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I'd rather deal with Algae. 8 12.31%
I'd rather deal with Snails. 57 87.69%
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Algae infestation vs Snail infestation?


Well you almost never have both simultaneously. I recently had a ramshorn invasion in one of my tanks and the algae was completely wiped out in a matter of days. Never seen my tank this clear of algae in my life....I've decided that (as much as I use to despite snails) I'd rather have the latter.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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Well you almost never have both simultaneously.
Well aren't you the lucky one . I've had, *cough*, both before. I don't mind the snails. When they get to numerous I quite enjoy crushing their little bodies against the glass as do my fish.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:45 PM   #3
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ehehe common, algae is the worst thing in a planted tank. When I newly set up my tank I had a snail bloom, every morning before the lights turned on I squash like 10s everyday. After a few months their number went to normal. Overall though, snails are beneficial arent they? Id have snails all over my plants than algae any day.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:01 AM   #4
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depends on the type of snail really :p
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:16 AM   #5
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depends on the type of snail really :p
Thank god theres no plant eating snail, THAT would be worse than algae.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:45 AM   #6
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A snail eating plant would be really cool though.
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I have few issues with algae, I have many issues with snails, I would love to have every one killed in every tank, without killing the shrimp and plants.

I can net out the amano shrimp, the RCS/Fires, I can net a few out and kill the rest without much concern, have not found anything that can do this, kill the snails, but not the plants.

Some loaches perhaps.
Zebra loaches I might resort to.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:32 AM   #8
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I have few issues with algae, I have many issues with snails
My point EXACTLY. The two problems (almost) never co-exist....snails consume algae. And as prolific as snails can be at least they're tangible and finite, not to mention you can ultimately clear them via a piece of vegetable or a hungry puffer.

In the end I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:46 AM   #9
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My pea puffer would be in heaven if I had a snail infestation, and my otos would explode if I had an algae bloom. I personally rather the snails because its nice seeing my pea puffer go after them.
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Ok, so it would appear (according to survey) that allowing a snail invasion is a viable answer to the never ending algae bloom.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:01 AM   #11
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Now you have me thinking i need snails - I have always had alge issues to a greater or lesser degree. currently its BBA so whats the best alge eating snail do we think?
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A snail eating plant would be really cool though.
+1, like it
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #13
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Besides the algae eating, snails are kinda cute. Some are really beautiful. I like watching their mouths on the glass....
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:56 PM   #14
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I would rather deal with snails than algae. algae drive me crazy. snails are fun to look at especially my MTS.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:59 AM   #15
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My blue rams and neon tetra love eating a crushed snail, and its fun to watch. Algae is never fun.
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