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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-29-2006, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation i got snails!!!

Not sure what to do just started my 10gal tank a week ago today and now i have like 5 or 6 snails everywhere. I have a biowheel and a heater and 2 water wisterias and one 15watt floral glow light.

I am pretty sure that is where they came from but that doesn't matter they are here now. I have heard from people that they are bad then one guy just flat out told me they are fine.

I am not sure what to think, to me snails sounded like a bad thing. I called lfs store and the lady said they're called plants snails. I don't know if I should i want to get rid of them or not I was planning on breeding some platies in the tank but thats it.

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Nothing to worry about. The snails that come as hitch-hikers on plants are not a problem. They roam around your tank, eat some algae and leftover food. As long as you don't overfeed they shouldn't get out of control.

I have snails in the tank with my platies and the platies don't have any trouble breeding:-)

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Yes, they usually come in on plants -- there are often egg masses on plants that hatch in your tank and produce a lot of snails. I've found them to be more of an aesthetic issue than anything else.

In my larger tank, clown loaches eat them and in my smaller tank, a dwarf puffer does the work. But a clown loach is too big for a 10 gallon and a dwarf puffer usually doesn't mix well with most other tankmates -- they are quite aggressive -- so fish are probably not your answer.

A lot of people on the forum have had good luck with weighting down a piece of lettuce in the tank and removing the snails that accumulate on it each morning. You can also remove them by hand. Generally, the impression I've gotten from the forum is that if they don't have a lot to eat (ie. if you feed your fish in such a way that a lot of extra food doesn't wind up on the bottom) and you remove the snails you see, the snail population won't get too out of control.

I'm sure others will chime in with good advice.
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nothing to freak out about (unless of course they are the killer monster snails from outer space)...will actually help to keep your tank tidy and help in establishing a more natural environment...
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do i have to be worried about them eating the plants so much that they will die.
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The typical snail hitchhikers will not eat healthy plants. The may munch on parts of leaves that are dying.

Do you need worry about the snails dying from overeating? No. If there is a bunch of available food you will have a bunch of snails. When there is less available food you will have fewer snails. Nothing to worry about.

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snails = biodiversity. I like my snails, pond snails, ramshorn snails, and even limpets. They help clean the tank and add nutriennts for the plants. The only downside to snails is if there is to many there poop can appear on everything.


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