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My tank is cycling with few plants and no fish. I spotted one snail 1/4" in diameter and chugging along. Don't know what kind it is, should I take him out or leave him be? thanks
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You should take a picture of the snail. Most aquarium snail species pose no threat to shrimps and fishes, but some of them (ramshorn snail for example) are capable of reproducing extremely quickly, so they have the ability to become pests

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You should take a picture of the snail. Most aquarium snail species pose no threat to shrimps and fishes, but some of them (ramshorn snail for example) are capable of reproducing extremely quickly, so they have the ability to become pests
I'll take a picture once I spotted him again. I looked at the ransorn snail photo and he doesn't like like that.
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Bladder or pond snail?
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If you don't want snails in your tanks, take him out. Easier to remove 'em before they fully infiltrate (although the bad news is that if you see one snail, you've probably more, or eggs, elsewhere in the tank).

Personally, I like snails and consider them a valuable asset in my tanks. Even those dreaded malaysian trumpet snails. And, yes, sometimes conditions occur in which their populations boom--in which case it's just one more of those balancing acts that make keeping aquariums challenging and fun.
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I like snails, I had lots of them in my reef. I thought freshwater snails eat plants.
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I like snails, I had lots of them in my reef. I thought freshwater snails eat plants.
Nope, just a few types eat living plants, the rest happily munch away at left over fish food, decaying plant material and algae. My 37g, heavily planted, has: several types of nerites, rams horns, malaysian trumpets, pond, bladder and assassin snails. Looking to add a couple orange rabbit snails soon as well.
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Nope, just a few types eat living plants, the rest happily munch away at left over fish food, decaying plant material and algae. My 37g, heavily planted, has: several types of nerites, rams horns, malaysian trumpets, pond, bladder and assassin snails. Looking to add a couple orange rabbit snails soon as well.
Ok that sounds good, I'll keep any hitchhiking snails.
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You should take a picture of the snail. Most aquarium snail species pose no threat to shrimps and fishes, but some of them (ramshorn snail for example) are capable of reproducing extremely quickly, so they have the ability to become pests
Nah, just don't overfeed. Snails are benefitial in a shrimp tank, bacteria grow on the slime trails and the shrimp feed on those. Leave the snail!
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I'm another pro-snail person here. Usually through plants or something, I'll end up with some eventually. In the rare event I don't and it's my first tank, I'll actually go out and request snails when I buy plants/fish.

Most of my tanks tend to be of the messy, low-tech variety, but so far I don't think snails eat healthy plants. usually when I see them eating a plant, it's already damaged/diseased.

Plus, they are good for getting at excess fishfood, or on those unfortunate occasions, dead fish.

I also tend towards the attitude that more diversity is a good thing, so as long as some organism isn't actively causing a problem in my tanks, I'm usually glad to see it there.
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