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What will eat snails?

Are there any fish I can put in that will eat snails?

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Pufferfish are the more dependable snail eaters,
but they don't always get along well with other
fish, and you'd have to keep finding new snails
to feed them, once the tank snails are gone.

Loaches and Botia fish eat snails, but they are
often spoiled by fish food availability and get
lazy on snail hunting, so each fish may vary.

personally, I find it easier to simply crush any
undesirable snails I notice between my fingers,
or tweezers, and let my fish eat the soft flesh.


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What type of snails do you have?

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My puffers get along fine with my tiger barbs, loachs, zebra danios, algae eaters and tetras. I keep 2 together and they keep each other entertained. They've never picked on any of my other fish.. just wanted to let you know.
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icex,
how do you keep your puffers fed
once all the tank snails are gone?


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I keep a separate snail farm in order to feed my puffer once all the in-tank snails were gone.
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i dont know what type of snails they are. I don't have any pics to reference

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Whatever snail it is, a puffer will surely take it on. They're a great snail solution I'm thinking of putting him in my new setup to take care of some snails in there and then transfer him back to his tank..
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Clown loaches worked great for me. Way back when, I tried buying plants from a LFS and when I brought them home, about a week later, infestation. So I went to the LFS again and bought 1 clown loach and in ~1 week no more problem, he was good.
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loaches like to be in schools from what i've read. So if you have a smaller tank, a puffer may be your only option... Every other night or so, I just reach in and grab any visible snails, and chuck them in my cichild tank. If my Green terror misses them, the loaches grab them. Most i've ever found was after about 5 days was 6 snails. I've kept a few in a bucket in case i actually ever "need" them.

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There is a snail that eats snails: Anentome helena

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Turtle

I put a glass jar in the tank with some sinking food and then in the morning I put it in my turtle tank!

The turtles really love em!

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There is a snail that eats snails: Anetome helena
VERY Interesting. Thanks for posting this

unfortunately, there is not enough testimony on the net
to be sure this snail will perform as Fishalicious is hyping,
and lack of availability makes it an impractical choice.

I've seen Spixi eat Ramshorn, but not a M.Trumpet killer like this beastie;



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icex,
how do you keep your puffers fed
once all the tank snails are gone?
I have no snails. Occasionaly I'll throw in ghost shrimp (they demolish these in a matter of seconds and steal them from each others mouth..) and when I feed my loachs they go for the sinking pellets. They'll eat anything. I also feed them blood worms and flake food.
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Those aquarists who keeps this snail Anetome helena here in Finland has positive experiences so far, but there's still a lot to learn about this little carnivore.
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