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Snails good or bad?

So in my previous tank I had alot of Malaysian trumpet snails and it was just regular inert gravel. They never really bothered me as their shells matched the substrate and they only came out an night (maybe even cleaned the glass a little).

My new tank is ecocomplete with a first layer of laterite. Snail free right now. Are snails a good thing to have in your tank (stirring up substrate) or should I keep is snail free. I am worried the shells will really show up on the black substrate and be an eyesore. Is it good to have them, do I need them?


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I have MTS's in all my tanks and wouldn't have a tank without them! 3 tanks are black diamond blasting powder.
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Ramshorns and Mysteries here. Just like Kat, I can't imagine a tank without them.

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I feel like my mts shells are easy to pick out and remove as needed

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I'm grateful to have snails in every tank. They're an excellent cleanup crew, and sometimes, good fish food.

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yeah i have to say I agree. especially MTS, cuz they don't breed insanely like pond snails, but still reproduce. Do you have any snail eating fish like loaches?

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I too have snails in all my tanks. I also have planaria and the moment I take out some snails, planaria rule the tank. I hate planaria. I just ordered some dog dewormer to get rid of the worms and need to see for sure that it is snail safe. Different thread I will post in a little while. Anyway, I like snails (MTSs) to kept toxic pockets from forming in the substrate and to eat leftover food. I love nerites for algae control and like mini ramshorns just because. Some of my fish might snack on the mini ramshorns but they seem to do well. And I have assassin snails in a couple of tanks. I bought them when they were still very rare in the US and have been selling them for years but I keep them restricted to just a few tanks. I used to keep mystery snails too but they took up too much tank space as mine were breeding all the time and I could not get myself to destroy the egg clusters. I finally decided to sell the clusters and let the last of the adult live out their lives. Been almost 2 years and now I miss them again, lol.

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I have MTS in my tank and they're a god send for me. My angels and gouramis are constant grazers. So poo everywhere!!! The MTS have done a great job utilizing the.endless poos and keeping my plants and everything else free of algae.

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I too have snails in all my tanks. I also have planaria and the moment I take out some snails, planaria rule the tank. I hate planaria. I just ordered some dog dewormer to get rid of the worms and need to see for sure that it is snail safe. Different thread I will post in a little while. Anyway, I like snails (MTSs) to kept toxic pockets from forming in the substrate and to eat leftover food. I love nerites for algae control and like mini ramshorns just because. Some of my fish might snack on the mini ramshorns but they seem to do well. And I have assassin snails in a couple of tanks. I bought them when they were still very rare in the US and have been selling them for years but I keep them restricted to just a few tanks. I used to keep mystery snails too but they took up too much tank space as mine were breeding all the time and I could not get myself to destroy the egg clusters. I finally decided to sell the clusters and let the last of the adult live out their lives. Been almost 2 years and now I miss them again, lol.
If you still miss Mystery snails come spring I can pick you out some males and we can work out a deal so you don't have to worry about eggs at all.
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I'm grateful to have snails in every tank. They're an excellent cleanup crew, and sometimes, good fish food.
Couldn't say it any better than this.

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The only snails I like are nerites, glass cleaner there is!
The whole notion of MTS stirring up the substrate being a positive thing is overrated. When I had MTS in my tank, unintentionally, I could never plant any small foreground plants into the tank because they would disrupt the substrate and uproot the small plants. I had small erio sulawesi, trithuria sp. E. Belem, so on. Annoying snails.

If you don't plan on planting small plants like common foregrounds (HC, hairgrass, glosso, etc) then go for it if they intrigue you. If not, I would recommend staying snail free. If you need a clean-up crew that badly, you're better off keeping shrimp.
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