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Question Opinions on Pond snails (AND now Mystery snails to) please??

I have some pond snails in my tank. I just noticed them a couple of weeks back. They must have hitchhiked in on some plants.
I like the way they look, and so far I havent noticed any damage done to my plants.
Does anyone have any opinions on whether their good or bad in a planted tank? Thanks!!

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Wish I had more of them in my tanks! They are good in my book!


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They will not eat healthy plants but they will eat dead plant matter, clean your glass, and leftover food. They are a great indicator of you overfeeding your other aquarium stock; too much food= explosion in snail population. Many people do not like them and assume that snails eating damaged/dieing plant matter is them destroying healthy parts of a plant.
If you do not want them anymore its easy enough to squish them against the glass. Some loach species eat them as we'll as dwarf puffers but the latter tend not to do well in community tanks. You can prevent new ones from being introduced to your tank by doing a bleach or peroxide dip (very diluted, mostly water) of new plants before they go in the tank.
I currently have snails in my planted tanks though I've moved most of them to a driftwood soaking bin and toss in dead aquatic plants to build up the # for future dwarf puffers.

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They will not eat healthy plants but they will eat dead plant matter, clean your glass, and leftover food. They are a great indicator of you overfeeding your other aquarium stock; too much food= explosion in snail population. Many people do not like them and assume that snails eating damaged/dieing plant matter is them destroying healthy parts of a plant.
If you do not want them anymore its easy enough to squish them against the glass. Some loach species eat them as we'll as dwarf puffers but the latter tend not to do well in community tanks. You can prevent new ones from being introduced to your tank by doing a bleach or peroxide dip (very diluted, mostly water) of new plants before they go in the tank.
I currently have snails in my planted tanks though I've moved most of them to a driftwood soaking bin and toss in dead aquatic plants to build up the # for future dwarf puffers.

I fully agree with AquaAurora
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I got lots of them in my 17g, I just vaccuum the babies during water change. They breed fast and grows fast.
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Thanks everyone for replying!! I appreciate it very much. I do like the snails, I think they add interest to my tank. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to remove them.
It will be an extra bonus if they will help keep the algae at bay.
I wonder why there are so many folks that don't want them in their tanks...
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They're pretty good when boiled then put into a pasta gravy. A little chewy though.

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Thanks everyone for replying!! I appreciate it very much. I do like the snails, I think they add interest to my tank. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to remove them.
It will be an extra bonus if they will help keep the algae at bay.
I wonder why there are so many folks that don't want them in their tanks...
If you've ever seen a pond snail population explode you'll understand why. I had this happen in my 125 due to a brown algae outbreak when I started. After a lot of squishing and time they are down to a small population now
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Snail explosion rarely happen with pond snails, mostly just ramshorn. If they do explode from overfeeding so be it and if you ask me I would rather have some snails let me know if I am overfeeding, then my fish dying from overfeeding and bad water. Also, if they do overpopulate they always balance out. I like having old snails shells as part of the substrate, which gives it more of a natural look. I dont understand why people dont like snails. They also eat algae and dead matter that would rot if not eaten by snails and funk up the water quicker. Have you ever smelled rotten vegetation?? Yuck! People want to control so much that they cant just let nature do its thing. This is were alot of noobs or newbs mess up with planted tanks. Its about balance and not control!The more you fight it the worse it gets.


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I had bladder snails and those pesky tiny ramshorn snails ,the ones that grow a couple of mm max.....I got some assassin snails ,and the bladder ones were eaten ,the tiny ramshorns ,not so much.Maybe they're too small for the assassins to see them.....
In conclusion ,I too found out that overfeeding is the main cause of them multiplying ,they are beneficial ,up until they multiply so much that you see them everywhere.....if kept under control they can be of help to the environment you create in your tank.

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Some people just find them icky, others keep a tank aesthetic that doesn't fare well with indeterminate numbers of snails bumbling about the place. Happily for me, I like jungles and snails fit right in. Yes, it's occasionally annoying to sort out excess populations and assassin snails always seem to best like eating the snails I most want to keep, but I don't feel a tank is complete without at least a couple snails tucked away here and there.
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I actually tried to get a big pond snail population going in my 10 gal tank so I could feed them to my Bluegills. Figured my Bluegills would eat them too fast if I tried it in their tank. Unfortunately they don't seem to want to eat them. They are called "shellcrackers" in some areas so thought they'd love them. I sometimes see them grab one but not very often. Must be feeding my fish too good & they prefer it over the snails. LOL

I don't mind them .. as others said they're a good indication of overfeeding, etc.
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I like them, I started with one that came in on a plant in my 10gal and it quickly multiplied into at least 50. They are awesome for the tank but thats just too many so you might want to keep that in mind.
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I kept pond snails in a small unestablished tank after taking them out my other one, didn't feed them, they reproduced massively in a empty tank with no algae, they will reproduce massively IME with no food, five or six ended up about 60 in no time. They don't indicate over feeding.
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Snails do serve a useful function in a tank IMO, but pond snails in particular can reproduce wildly with very little food.

I don't mind snails. I just don't want them becoming an eyesore. So my primary means of pond snail control is simply to add more snails. Ramshorn snails compete with pond snails for food, but aren't so prolific. With both in a tank, the total number of snails is lessened.
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