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Snails?!

are they harmful? i have seen a couple snails in my tank before, but this was the only time i could actually get a good picture of it because its size, the others ones i found where way too small to get caught on camera..

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is it HARMFUL to my plants??
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from here looks like a ramshorn, should not be harmful, until you see it destroy plants

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get some small loaches that only grow 4-6 '' cuz snails will overpopulate and if u have lots of snails it wont be good forr the plants/fish
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get some small loaches that only grow 4-6 '' cuz snails will overpopulate and if u have lots of snails it wont be good forr the plants/fish
...where are you getting this mis-information?

Snails only overpopulate if you overfeed. Cut down on feedings = less snails. Too many snails are just ugly IMO. They don't harm the plants (unless they're the types that eat plants, but we're not talking about those) or fish. They actually eat detritus and algae and help keep the tank clean.
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I personally like Ramshorn snails for the benefits listed above so, as long as you don't mind them, they won't be a problem for you.
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Like stated they eat debris and algae. Very useful. Just dont overfeed if you dont like the looks cause they will over run your tank.


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I've got a lot of snails in one of my tanks...when I charge my camera battery I'll post a pic for an id. They kind of look like MTS but sometimes they kinda don't. Either way, they annoy me.

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I think I have trapdoor snails, I can't find my flash media reader. Anyone know if they are good/bad? Either way I've tried to separate them out. I have them in a jar in case I want them again (and I probably will have more whether or not I want them)

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snails add to biodiversity. I like my ramshorn snails and my briggs. In my 38g lowtech I have nerites, ramshorns, briggs, and probably soon to have pond snails. I feed my fish sparingly 4 times a day. I am sure the cherries are second inline for food and the snails 3rd. I never have a problem with over population. If I see that snails look on the abundent side then I just pull a few large ones out and toss them away.

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today i found some different looking snails? are these bad??



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