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Best algae-eating snails

Hey guys. I'm looking for some snails that I can put in my Oscar and Convict tank to clean up some lingering algae. I know you're probably going to tell me that they won't last long in that tank, but those 2 fish haven't eaten any live food I've given them in the past month and were mostly vegetarian before that.

I'd also like to consider putting a few in my 10g planted hex also. So I'm looking for snails that are great algae eaters and that won't do much damage in my planted tank as well. I'm considering Malaysian Trumpets, Red Ramshorns and Pond snails. I'm leaning against the MTSs because of their burrowing tendencies (especially since my tank is pretty new), but will not rule them out unless you guys convince me to.

So what's the best algae-eater out there?

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I have all three that you named, and they are all good! Some people don't like pond snails, but I've never seen any evidence of damage by them on my plants. MTS burrowing is not a bad thing. It keeps the substrate aerated and certainly doesn't hurt anything You might also look at olive nerites and mystery snails.


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IME, ramshorns, nerites, and physa snails are all good at eating algae. I have all three of them and they do a good job at cleaning surfaces.


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Actually Jen, now that I think about it, the MTSs might be perfect. If they'll burrow in the substrate of the Oscar tank, they'll probably last longer if he suddenly gets a snail appetite and I can just leave them in there until everything roots a little better in my planted tank. MTSs it is then.

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