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ramshorn snails ok for planted tank??

My friend just gave me some ramshorn snails....are they safe with plants??? She didn't have a planted and she didn't know.

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make sure they are not columbina ramshorn aka giant ramshorn. I made the mistake of introducing one to my planted tank, but stopped his rampage before he could do too much damage.
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I have the small dark kind in my tank, and have yet to see them damage any plants, including hygro. I think I do more damage to plants when I work in the tank than they all can do in their lifetime. They are good at eating detritus. The only problem is that they can be unsighty because they reproduce so much.

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i agree that they eat away all the junk...including dead leaves..heck one day a a blood fin deceased in there....and they ate away half of it before i even pulled it out...

my only gripe with snails is that...their tiny poop doesnt seem to decompose that easily

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I have the European red ramshorns in two of my tanks. They are good at cleaning up dead leaves. They supposedly eat algae but I don't know for sure if they do. They are prolific, but their population is easily controlled at water change time.
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thanks guys! Big help! I only have 2 now...I'm sure that will change once they turn on some barry white and eat by candlelight!

I'll keep an eye on them....

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I only have 2 now...I'm sure that will change once they turn on some barry white and eat by candlelight!
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make sure they are not columbina ramshorn aka giant ramshorn. I made the mistake of introducing one to my planted tank, but stopped his rampage before he could do too much damage.
That's odd. I have two of them in my planted tank and they never touch the plants.
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The ramshorn in my tank gave me an excuss to start a dwarf puffer tank.


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