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I know some (such as pond snails) are a pain, but what about ramshorn snails? I see nothing but benefit from them--they eat algae off plants (even the smallest of them), they keep the tank clean of rotting vegetation, and they don't even use the oxygen in the water (AFAIK).

Is it silly the think that a good number of air-breathing snails might actually help increase CO2 levels in a tank without decreasing O2 levels, or is the O2 consumption/CO2 production in a small invert insignificant (I have the feeling it is)?

So...whats the problem? Besides rapid breeding, that is?

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That's about it - rapid breeding. They can reproduce to the point of being unsightly, with their little brown turd bodies all over your beautiful green plants. I have found it easy to control their populations with either predators like Loaches or just manually removing them so I welcome them into the system.

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I personally like snails. They can be fun to watch. I have a MTS and a few ramshorn and pond snails(all small). My loach team keeps there numbers in check....


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I want some MTS to churn up my sand but the loaches get them too quickly, I think I've wiped out the snail problem at the LFS - I grab a bag full every time I'm there !!
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After awhile they become a pain. I prefer shrimp to help out with algae. Snails don't seem to help much. MTS help with gravel, but they also help too much. All my glosso gets ripped up. With gravels like eco-complete, I don't think you have to worry about impaction. And I hate that they just sit on the glass and block my view. They are like Rat's, I get rid of them.
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with their little brown turd bodies all over your beautiful green plants
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I like them as well. It's often mentioned that too much snails in the tank is a sign of overfeeding. Anyway, here they are under control without having a real snail eater (except for an angelfish with some identity problem) over here, a lot of them disappear during maintenance (pruning)

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Nothing I like more than webbing of poop they drop all over the place once they get to a decent size ......not!
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