Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central New York, USA
"Pest snails are the cockroaches of the aquarium world."
Not true! Snails are a valuable part of the clean-up crew that process (plant/fish) waste materials and algae into bacteria food and plant usable nutrients. I have hundreds of MTS in my tank helping to create a better ecosystem.
Like beneficial bacteria, the snail population is dictated by the available food and oxygen. However, if you feel you have too many, they're easy to bait and remove.
Edit/Update: Regarding cycling the planted tank. If the tank is well planted, you can add a fish or two right away as plants will typically process the ammonia and the bacteria population will slowly develop. Many experienced hobbyists do this all the time. :-)
Tank On, Mike-
60g Marineland Community, Finnex Planted+ 24/7, Silica (pool filter) sand.
10g, 29g, & 37g fry grow out tanks, 110g stock tank w/40g sump.
What came first, the chicken or the egg. It was the egg, but not the egg from a chicken.
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Last edited by AbbeysDad; 08-17-2017 at 06:30 PM.