Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton AB Canada
Dead snail shells in aquarium... do I really need to pick em all out?
So here's the deal. I have a fluval ebi I'm using as mainly a shrimp tank (couple pigmy cories and a couple harlequin rasboras in there all living nicely together) and due to some overzealous feeding by my fiance when I wasn't home had a nice little explosion of what I think were pond snails. Probably about 60+ of them at least within a week just popped up and must have kept on breeding like horny bunnies cause my tank was frickin COVERED in them. I picked out what I could and didn't feed for about a week and kept the feeding to the minimum for a while after that and now it's down to just a managable few of them that I find here and there cleaning on the glass.
However, now when I scour my tank I can see lots and lots of tiny little deal snails everywhere. I suck out what I can when I do water changes but there are quite a bit of them and it would be a huge PITA to tong-pick all of them out as they're worked into the substrate and sand and are probably lost all over. I'm hoping my shrimp probably ate what they could of the soft tissue and it's probably just the shells remaining, water params are all fine so it's not causing anything to shift but just wondering what if any effect a ton of tiny ~3mmx3mm snail shells will have on the water and if it's worth it to spend an hour or two rooting through the tank and ****ing up all my plants and substrate to pick them out