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Detrivores to eat dead leaves? Apples snails maybe?

I'd like to add some detrivores to eat the dead leaves in my tank.

(Yes I am that lazy!). In my natural planted jungle style tank there are leaves that collect in the back which are very difficult to reach without uprooting other things, so are there some 'shredders' that would eat and therefore recycle those? The use of detrivores is very common in natural reef tanks I've realized, which party inspired me.

I heard Apple snails do exactly that, when I watched the BBC documentary Secrets of Our Living Planet: Waterworlds http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...t_Waterworlds/ which focused in part on ecology of the Pantanal where Apple snails supposedly play a massive part by recycling dead vegetation.
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I do by the way have a couple Nerite snails that aren't doing anything at all with the dead leaves, but apparently Apple snails are rare in being able to digest cellulose.

And is there anything that would eat hair algae in my planted bowls? My Amano shrimp aren't touching the stuff... Thai Micro Crabs maybe?

Incidentally, is that an error in the documentary where it suggests that by eating the decaying vegetation the Apple snails supposedly save the waterways from low oxygenation? Wouldn't the snails use up just as much oxygen while reducing the decaying plant matter as bacteria itself would use up to accomplish the same thing?
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Malaysian trumpet snails do a great job if you don't mind seeing them in your tank.
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Incidentally, is that an error in the documentary where it suggests that by eating the decaying vegetation the Apple snails supposedly save the waterways from low oxygenation? Wouldn't the snails use up just as much oxygen while reducing the decaying plant matter as bacteria itself would use up to accomplish the same thing?
Applesnails get a big part and some times almost all of their oxygen from the atmosphere.
They go up to the surface to breath and then down again to eat if there is to little oxygen in the water.

Please ignore any spelling/grammatical errors. I'm swedish and sometimes I'm also drunk.

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