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I have 17g tank, what snails and how many should I get? thanks
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I like mystery snails, different colors, lay eggs above waterline so its easy to remove and trash if you don't want more. Only problem they produce LOTS of waste so you need a good filter. But for a 17 gallon you can get 8-9
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I like mystery snails, different colors, lay eggs above waterline so its easy to remove and trash if you don't want more. Only problem they produce LOTS of waste so you need a good filter. But for a 17 gallon you can get 8-9
I red up on mystery snails and they can very big, probably not ideal for 17g. Is there any smaller snail that would help with cleaning and not eating plants?

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I red up on mystery snails and they can very big, probably not ideal for 17g. Is there any smaller snail that would help with cleaning and not eating plants?
I have two in my 18g. Plenty of room. Only problem I have is feeding them. The shrimp are making it hard to feed them.

If they are too big for you, you can get ramshorn snailsl.

Ramshorns come in different colors (brown, pink, red, blue). They don't eat plants unless they are dying. Help keep the tank clean.

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Mystery and ranshorm both can reproduce very quickly, so it's easy for their population to get out of control. I would personally pick ramshorn over mystery, mysteries get quite large and reproduce very quickly, ramshorns are much smaller. If you can you should get nerite snails, they lay unsighty eggs but don't reproduce in freshwater. A mature 17g should be able to support 2-4 snails. The other thing about nerite is they have a voracious appetite for algae

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Mystery snails reproduce quickly? If you dont want them to reproduce then pull out the big egg sacs when you see them.. They're huge and easy to see.

Ramshorns, on the other hand, lay small egg sacks EVERYWHERE in your tank. I like them a lot but if you feed even a hair too much their population can skyrocket.
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Looks like nerite might be the right choice for me.
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I would recommend entire snails. They eat algea like crazy I love mine I'm looking for about 10 more and best thing they do to reproduce in freshwater only Brackish which is nice to know bc I don't want a snail infestation in my discus planted tank
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what are entire snails? Did you mean nerite? keep in mind nerites lay eggs all over which some people don't like, but they won't hatch.
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sorry. I was thinking a snail only tank ha... I love mysteries to the point that I have 3 tanks of nothing but snails.
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Horned Nerites are great. I don't seem to get as many white dots (eggs) as I did with the zebras etc. They can't reproduce in freshwater and are very busy snails, especially at night. I like them a lot.
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