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Ramshorn snails and algae.

Just had my first snail invasion in one of my nano tanks. I had always despised snails in all of the 10+ yrs of my aqua-hobby. But WOW there is not an ounce of algae in that particular tank of mine! NOT A SINGLE trace of it. The glass on that tank look as if I had just been purchased it yesterday! No way I can even scrub it that clean with my hands!!

I think I don't mind so much these snails now...at least ramshorn snails. No more scrubbing the glass walls on this tank. I'm now considering whether I should introduce these snails to some of my other tanks.....anyone with thoughts on this?

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I keep them in all of my tanks. Ramshorn for algae control and MTS to keep the substrate mixed.
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I've really liked my ramshorn population. I've even noticed a lot of variance in shell patters and body color. They have exploded a little bit as of late, but that can be controlled by putting in their favorite food and pulling a few out.
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They have exploded a little bit as of late, but that can be controlled by putting in their favorite food and pulling a few out.
I'm starting to think that extracting out some snails periodically is a much easier task than dealing with recurrent algae bloooms.

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Yeah because you can get the snails to congregate on some food, but you can't get the algae to congregate to a designated spot
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I won't have a planted tank without them. I have a Blue strain in my 40B and a Red/Gold in my other two tanks.

I had to cull a lot of browns from the reds. Funny, when you try to breed for color they never seem to over populate.
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I wouldn't have a tank with out them. Got mine as hitchhikers on some plants and after that i was sold. I now have just about every color in my tanks. Plus my Dwarf Puffer loves the smaller ones.
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