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Yeah I know it killed the cat.

Just curious why some people specifically want snails in their tanks?

I was always told squish 'em quick before they can breed.

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They can help maintain and balance the aquarium, most people (myself included) just don't like them breeding out of control in the tank, so I stick with nerites in small numbers


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They are often kept as a clean up crew. Different species eat different things but most snails are scavengers that feed on dead animals, decomposing plants and algae.

Some are decorative and look nice in the tank, rabbit snails, nerites, multi-colored mystery and rams horn snails.
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Yea I got a couple o pond snails that came in on someone's plants. Don't bother me much. I'd like to think it was free livestock. Like previous posters said before, they clean things. I'm okay with that. They don't explode in population in this tank *knock on wood* for whatever reason. I'm okay with that too.


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I always thought of them as pests, however after I discovered dozens of tiny ramshorn snails in my aquarium I asked TPT about snails & was advised to get some assassin snails to help get rid of them. It's been 3 weeks & all of the ramshorns are gone. The assassin snails don t bother my plants either. I also put 2 small blue apple snails in my 5 gallon Betta yank, but they quickly stripped the plants down to the stems ! Needless to say, they went back to the LFS & were replaced by 2 Nerite snail, which are awesome!

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MTS = keep substrate nice and prevents fine substrate from compacting over time. adds to the clean up crew
Nerites = use to love them because they're pretty and eat algae like crazy. I don't like it when the females lay eggs everywhere and polka-dot the tank but the males are cool
Pond and Bladder snails = don't really like them but to each their own. the only squishable snails I've had
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If it wasn't for earthworms we wouldn't have topsoil .... and if we didn't have topsoil, we wouldn't have food.

Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) eat decaying organics and leave behind plant usable nutrients for rooted plants. They burrow in my silica (pool filter) sand which aerates it as well as feeding plants with their deposits. Other snails eat algae so they are all part of the bio-cleanup crew, breaking solid wastes down into finer particles that bacteria can process further.

Some mistakenly think that snails add to the bio-load. However, when you consider that they exist by feeding on waste products (well unless you feed Acme Snail Food <hehe>) they're just living of the fat of the land (er sea).

Some don't like them, but I feel they're just another form of aquatic life aiding in balancing the aquarium eco-system.

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