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Old 03-10-2013, 03:07 AM   #16
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How to get rid of Ramshorn snails?


It was predicted that someone would come here and say this, and I'm here now.

Snails are an awesome part of every ecosystem. I've had the same strain of snails breeding for years on end.

They've never been out of control. I feel snails are an essential marker of how much you feed. Feed too much? Prepare for babies. Too little? Population shrinkage.

The great thing is it only takes a few weeks to grow up and a few months to die.

They keep things neat, and help feed your shrimp.

Quintessential, I'd say. And I know many others who would agree.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:54 AM   #17
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Don't ramhorns kill plants? I don't mind pond snails but was under the impression that ramhorns were distructive
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No rams horns don't eat plants. They will however eat dead plant tissue.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:27 AM   #19
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It was predicted that someone would come here and say this, and I'm here now.

Snails are an awesome part of every ecosystem. I've had the same strain of snails breeding for years on end.

They've never been out of control. I feel snails are an essential marker of how much you feed. Feed too much? Prepare for babies. Too little? Population shrinkage.

The great thing is it only takes a few weeks to grow up and a few months to die.

They keep things neat, and help feed your shrimp.

Quintessential, I'd say. And I know many others who would agree.
How do they help feed your shrimp?
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How do they help feed your shrimp?
Have you ever seen the translucent, faint and small trail the snails leave as they scoot along?

That is a feast for tiny organisms which gather and grow there. In turn, shrimp feed off it.
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Have you ever seen the translucent, faint and small trail the snails leave as they scoot along?

That is a feast for tiny organisms which gather and grow there. In turn, shrimp feed off it.
I assume the same is true of Nerites and mystery snails as well?
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I assume the same is true of Nerites and mystery snails as well?
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So you may as well just use snails that don't breed like rabbits but do all the same positive things, such as a nerite.
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So you may as well just use snails that don't breed like rabbits but do all the same positive things, such as a nerite.
I already touched on that.

They breed based on available food.

If they over reproduce, that is your fault. And it is something you can control; keep it that way or easily fix it.

There is no might as well do this or that. It comes down to preference. I like all snails. I can't keep pond snails alive, but I keep varieties of MTS, Nerites and lots of Ramshorns.

My recommendation to everybody is learn to control the snails you have. You'll eventually fall in love with them and their goofy antics. Ramshorns have unique personalities MTS, Nerites don't have.

I do not keep pets for utility. I keep snails because they please me visually and I know they are happy in their environment.

I'd similarly never recommend an assassin snail just to contain a snail populace. I'd recommend one as a pet, as I think they're neat as heck.

Same with nerites. The root of algae should be addressed ahead of buying a creature to satisfy a problem which will manifest itself in other ways.
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I'm one of those hippy snail lovers too.

Yes, they will reproduce in proportion to the food supply. And if you have to overfeed, for example to make sure fry or whatever gets enough food, then you will have a lot of snails - more than you probably want.

But speaking pragmatically, I believe they're still performing a useful function.

They eat, digest, and poop out that excess food in a form that is easily converted by the biofilter, or absorbed by plants. Now I don't know for sure, but that seems better than the food simply rotting.

And not all of what they eat is pooped out. Some is retained to fuel growth, and the production of new snails. So it seems like they work as a form of nutrient export, too.

Though if they were actually competing for food - for example covering sinking food pellets to the point where the intended recipients can no longer reach them - then I'd have no qualms over decimating them, snail lover or not.
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Though if they were actually competing for food - for example covering sinking food pellets to the point where the intended recipients can no longer reach them - then I'd have no qualms over decimating them, snail lover or not.
Cheers hippy mon!

Really, I like the way you put it. I've never seen them in competition. They just always are eating up stuff I don't see.
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I got 'em eating my Java Fern and I've eliminated quite a few. I'd love to know how to eradicate them. They get no credit for all the work I did. ;-)
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