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Hi. I am new to planted tanks and today i found this little guy around my aquarium. He is about the size of a rice grain. Is he good? Bad? Will they multiply like there is no tomorow? Not the best pic but considering he is very small here it is:



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It's EVIL!!!! REMOVE NOW!!! That's a pond snail, and they reproduce quickly. If you have snail-eating fish, feed it to it/them. Otherwise, they have no other good use, IMO.

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Quick! Squish-em!

Pond snails eat plants and multiply like crazy.

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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Ok. What can I do now? My tank is fairly new so I don't really care much for the plants I have as of right now. I do care for the Corys and Ottos in the tank. I removed him but he has friends.
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I will squish them right now Thanks for your help
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I have never seen a pond snail eat a plant, I have a few in all of my tanks.
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They are on the driftwood and glass. The thing is I don't really want them all over the glass. I've seen a couple of infested tanks and it's not pretty.
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The multiply very very quickly. They are not all that bad. Most people just outright do not like them cause the multiply faster than rabbits!

I have these in my tank. I started with 4, have about 20 after a months time. They EAT the brown algae on the side of the tank and leaves.

Every now and then, I will grab the largest ones I can, break em up and feed them to the other fish I have. The love the tasty treat!
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Ramshorn snails seem to out-compete them. I used to have pond snails in a ten gallon until I got some ramshorns.. then they gradually disappeared. Ramshorns don't eat plants, personally I like them.

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Pond snails as such will multiply quickly. Quicker than you can expect. I had a first snail invasion with those and gradually decimated my plants. The 2nd one was ramshorns and they also mowed down my plants. 3rd and last are Malayan trumpet snails. Nothing wrong with them but they can boom their population and are a pain to control.
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You can control your snail explosion by how much extra fish food you put in your tank.
I find that if I put too much flake fish food, eventually the snail population will explode.

But if I use the cubes of freeze dried bloodworms or whatever they are called (forgot right now), my Mollies or other fish will get what they need and that seems to help control or lessen the population of snails.

Of course you have to wait about 3-4 weeks to see the effect.

Good luck with your snails.

And I know this won't help you feel better, but the snails don't kill the plants. It only seems that way. They eat plants that are dying or not doing well. If your plants are growing very well or very fast, that takes on both the algae and the snails (or seems to). Again, for the most part snails will leave alone plants that are doing well.

Again, good luck with your plants and snails. If it does make you feel better, the stuff the snails eat is converted into 'food' that is more easily consumed by the plants. Converts flake fish food into Plant food. I will leave it to someone else to explain how.
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For all those saying pond snails destroy plant: Aquarium Advice :: View Topic - [low tech] planted shrimp tank [updated 10-22-06]

Check that tank out (I'm sure Glitch is a member here). I always thought the same until I really looked at my tank and checked out Glitch's. They eat the dead or dying leaves. Never have I watched one eat a healthy leaf.
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My tiger barbs love eating live snails. I squish the snails and the fish do the rest.


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I think I have pond snails too but they just eat the algae, green dust, that gross dark green cottony kind, the brown circle kind, fish poop...
I don't see why anyone would want to get rid of them.
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Well the snails that I have are pond snails too. I just take them out with some tweezers when ever I see them. They do eat you plants like crazy and multiply quickly.
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