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Hey guys, a couple weeks ago I started up a new tank with the majority of stem plants. I'm certain that these brownish snails hitchiked their way into my aquarium. I can tell that it will become over populated soon. Are these good? Bad?
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They can be good as they will eat algae, but watch them in case they decide to start eating plant leaves. Depending on the type, they can multiply quite fast, but you can usually keep them at bay by just removing a few off the side glass every day, or if you make sure you take a lot out during water changes. If you don't want to do that, you can buy some loaches.

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ok cool, I figured they would be good to clean off algae and what not so I'm going to leave them in there. But I know that they are going to multiply like crazy! I can already count like 20-30 small snails. I'm assuming some eggs got left behind on a leafor something.
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Good Snails or Bad Snails...

depends on the species. If they are the common pond snails, apple snails, or bladder snails they can devaste your plants. If they are Ramshorns, MTS, or a few other species they can be good for the tank. Pics would help identify them and let you know if you need to erradicate them or not.
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i have dozens of ramshorn snails and mts and never have glass algae, my snails go on my plants a lot. never eat a thing

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Ditto qazplm25 - I have MTS, Ramshorn, and even pond snails and I have had them for years. I've never seen them eating the plants.


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Sadly I must say that I do have snails that eat my plants. Not to where my tank is bare but they do munch on the Rotala leaves. Whether it's the ramshorns or pond snails, I cannot say 100% for sure. My MTS are nice little guys who do their job very well. Too bad they don't like to breed quickly in my tanks.
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