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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2014, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Tell me everything about snails.

So I am still cycling my tank, waiting for nitrites to go down. Today I found a tiny snail crawling on one of my plants. Smaller than a grain of rice, totally black.

Part of me was a little excited simply because this is the first time I've had a living thing in a tank other than plants and it was cool to look into my tank and see some life... but I killed it anyway since I have heard that their populations easily get out of control. RIP in peace Larry the Snail, 2014-2014. For some reason I feel bad for killing it haha. I almost left it but it will be easier to buy snails in the future than get rid of an infestation if I don't want them.

I guess I will just be on the lookout for the next few days. Interesting that it is living in a tank with nitrites off the chart.
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Paraphrasing, "I was so excited to see life in my tank. I even named him Larry the snail...then I killed him." That made me laugh out loud!
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Had red ramshorns a long time ago. Eggs everywhere. Really neat to watch them develop.
After I had a mess, they became goldfish snacks for the goldfish in the next tank over. Num, num.

I'll be getting more.
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I've been trying to read up on snails myself recently. On one hand I keep reading they can't handle the acidity in a Co2 injected tank, but then it seems like everyone has them and can't get rid of them.

I do want some snails for their great cleaning ability, but don't want a huge population boom. I know you can keep the population in check by not over feeding but I'm nervous as I've never dealt with them before.
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I've been trying to read up on snails myself recently. On one hand I keep reading they can't handle the acidity in a Co2 injected tank, but then it seems like everyone has them and can't get rid of them.

I do want some snails for their great cleaning ability, but don't want a huge population boom. I know you can keep the population in check by not over feeding but I'm nervous as I've never dealt with them before.
Nerite snails is your answer, they lay eggs but they don't hatch unless in brackish water.

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I prefer assassins and amano shrimp. Nerite snails will leave a trail of white dots everywhere which I personally don't care for, but do a good job on the algae.

The fastest way to success is patience.

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I prefer assassins and amano shrimp. Nerite snails will leave a trail of white dots everywhere which I personally don't care for, but do a good job on the algae.
My assassins killed my amano shrimp. I had to isolate the assassins and they eventually died from a nitrate spike in their bowl.
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My assassins killed my amano shrimp. I had to isolate the assassins and they eventually died from a nitrate spike in their bowl.
Assassins only kill other snails and shrimp/ fish that are already in peril as a rule. They are opportunistic feeders. I literally have shrimp in my tank trying to push assassin's away from brine to steal it from them. You are sadly a very small exception to the rule. A 50% water change weekly will prevent nitrate spikes. "Especially in a bowl."

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