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I was tying my Java Ferns to a small piece of rock and I noticed a small snail about 1/8" diameter on one of the leaves. I pulled him off and got rid of him. Now last night i saw another one crawling up my tank and i got rid of him also. I am almost positive they had to come from my live plants when i bought them. I DO NOT WANT SNAILS IN MY TANK!. Also, i want to make sure they are not harmful to my fish and that they will not take over my tank. I have only seen 2 and got rid of both. They are small and very dark brown. Is this something i need to worry about? I dont think its a problem now but i want to know if i need to act now or be proactive in any way
 

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They can't hurt fish either. I actually adore my snails, and since I'm very careful with how much I feed I only have small population that can survive. They help clean excess algae and decaying plants.

If you don't like them you can just toss them as you see them (or put them in jars on your windowsill....), as many of the 'anti-snail' chemicals can be fatal to fish/plants at worst, and questionable at best.
 

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Snails are the aquarist's friends. Especially the small ones like Malaysian Livebearing or the bladder or pond snail you probably have. All of these can get into spaces no fish (or you) will, eating any and all organic matter, breaking it down faster so the bacteria can deal with it.

Here are photos of the ones mentioned, and another. Top left, 4 Malaysian LB, top right, pond/bladder snail, lower the ramshorn snail.
 

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I've also heard of people using them to gauge if they're overfeeding (a bit of a late warning, but hey)...if you have a ton, you're feeding too much/not good enough tank maintenance.
 

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They arw handy in measuring over feeding. plus MTS are handy as sand or soil aerators too. And algae eaters and they're cute. i love my snails, even the pests
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I added two kinds of snails, tiger and trumpets, and managed to get some pond snails on some plants. I had a fungus start on a piece of driftwood and they cleaned it up nice and spotless in short order. No over populations. I wouldn't be without them. I don't vacuum anymore and I am sure that the snails are playing a large part in me not having to as there is very little crap on the bottom ever now... I also have sand so I would see it. I couldn't do that with gravel.

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sounds like i have nothing to worry about then. I looked at pond snails online and im 99% sure thats what they are, Only found 2. Havent seen any in a couple days but now i kinda wish i wouldnt have taken those 2 out lol. One was almost at the top of my tank where the lid is. If this happens again i'll just pick him up and drop him to the bottom.
 

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Snails are the aquarist's friends. Especially the small ones like Malaysian Livebearing or the bladder or pond snail you probably have. All of these can get into spaces no fish (or you) will, eating any and all organic matter, breaking it down faster so the bacteria can deal with it.

Here are photos of the ones mentioned, and another. Top left, 4 Malaysian LB, top right, pond/bladder snail, lower the ramshorn snail.
this was helpful in identifying the type of snail outbreak i have. they are the rams horn snail and i have no clue where they came from but they are cool. i keep seeing little ones. they dont get big but i think i keep finding eggs on my glass. i love me some snails. they are fun to watch!
 
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