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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have pond snails and I think they're reproducing faster than what I wanted to, but that's okay, I can pick them off when needed. My question, will they contribute a lot as far as nitrate into the tank? thanks
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If they're reproducing faster than you thought, that means you already have something in your tank that would be producing ammonia if the snails aren't eating it fast enough. It could be over-feeding, dead plant, or dead animals. There may be other reasons pond snails are having a population explosion, but those are my guesses. If you don't find somethig dead, then feed less.
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I love pond snails in my shrimp tank. I crush one or two once in a while and shrimps love the treat.
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It's been my experience with pond snails that they'll go thru a population boom when first introduced to a tank even in the face of fairly limited food. Even if you aren't over-feeding (it's happened in tank swhere I haven't been feeding at all), there's always food in a planted tank in the form of decaying plant material.

If you want to keep some in your tank, but limit their numbers, leave a few mature snails and concentrate your efforts on manually removing the smaller ones. Whether it's a hormonal inhbitor, slower reproduction rates in older adults or a few big ones out-compete hordes of small ones, I've consistently had better results this way.

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Alright that sounds good. They only showed up two weeks ago and they grow so fast, I only have shrimp so there's algae for shrimp and snails. I'll keep them in check, I'll just feel bad when I had to flush few of them, I suppose I can crush them and become shrimp food also.
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