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Exclamation to snail or not to snail whats your opinion

just looking for advise on snails do they benefit your planted tank or not
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I dont bother mine....

They arent too bad since I dont overfeed as much anymore.

I kinda like the aesthetic of having a little more than just the fish and plants for biodiversity.

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I love the snails..... kind of. Rams horn; yes. MTS; yes. Pond snails; no. The pond snails do make good food for the DP though. Just a PITA to harvest out of the big tank.


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I leave mine in there. The snails that I have don't eat plants (MTS, Ramshorn, pond, and nerites) and I don't have a whole lot due to lack of food.
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Depends on the snail with me also. I put MTS in all of my tanks on purpose. The other snails I don't care so much about.

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Whatever snails I have (haven't id'd them yet), eat holes in my crypt wendtii's, so I pick them out, otherwise I'd leave them in there b/c they look cool and eat stuff that other creatures don't, like algae on little ridges on plants etc

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I have pond, MTS, ramshorn, briggs, nerites - LOVE THEM ALL. I think they are nearly essential to a planted tank and all my tanks will always have snails. Don't kill 'em - learn to love 'em! They aren't hurting anything


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I agree with Jen ... they're a help in keeping things clean.

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Yah I like them but they were def. eating my crypts, they were hurting things (my aesthetic appreciation of my crypts), and putting holes in the balansae too...

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You don't really have a choice in whether or not you have snails. You'll get them sooner or later.

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I put Nerites in my tanks... never again. So many unhatched eggs its very unsightly.. a real bugger to scrub off as well. One piece of wood has so many on it now its looking like fungus...sigh

Great algae eaters though lol.
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Like it has been said over and over, it all depends on what kind and what you want to see in your tank. I have MTS and ram's in all my tank. And i kill all pond snails i see.

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With the exception of Malaysian Trumphet Snails which are the equivalent of earth worms for a planted tank substrate and good to have, other live bearing snails like pond snails are a a real PITA especially when they replicate like cockroaches. I started off with MTS in my tank and they did not bother me, even though they were always visible and kind of took away from the beauty of the tank. They left the plants alone. Then, somewhere down the line, some stupid pond snails made their way into the tank and before you know it they were multiplying like crazy(and no I did not have excess fish food in the tank as it was a plant only tank) and started eating holes through my Hygrophilia compact. Nothing looks more disgusting then plant leaves with holes in them.

Now, I disinfect all my plants in alum before placing them in the tank. There are other invertebrates that can help keep your tank clean(red cherry shrimp/amano shrimp) without punching holes in your plant leaves. Also keep in mind that snails when they begin multiplying like cockroaches can drive your tank bioload too high over time and if you have other fish in there, it will force you to do more frequent water changes just to prevent problems.
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I am not sure if the conical snails I have in my tank are MTS. They don't really have the same markings as the pictures I have seen of MTS.

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I would say snails won't do a whole lot for a tank, but if you're going for looks then go for it. Just make sure they're not asexual or you'll be sorry later . Are trumpets really beneficial to the substrate? They do add a certain beauty to the tank, but I've heard it does go out of hand when there are 20 or 30 of them on the bottom...
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