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Good snails for a planted tank

What are some cool looking snails that would be good in a planted tank?


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Zebra Neritas... stays quite small and doesn't eat plants.

Pomacea bridgesi ("mystery" snails) and marisa (giant ramshorns) also tend not to eat plants... they like detritus, dead plant tissue, uneaten fish food, even fish poop... but that's not to say one might not decide to munch on a leaf every now and then.

Avoid the large "apple sized" apple snails... they will bulldoze your plants and devour them in no time.
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Uhm, usually Marisas are considered a non-planted tank species, they do munch live plants. Nerites are small and cute and really awesome at eating algae from tank walls. Apple snails, P. bridgesii, are nice ones, only my juveniles seem to taste new things they see, adults wont touch plants. They are available in several different colours from ivory to purple. Then there's also zebra apple snail, Asolene spixi, grows to only about 1 inch and is as plant safe as P. bridgesii, and so cute. Spixis lay their eggs underwater unlike regular apple snails.

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I really enjoy my tiger nerites......
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I have a heavily planted 29 gallon tank and I keep the following snails:
1) MTS - Malaysian Trumpet Snails - I've read lots of posts that say they help to keep the soil aerated. Besides, you don't see them when your lights are on, as they are nocturnal.

2) Pond snails - that came with the plants...hard to get rid of as they reproduce like crazy! I don't like them...

3) Several colors of Mystery snails - you can find all sorts here: http://home.mchsi.com/~masts/index.html

4) I had olive nerite snails in my tank when I had a really heavy infestation of algea...in less than a week, they ate everything. And not a single leaf was harmed in the process. The only bad thing is that they laid these tiny white eggs *everywhere* and I do mean everywhere. They took forever to remove. But those eggs don't hatch in freshwater, only brackish...or so I'm told.

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I have three big pomacea bridgesii in my 29 gallon and they have never touched a plant. They're fun to watch, though, faster than you'd think, and come in several cool colors. They are often inexpensive (less than $3) at local pet/fish stores, but to get some really neat colors, check out the forum on this website: http://www.applesnail.net/ Many of the members there sell snails and are breeding some gorgeous colors of bridgesii.

I have heard that the occasional rogue mystery snail will eat the occasional plant, but none of mine ever have and it seems pretty rare.
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