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acrylic tank and snails?

Hey all I have a larger acrylic tank and was thinking about getting some snails to help with algae? Got any suggestions? And if so where I could get them also? Mostly I am concerned with the green stuff on the tank walls and a little on the plants. I am probally going to go pressurized CO2 in the next month or so so that might help some but right now the algae grows fast and acrylic is a pain to clean.

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The best snails for your situation are nerites. I had an algae problem early on and when I got my nerites the tank walls were clear after a few days. There are several sources for the nerites, I got mine from Wilma (ombcat) who is great to deal with.


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Nerites and acrylic? I've always been afraid to get them, for fear that they would lay their little white eggs on the acrylic and I wouldn't be able to scrape them off since acrylic scratches so easily.
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I didn't think they would even lay eggs unless in a more marine enviroment?

So far noone has been able to tell me if they are acrylic safe or for tha tmatter if apple snails are acrylic safe or even if MTS is acrylic safe?

Anyone know anything reguarding acrylic and snails?

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The eggs just won't hatch/develop unless they're in a marine environment; they'll still lay 'em anyway, apparently all over the place too.
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I've had my nerites for months, and have only seen a few eggs. They seem to stop laying once they're out of salt water for a while.

I don't think they would be too big of a problem for an acrylic tank. First off, they only laid a few eggs in my tank, secondly, most of the egg disappeared. Only a small outline of where it was remained, and I just scratched those off with my fingernail. If your fingernails scratch acrylic, thats either a horrid material to build a tank out of, or you have some really hard nails.
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