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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Baby snail appeared in my tank what should i do

theres a very small snail in my tank will it be harmful to a crs tank that will later become a breeder tank? please help!!!!!!
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it wont be harmful just ugly when they slime all over the tank~ smash it when it's small you never know one day you want to buy an exterminator to kill the population, while harming your shrimps as wellz~~
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Snails wont kill your shrimp but a booming population is a sign of overfeeding. Crushing snails can be a good snack for your shrimp, just don't do it too much or you'll cause a chemical spike.
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Sorry, at this point your only option is to empty the tank, soak it in gasoline, and light it on fire. Explosives are another alternative.
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Sorry, at this point your only option is to empty the tank, soak it in gasoline, and light it on fire. Explosives are another alternative.
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Sorry, at this point your only option is to empty the tank, soak it in gasoline, and light it on fire. Explosives are another alternative.
Be sure to use pure bleach to soak it in when you're done, just to make sure it's nice and clean.

On a serious note just take it out.


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It really depends on whether or not you're fine with snails in your tank.

I'm planning a CRS breeding tank too, and I'm going to implement snails in it. Trust me when I say that snails won't harm shrimp unless it's an assassin snail (which it probably isn't in your case).

quote from "acitydweller" from my thread ShrimpZoo's 30gal CRS/CBS/Golden Breeding Tank

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"MTS and ramshorns are staples for many shrimpkeepers as they work on algae which shrimp have no appetite for. The strong dislike for them stems from owners overfeeding their tanks which encourage their populations to increase exponentially. snails are also great for helping the tank cycle as well as tell whether there is enough calcium available in the tank. Sort of like a canary in a mine shaft."

just showing a positive side to having snails in your tank lol. But if you don't like it just take it out or smoosh it. I have MTS in my tank just for the sake of having it mix the substrate around. You could also consider snails as a back-up cleaning crew for any food the shrimp miss.
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Lol man those pond snails did bother me when they are racing up and down blocking the beautiful view of my tanks

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I find pond snails pretty, they come in different colours (I have some golden, black, and various other colour). And they come free of charge ;-)

They help to get rid of leftover food, not a bad thing.
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I don't like snails. They're all slimy and ugly. I got rid of my snails by netting out all I could find and throwing them away
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If you want to have less problems with shrimp keeping then you ought to have some snails in the tank. When a snail moves around on the glass, rocks or driftwood, it leaves some slime behind. Microscopic bacteria starts to grow on that slime which is then consumed by baby shrimp. So yeah, snails are VERY beneficial to a tank.
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I'm not sure why people freak out over snails beyond the original hype of them being unsightly. Reality, as others have mentioned, is that they're part of a healthy tank.

Pond Snails, Bladder Snails, Ramshorns, Nerites, et al all clean up waste and that's important.

The bit about leaving a slime trail while under water is probably more beneficial for snails than shrimp, honestly. Detritus and microorganisms for the most part are eaten by snails once they go back over the trail they left behind.

My vote: leave the snails.
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im going to leave the snail to eat the small amout of algea in my tank is this a good method of algea romoval or should i just clean it myself
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im going to leave the snail to eat the small amout of algea in my tank is this a good method of algea romoval or should i just clean it myself
It depends on what kind of algae and what kind of snail. Can you post a pic of both?

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