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Is It True Snails only Eat Dead Plant Matter?

I just planted my tank and the snails have already found all my swords and seem to call them home...
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what kind of snails?
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They'll happily eat dead fish matter too.
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what kind of snails?
All I can tell you is that they're somewhat small, brownish, with a somewhat transparent shell...
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some pest snails will eat softer plants. Most often, they eat unhealthy plants.
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I've never had a problem with snails eating healthy plants.


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I just planted my tank and the snails have already found all my swords and seem to call them home...
From "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium":

"All healthy aquatic plants contain protective chemicals (allelochemicals) that repel snails and other herbivores, but once the plant tissue begins to disintegrate, these repellent chemicals leach out. Only then do the snails feed on the plant."
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