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post #11 of 20 Old 02-28-2015, 08:18 AM
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I have recently embarked on a daily routine of scooping up them Nerite baby snails in my Platy tank. Hope that will help keep them snails to a minimum.
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post #12 of 20 Old 03-02-2015, 10:50 AM
You have Nerite snails breeding in your tank? How much salt do you have in it?

And my mystery snail, specifically my large blue one, ambushes them. When I have them in there, the snail seems to know when I am going to get up and turn the light on. He will sit at the entrance to one of the hiding spots, and will literally jump down onto the shrimp when I turn the light on and they scatter. I don't know if he catches any then, but it is amusing. But when the snail is up in the powerhead, and a shrimp is cleaning it, he will slowly creep up behind him, kind of lean back, and inch forward, and then drop right on the shrimp. I have seen him grab it and eat it.
He also eats worms.
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post #13 of 20 Old 03-03-2015, 01:55 AM
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You have Nerite snails breeding in your tank? How much salt do you have in it?
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I don't add salt in my tank. I had two adult Nerite Horned Snails, then it resulted in a nightmare for me. I had bought them to eat up the algae on the glass, and they did a good job.
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post #14 of 20 Old 03-03-2015, 11:11 AM
Probly not something most would consider as an intentional fix, but I caught a turtle in a local pond, a striped mud turtle to be exact. He apparently has a vendetta against snails. I have a planted tank, so I put in bout twenty MTS snails. Moment they started moving, he swam over and started biting and cherishing them all!! Has done this with every type of snail I have tried. Only kind I can use are snails too big to fit in his mouth!
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post #15 of 20 Old 03-03-2015, 12:43 PM
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post #16 of 20 Old 03-03-2015, 12:45 PM
Odd snail solution

He's even eaten an assassin snail!
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post #17 of 20 Old 03-03-2015, 11:47 PM
Horned merits snails cannot breed in freshwater. They require brackish water for the snails to successfully hatch. They will lay eggs regardless.
Also, the horned nerite snail will not overpopulate a tank. They are voracious eaters and will quickly clean your tank and the weakest cannot survive.
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Probly not something most would consider as an intentional fix, but I caught a turtle in a local pond, a striped mud turtle to be exact. He apparently has a vendetta against snails. I have a planted tank, so I put in bout twenty MTS snails. Moment they started moving, he swam over and started biting and cherishing them all!! Has done this with every type of snail I have tried. Only kind I can use are snails too big to fit in his mouth!
Ah! Thanks for the tip. I may get a terrapin turtle next time.
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post #19 of 20 Old 03-04-2015, 07:23 AM
Welcome! Don't know if all turtles do that though. Had an alligator snapping that I had caught, yes, it was an alligator snapper not some other turtle. And he left all the snails alone. Haha that was about the only thing he didn't completely destroy or eat. That thing was a monster.
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Horned merits snails cannot breed in freshwater. They require brackish water for the snails to successfully hatch. They will lay eggs regardless.
Also, the horned nerite snail will not overpopulate a tank. They are voracious eaters and will quickly clean your tank and the weakest cannot survive.
Yes, there was once when my adult horned nerites got seriously malnutritioned and starved to death after cleaning up all the algae on the walls. I'd say for a smallist tank, one horned nerite is good enough.
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