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I think some people hate snails because they multiply really fast or at least pest snail do I personally love mystery snails however I do not like assassin snails because I feel like they messed up the dynamic for the invertebrates in the tank they kill all of the snail s smaller than them I like the pest snails because they help to clean up the aquarium and eat extra detritus and algae

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I like assassin snails because they help keep the population down a little.
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I like snails,, in fact i just ordered like 20 snails from another member for my big tank.
snails do a lot of good... even "pest" snails. most explosions of snails are caused by
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I like snails,, in fact i just ordered like 20 snails from another member for my big tank.
snails do a lot of good... even "pest" snails. most explosions of snails are caused by
overfeeding
Sometimes having too much algae or too much decaying plants can cause explosions.
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Sometimes having too much algae or too much decaying plants can cause explosions.
Which is essentially overfeeding since that is their food source.
The only pest snails to me are the ones that eat the living plants not just the decaying matter.
I think snails are an important part of a healthy tank ecosystem. I have them in all of my tanks.
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I have pond snails. I don't mind them, they eat mulm and algae.

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Which is essentially overfeeding since that is their food source.
The only pest snails to me are the ones that eat the living plants not just the decaying matter.
I think snails are an important part of a healthy tank ecosystem. I have them in all of my tanks.
Many of us can't help the control of algae. Why are snails essential and what important part do they play?

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I have pond snails. I don't mind them, they eat mulm and algae.
I think those are on my least favorite list. They maneuver way too fast, edit: I was thinking about bladder snails. Pond snails are them big bladder snail shaped.

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I like snails, save for the ones that munch live plants. I think most people who dislike them, in my experience, either just don't like the way they look and/or are maybe a little creeped out by them, or are miseducated on what kinds of things they eat and think they'll munch all their plants. Truth is, if your snails are eating all your plants, your plants probably weren't very healthy in the first place. I agree that they're part of a healthy tank ecosystem. I also think they're super cute and interesting, I love watching them bumble around :P
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I guess we dont. Lol
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Snails killed my family and burned my village to the ground when I was a young boy. I vowed then and there to kill every snail I encounter as revenge for stealing my youth and innocence. I even have snail heads on tiny spears around my tanks as a warning not to come near...

JK. I quite like my Malaysian trumpets, but I can't stand the little bladder snails. Maybe it's partly psychological because they hitchhiked in on some plants and I didn't choose to keep them... Also, right afterwards I started to notice little chews on the edges of my Vals. I hear they don't eat plants so it's either a coincidence that something else started nibbling around the same time, or mine do indeed nibble. I haven't caught any in the act yet so who knows? Other reasons I don't care for them: They like to climb up val leaves and the larger ones bend the leaves over when they get near the top and sometimes the leaf gets hung up/ stuck to other plants and I have to manually free it so it can wave around in the current again. Something I never had to do before having them. Also these dirty little buggers love to go above my water line and poo on dry glass. One more thing to clean. I know these are small annoyances, but I enjoyed not having them.
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I love snails. I keep ornamental and feed most pond/bladder/ramshorn snails to my puffers. The only snails I wouldn't keep are the ones who will feed on live plants.

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