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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Otto / Nerite / Help?

I have been looking through past data and opinions are great but I need to hear from people with experience and know whether it is worth using snails.

I have diatoms in my planted tank and I am considering using Nerite snails however I had a disaster in my past with snail's and my sand becoming clogged with snail waste etc.

Are Nerite's the way to go here? I just added 4 Otto's to this planted 2 from my other tank and 2 new ones. I am hoping they will make a dent.
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Having a 40G already way past the diatom stage, my thoughts.
I have always had 3 mollies, picked lots of plants and structure clean.
Purchased 1 red tail shark, he is a clean up monster.
No corries, pleco, sae's or anything of the sort.
This was not enough, I still had to clean glass every 2 weeks.

Bought 2 nerites to see if they would live in 45ppm of CO2.
All typical bladder and ramhorn, mts didn't make it.
They made it so I bought 4 more for a total of 6.
I no longer clean glass or scrub hardscape with a toothbrush.

Problem for me was how many, didn't want more than needed.
6 in a 40G seems great after 2 months of no cleaning.
100% survival rate so far. They still have plenty to eat.
No cleaning for me.

Forgot to add there are 2 Amano shrimp and about 12 ghost shrimp in there to.
Only visible during flake food feeding times though.

Nerites are also cleaning plants too.
No plant damage either.

At least this is one success story.

Sorry for a long post but I am pleased with their progress.
Truly didn't think it would help much.

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Although I don't have diatom issues, I've always kept a decent amount of ottos in my tanks, I believe they do an amazing job. Nerite snails I believe also work although I don't like keeping them as I hate the eggs they lay through the tank. That's just me though.
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I have four of the "black racer" branded nerites in my 40b with sand substrate. I don't notice any waste, etc, specifically from them. They constantly graze around the tank. I also have four of the smaller mixed nerites, think hybrid tiger and zebra nerite looking. They used to freak me out as I would find them in the filter. Learned to let it go, they knew what they were doing and always climbed out and back in the tank. In the 40b I also have 5 ottos and I can't say specifically they do much. When I observe them they are either just sitting on a plant leaf or flitting around the tank together. I do have 8 Amano and an albino bn pleco in the tank as well. They have all been together for a bit over 2 months.
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My four Nerite's do a great job of keeping my paludarium free of diatoms. I love those little guys, but yeah the eggs are getting annoying.

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