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Snail help?

I'm looking for a snail that won't eat algae, but clean up some left over food on substrate.

Won't reproduce rapidly (unlike ramshorns, ponds, etc)

Can live in temps 78-80F without problems.

Any ideas? I'm stumped.


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Those are pretty. However they'll eat all my algae in no time flat. I like having algae on my glass walls for baby shrimp.


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My mystery snails pretend to eat algae but they are so fast to attack left over food it's crazy. They don't do much that I have noticed to actually clean algae up although they may be doing it slightly.
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great now i have that same question(but for 70-72 degree water)! i have never thought about it, but i remember someone saying that rabbit snails are not very interested in algae?

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great now i have that same question(but for 70-72 degree water)! i have never thought about it, but i remember someone saying that rabbit snails are not very interested in algae?

Mystery snails are great for 70-72F and come in some awesome colors. I really like them, but they don't last long in 78+

Rabbits may be my best option.


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My Assassins eat anything that falls in their path. Bloodworm day is their favorite, however. :-) That's when I know how many I really have.
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Supposedly rabbits eat plants so watch out
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I had to put my 4 small yellow rabbits and 1 orange poso in their own tank because they decimated the planted tank they were in. They have left the dwarf water lettuce and hornwort alone because it's floating but anything I plant, doesn't stay planted for long.

I absolutely love Ernie the Orange poso though, if you aren't going to use them in a planted tank they are beautiful. The mini yellow I got to breed but they haven't thrown one baby in the entire time I have had them.

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Only assassins to my knowledge won't eat algae and are purely carnivorous. They will reproduce if you have two, but not as quickly as pond snails or mts. I have them in my fry grow out tanks to eat up the leftover high protein foods, but believe me, they do not eat the algae lol.

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Only assassins to my knowledge won't eat algae and are purely carnivorous. They will reproduce if you have two, but not as quickly as pond snails or mts.
And yet, mine love green beans. They'll eat anything, and quickly if it has a decent protein content.

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Ya, ok, protein. But algae doesn't have that.
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http://molluscs.at/gastropoda/index....eshwater2.html

this might help, or at the very least it was a great read for me.

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