Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Orange County, CA
Can snails eat decaying wood?
This could be a stupid question, but I have a pond snail problem in my tank. The first outbreak occurred when I had plants, but no fish, so they did not spawn as the result of overfeeding. I started adding fish and eventually I added some dwarf loaches that ate them all.
I now have a second outbreak because the loaches have become to used to me feeding them and no longer hunt the snails. During both outbreaks, the vast majority of the snails were on my driftwood. Those that were on the glass always stayed as close to the wood as possible. When I take my driftwood out, I have noticed that it releases a lot of particles that look similar to what I leeched out of the wood when I first received it.
I am wondering if snails would eat decaying wood. I do not know what kind of wood it is, it was just at my LFS. My tank pH is between 6.6 - 6.8 pH so I do not know if a slightly acidic tank would eat away at the wood. You can see the wood in the following picture in the middle and on the far right:
I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thanks.