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Let's face it, snails have a bad rap as pests and hitchhikers in our hobby. I recently "acquired" some ramshorn snails and I've been really impressed with their ability to graze on all types of algae. I swear they even ate the last bit of the BGA I was battling. I have about 200 of them in an ADA 90-P and they and 1 ottocinclus are the only algae eaters in the tank.

See the algae on the overflow? It was completely covered in that a week ago. If you've not kept them before they're worth another look.

 

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Here here, you said it brother. Snails have changed the way I keep my tanks. They are an important part of the cleanup crew.

I am gonna put in a good word for two of my other favorite snails...

Trumpet Snails.... They hide in the substrate during the day and only clean at night.
Pond Snails... Good cleaners and great food for my Dwarf Puffers!
 

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My ramshorns aren't touching my algae at all. I'm in the market for some assassins because I just got crypt wendtii and crypt lutea and have discovered that ramshorns eats crypt species.

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My ramshorns aren't touching my algae at all. I'm in the market for some assassins because I just got crypt wendtii and crypt lutea and have discovered that ramshorns eats crypt species.

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My ramshorns don't touch my plants (and I use crypts heavily), unless there is dead/decaying matter.
 

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My ramshorns aren't touching my algae at all. I'm in the market for some assassins because I just got crypt wendtii and crypt lutea and have discovered that ramshorns eats crypt species.
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Ramshorns do not eat healthy crypt leaves. They will keep them very clean. I have no less than 75 crypts in my 40 display the Ramshorns, MTS,Cherry & ammano shrimp and my SAE keep the tank algae free.

If you give Ramshorns a choice between fish food and algae, they will eat the fish food 1st. That's pretty much a universal trait in animals. They eat the opportunistic food source 1st.
 

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I looooooove my ramhorns! I actively encourage them to propagate to their heart's content. Makes the job of keeping the tank clean so much easier. Same with MTS, although they can get a little TOO prolific. In my flag fish tank I tend to over-feed so those MTS do a phenomenal job of cleaning up leftovers. The only downside that I can think of is if you have to medicate the tank. Then - big problems.
 

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My favorites are ramshorn, physa, and trumpet snails.
I like mystery snails as well, but I had them in my bigger tank and they all died at once and it was a nightmare :(
But now without them I have nothing to eat algae or melting plants. And it makes me sad :(

Nerites are also cool, they eat algae a lot better than ramshorns and pond snails. They can also go better with certain fish because they cling more tightly to the surface. The one think I don't like about them though is that they leave their white eggs everywhere and that the can't breed, meaning once they die, you need to shell out money for new ones.

I never tried the tylo species, might have to give them a go in my 10 or something. They are pricey but look pretty and breed very slowly.

Tbh, I never understood the point of assassin snails. Its like, lets kill my snails, by adding a different snail. Which still leaves you, with snails lol. They do look nice though but I wouldn't want them in a tank with inverts I value.
 

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I am quite attached to my snails. They do a great job of cleaning up. Beyond being part of the clean up they are interesting to watch too. They can cling/dangle almost to nothing as they move from leave to leaf.
 

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Good perspective on the snails. I used to try and get rid of them, but thanks to past comments like these began to think about it logically and quit worrying about reducing the population to zero. Still not a big fan of MTS given how prolific they are as it can get unsightly, but ramshorn with properly controlled feeding have stayed in check for me.
 

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When I was a little kid (I am 56 ok!) I used to be more fascinated with snails than fish. I think in a healthy tank they say "Yep we're all good in here!" to me...

..I am still a little kid... ;)
 

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My ramshorns aren't touching my algae at all. I'm in the market for some assassins because I just got crypt wendtii and crypt lutea and have discovered that ramshorns eats crypt species.
i have both plants in my tanks and ramshorns have never eaten a single leaf unless it was already starting melt so that might be the case with you especialy if they are new to the tank.
 

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I love watching my ramshorns chug across the tank - I often wonder if I could paint little racing numbers and flames on their shells...
 

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I've picked up bladder, ramshorn, and trumpet snails all by chance in the various plants I've bought from people here. The bladders drive me up the wall, reproducing like gremlins in a pool. The trumpet snails have worked out nicely, stirring up the substrate and keeping a low profile. I love my ramshorns to death. Watching them float upside down on the surface of the water is fun to watch, and when the red ones hit the light just right they glow neon pink. My 20 gal shrimp tank is now officially the shrimp and snail tank.
 
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