage your fish...