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Old 03-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Pond snails-Friend or Foe?

I've just started my planted tank, and I've found a couple of pin head sized pond snails cruising around my tank (no fish yet). I know pond snails are pretty much inevitable in a planted tank and I've read about how they can really take over a tank. I'm wondering if they serve any benefit at all or if I should remove them now before they take over???
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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if u have one. u have 100. removing them manual is impossible, if ur trying to get all of them

the best thing u can do at this point, is population control. find somethign that prey's on them
they are beneficial to a point, it takes a lot of them to really matter
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:46 PM   #3
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In my experience they are very hard to completely eradicate. Also they eat algae and detritus and I have never had them eat plants (even Barclaya longifolia). So if you don't find them to be to much of a nuisance there isn't much harm in keeping them around. Depending on what kinds of fish you keep, (loaches, puffers, mollys) they might keep them in check.
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They're not really a problem but when I simply had more than I wanted and thought all those snails looked a little gross I spent a week setting a lettuce in a bottle trap every night and removing them in the morning. Now I have a dwarf puffer in a little tank, and a growing colony of assasin snails in my grow out tank. So I just occasionally pick a few out with tweezers to use as feed for those guys.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:52 PM   #5
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In my experience, they are ok. They take care of food thats left over. But if you keep the feeding right they aren't a problem. Use them to gauge how much you feed and also your water quality as they all get off the bottom if the water is getting pretty bad.

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #6
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I don't really mind them, to be honest. I have pond snails in the convict tank, and he keeps the numbers in check by killing them for fun.

I have bladder snails in my little planted tetra tank and they're awesome fun to watch. They really can haul when they're trying.

I've never had a pond or bladder snail eat live plants, but they will egg the crap out of them when they start getting busy.
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I like 'em , they munch on dead plant matters and algae. I feed heavily so no fish is left without food and they do a good job eating up the leftovers. If the population ever gets out of control then I will just put a piece of vegetable in there and take it out the next day with most of the snails.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:35 PM   #8
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i don't mind them, personally. I've found that the population seem to equalize with your water quality. as they have less to eat i see a lot of random shells.

in my puffer tank, thought, i can't keep them alive long .. puff loves them! i'm actually resorting to propigating them in a seperate tank with snails i'm aquiring from members here!
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