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Snails from plants... Must I kill them?

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Just got back from the store, I picked myself up a very nice Anubias Nana and added it to the tank less than an hour ago. I looked in my tank and saw 4 or 5 (so far) of these little buggers. I know I've heard of hitchhiking snails before and I know people have acted like they are a pest. Are they? Do I have to kill them? I just don't have the heart

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They're harmless. They can overpopulate and become visually annoying, but only if you have a lot of food in the tank. You can leave them alone, they're actually pretty decent for cleaning stuff up.


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Oh thank goodness haha I'm definitely surprised at how many came from one plant so I guess we will see how this goes
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I know people have acted like they are a pest.

Some folks think of them as the next plague.

As mentioned, keep feeding in line and they'll do the rest. They are VERY good at keeping their numbers in line with available food. Keep in mind that available food also includes damaged or failing plant tissue. They get accused regularly of attacking healthy plants. With pond / bladder snails, it won't happen.

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i had the same thing happen with some cuttings i got. but.....my tank is stocked with a large variety of animals....as soon as the snails left the plant, the fish, cray's, and turtles gobbled them up. so the ghost shrimp can do the cleaning that the shrimp cant
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I'd get a few assassin snails to keep the population down or eliminated.
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If you have seen 4 to 5 there a good chance you have eggs to. Expect more as time goes on. When I do water changes I vacuum as many out as I can. But they have never been a problem and as others have said it usually a sign of a healthy tank.
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snails can more or less keep their numbers in check based on food available. if there isnt alot, there will be less snails, more food, more snails.
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snails can more or less keep their numbers in check based on food available. if there isnt alot, there will be less snails, more food, more snails.
+1, just be aware that the snails are omnivores so soft algae and dying leaves count as food too.

On the plus side, this means your cleanup crew will expand to fit the amount of algae/dead plant matter/leftover food you have. On the downside, if any of those three are a problem you can have a lot of snails very quickly.
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The worst that'll happen with these guys is you get a bunch and it doesn't look wonderful. They have a very low bio-load, so it's basically just a matter of looks.


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Thanks everyone For now I think I will allow them to stay. I do have some dying plants, and if they want to take care of them then that's perfect. If it does start to look too bad I'll most likely be force to do something about them :P
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If you do end up getting tired of them some Loaches absolutely devour snails. My substrate is littered with hundreds of pinhead sized skeletons that fell victim to the Yoyo Loach.
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I love having snails in all of my tanks for eating excess fish food, dead plant matter and algae. Some snails are pretty good looking too.

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I hate doing a tank without snails, it seems so silly. I love them so long as they are doing well. Only sucky part I guess is when you have a large population and the white shells are all over the sand....but hey, that's a good excuse to have a lot of plants to cover that up :P

I prefer the little bladder/ramshorn/MTS snails to things like mystery snails, simply because of how easy it is to let the smaller guys do their thing while the mystery are more of a focal point unless you have a ridiculously large setup, plus that I can maintain healthier populations of smaller snails than bigger snails.

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I got ton's of trumpet snails and some pond snails as well.
These snails travel about in the first few centimeter's of substrate while searching for food.
This helps keep the substrate aerated, and the waste they create (poop), goes back into the first few centimeter's of the substrate where plant's can use it for food.
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