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What you favorite snail and why?

Just at the title says, what is your favorite type of snail to keep in a planted tank and why? I post this as I consider adding some type of snail to my tank. I have, up until recently, been the person who fears snails and a population explosion, unsightliness, etc... I recently 'adopted' a pond/ bladder snail in a plant purchase, and have actually found myself enjoying it cruse around the aquarium.

So, I pose the question; What is your favorite and why? Bonus points for pictures!



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The golden mystery snail is perfect for comedy relief but I prefer the look of the nerites. See tank journal for some pics.

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Nerites are good looking and munch algae like crazy but my favorites are MTS. They eat algae (atleast babies do), they root around in the sand, and they eat left over everything. As long as ur tank isn't over fed they stay in control as well, plus I like how the adults look.
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I just ordered snails for the 1st time, have gotten many "Free" snails if you know what I mean... but got 3 Nerite's coming and actually pretty excited. The free ones (100's) I have do a great job cleaning algae and I don't get why people wouldn't like them except for overbreeding of course.

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I like my little ramshorn snails. Most people consider them a pest, but they eat algae and decaying plant matter, they love my hard water, they don't leave little white eggs everywhere that are impossible to remove, and some of them get some pretty iridescent colors in their shells.

The only bad thing is they do reproduce easily, but I just remove the extras when I do tank maintenance.

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I just ordered snails for the 1st time, have gotten many "Free" snails if you know what I mean... but got 3 Nerite's coming and actually pretty excited. The free ones (100's) I have do a great job cleaning algae and I don't get why people wouldn't like them except for overbreeding of course.
Overbreeding and aesthetics, at least for me. I'd rather use my biofilter capacity for beautiful snails and shrimp than grotesque things like bladder snails or ramshorns.

Another wonderful thing about nerites is that they don't breed in the tank, so I can have large numbers of them. Mystery and chopstick snails I can only keep singly, but that just makes them centerpieces.

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Here's a pic of a free one, no clue what kind or considered nuisance. But I love 'em Edit: Added another because it mouth showed up great lol
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Here's a pic of a free one, no clue what kind or considered nuisance. But I love 'em Edit: Added another because it mouth showed up great lol
That's a bladder snail or pond snail. Yes, usually considered a nuisance. I don't like them because they look like bloated ticks to me...probably the elongated shell. But they will clean algae and detritus like other snails, and you will have a never-ending population of them.

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That's a bladder snail or pond snail. Yes, usually considered a nuisance. I don't like them because they look like bloated ticks to me...probably the elongated shell. But they will clean algae and detritus like other snails, and you will have a never-ending population of them.

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Yeah I figured! Thanks for the ID. I guess if gets out of hand I could get a couple assassin snails or loaches. Lightly stocked in this tank so far as it's a newer tank. I personally have a hard time killing anything so we'll see. Lol

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I like my little ramshorn snails. Most people consider them a pest, but they eat algae and decaying plant matter, they love my hard water, they don't leave little white eggs everywhere that are impossible to remove, and some of them get some pretty iridescent colors in their shells.

The only bad thing is they do reproduce easily, but I just remove the extras when I do tank maintenance.

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These are the ones I have been thinking to get. Do they get large? I don't want massive snails in this tank.



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These are the ones I have been thinking to get. Do they get large? I don't want massive snails in this tank.
Hey, no don't get those, just get regular ramshorn not the mini ramshorn. The mini's are really tiny like a mm or two. You want regular ramshorn, they usually are available in blues, reds, leopard patterns and get to be around 1/2" - 3/4"
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Hey, no don't get those, just get regular ramshorn not the mini ramshorn. The mini's are really tiny like a mm or two. You want regular ramshorn, they usually are available in blues, reds, leopard patterns and get to be around 1/2" - 3/4"
Okay, good to know! I'll research those more. Snails... a world I though I would never research. Shrimp soon maybe?? Haha
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That is pretty sweet looking- thanks for sharing!



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I love nerite snails as hard workers and green spot algae cleaners.
Ramshrons snails are my fav 'pest' snail for diatoms. Blue leopard ramshorn are the jackpot-use to have but can't find the old old old photos.
MTS are good for sand substrate to sift and avoid air pockets+ give poop root feeding plants like swords.
See my avatar for nerite, giant brown ramshorns (with pink ramshorn following and pond snail ontop of) below
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