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Old 02-09-2013, 02:28 AM   #1
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Which type of Snails is most beneficial for a shrimp tank?


After researching about many kind of snail, I only have 3 options: Malaysian Trumpet, Assassin, and Nerite Snails.

All my shrimp tank are heavily planted. Shrimps only tank. Shrimps: Tiger, CRS, Yellow, Fire Painted Red Cherry.

I want a type of snails that benefit by eating shrimp waste, dead plants and maybe go after the tiny white worm by digging soil. So what are my choices? Given that Assassin will eat MTS.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:42 AM   #2
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I think the best two choices would be mts and ramshorn snails. Gouramis snack on the little white worms quite readily, if you can rehome shrimp for a while the fish can reduce numbers... Not much kills nematodes without touching something else... I spot treated some worms with h2o2... That's fun.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:02 AM   #3
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I have two large-ish striped nerites in my 2.5G fluval spec with RCS. They keep the tank clear and looking nice, though they like to hog the shrimp's food.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:06 AM   #4
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I like trumpets because you don't really see them during the day, but you get all the benefits of them digging through the substrate and eating waster because they're active at night.
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I've got a metric ton of very small ramshorns and a handful of horned nerites in the 20 with my shrimp. I'd say they're beneficial to the entire tank just because of volume work. I'd rather have a ton of very small snails than just a few large ones. Granted, they'll grow larger over time.
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I like trumpets because you don't really see them during the day, but you get all the benefits of them digging through the substrate and eating waster because they're active at night.
In the case one uses ADA soil, would all the digging prove to be beneficial or detrimental to the shrimp tank?

I used to not like Ramshorn because I don't know how to control their population. Now that I do I love them. They are in all my shrimp tanks
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In the case one uses ADA soil, would all the digging prove to be beneficial or detrimental to the shrimp tank?

I used to not like Ramshorn because I don't know how to control their population. Now that I do I love them. They are in all my shrimp tanks
From what I hear, digging is only useful in gravel and not our typical shrimp substrates.
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Nerites are excellent glass cleaners!
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I heard lately that there is one snail which eats planaria, not able to think of the name but it was also good looking.

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It has been known for assassin snails to eat shrimp when kept together, although probably very rare. I would suggest the nerite snails as they wont breed too quickly ~(not at all in freshwater), they don't harm shrimp and they look rather pleasant.
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I heard lately that there is one snail which eats planaria, not able to think of the name but it was also good looking.

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Asolene spixi is what you're thinking of. Unfortunately they are illegal to ship across state lines here in the states. You may have better luck where you're at

I have MTS, ramshorns, and nerites in all my tanks. Two tanks have buffering substrate one doesn't and my MTS do a good job on all. Ramshorns just breed a bit out of control for my tastes but I just pull a bunch out when they congregate on feeds. I LOVE my nerites...just don't think you can get a better cleaner for the walls of a tank. My rams are better wood cleaners with driftwood and cholla logs, nerites win in the glass cleaning department.
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I heard lately that there is one snail which eats planaria, not able to think of the name but it was also good looking.

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I have heard of Lymnaea stagnalis eating hydra.
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Cool thanks guy for all the information. I think I'll go with Nerite because they're beautiful to look at. I hate ramshorn breed like crazy and leaving eggs on my plants everywhere, what an ugly sight to see.

Also Asolene Spixi and Nerite looks similar can I possibly keep those two together? One to clean glass other to eat planaria.

And yes I hear case of Assassin snail eating shrimp, I won't be keeping them, at least not with my expensive shrimps.
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Good luck finding the spixi snails. I've been looking for over a year. Mordalphus (I think) has commented they don't do much, I've just read about the planaria control on the internet so no real experience. Also, nerites will lay eggs all over the place too, so don't think egg problems are just with ramshorns They don't bother me but they do seem to bother some folks. Fortunately for me the only female nerites I have are in a tank with white sand so they aren't as unsightly. I keep my males in the tanks with my darker substrate.
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Default Re: Which type of Snails is most beneficial for a shrimp tank?

I keep several horned nerites, ramshorn, Malaysian trumpet snail and an assassin snail in one shrimp tank. The assassin hasn't bothered any nerites or shrimp. There are several empty ramshorn and mts shells littered around the tank.
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