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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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So whats the best snail to get?

Was gonna grab a snail or two but was wonderin which is the best at helping keep the glass and rocks clean?
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Just keep buying plants and you'll end up with an assortment of snails. I started with MTS (bought tank with existing gravel), and a few months ago noticed some ramshorns (after a plant purchase) - they now have the run of the tank!

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I kinda don't want any pest snails.....
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I suppose olive nerites but there is some debate as to whether they can breed in freshwater. I am developing an interest in apple snails and recently purchased some Asolene spixis.....really cool. I also want some violet brigs.

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nerite snails are great algae eaters! They will clean green spot off anubias and whatever else it grows on. Also they keep the glass clean too


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In my opinion, MTS and ramshorns aren't pests at all.


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I suppose olive nerites but there is some debate as to whether they can breed in freshwater. I am developing an interest in apple snails and recently purchased some Asolene spixis.....really cool. I also want some violet brigs.
Mine breed like crazy in my freshwater tank...
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i have lots of MTS right now, how can i control them?

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You ever go down to your tank in the wee hours before the lights come on and see how many snails you have? Holy crap, I have! They are all over the place. It's kind of cool.

Makes me wonder if you can somehow trap them in a min-lobbster trap or something. Like, put a few algae tablets in a small wire trap and collect a few dozen just to limit the amount.

Anyone ever try that?

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If you ever want to get rid of snails just get a couple of clown loaches. I have 5 of them. I got a couple dozen ramhorn snails last month from the LFS that was over grown with them. They were gone inside the first week. Just a bunch of empty shells everwhere. I though few might surive and creat a colony but I guess my fish are just pigs. I have just started a 5.5 gallon that I am going to have cherry shrimp in. I am thinking about throughing in some snails to turn it into snack factory for my clowns.

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Clowns are not a very good community tank member from what I remember, though. No? I think I would catch them going after my Angels. I don't have Angels anymore so maybe I will get a few.
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I suppose olive nerites but there is some debate as to whether they can breed in freshwater.
I thought that was the advantage of using Nerite snails. You can keep the population under control.
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Clowns are not a very good community tank member from what I remember, though. No? I think I would catch them going after my Angels. I don't have Angels anymore so maybe I will get a few.
My clown loaches went back to the store once I discovered they were the ones eating holes in my Amazon sword leaves. Just for fun, I guess . . .
I really liked having them, but not at that cost.

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and i think clown loach will also be your problem especially if your substrate is flourite, is there any more solution for this snails? what about the product that kill snale the one in LFS

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My clown loaches went back to the store once I discovered they were the ones eating holes in my Amazon sword leaves. Just for fun, I guess . . .
I really liked having them, but not at that cost.
They don't do that if you feed them green stuff - at least my yo-yos don't.

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