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Ohh, the plague! 馃悓馃悓馃悓 馃槻 Snail plague in the aquarium? There is nothing worse than seeing your aquarium being taken over and even destroyed some plants by snails multiplying like mad! (worse than rabbits 馃悋 馃檲)

Don't say we didn't warn you 馃槂 Our article this week is all about these little creatures, so well worth a read, so you don't get caught out 馃槈

馃挜 Different ways of fighting snails in the aquarium
馃挜 Pros and cons of these methods
馃挜 What can be the cause of the snail invasion?

Enjoy our article 'The plague of snails in the aquarium' and let us know if you have a snail-free aquarium or have just learned to live with them.
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From my limited experience avoiding "pest" snails can drive you bananas. I actually think they have some merit in the fact they do help clean up detritus and some algae. I am a firm believer in a population explosion of snails means an excessive food source for them. Control the food source and you control the population.
 

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From my limited experience avoiding "pest" snails can drive you bananas. I actually think they have some merit in the fact they do help clean up detritus and some algae. I am a firm believer in a population explosion of snails means an excessive food source for them. Control the food source and you control the population.
From personal experience, I have always found snails to be helpful. They take care of excess food, they help with algae on the surface of leaves (sometimes) and they can even be food for some of the fish too.

The only snail I have discovered eating my healthy plants are Giant ramshorn snails. Those guys destroyed several plants overnight. NEVER AGAIN
 

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At some point , snails are inevitable, everybody's going to get them. I have RH's which I introduced and a two pesty kinds, very small that came in on plants. The RH keep my low tech tanks spotless, haven't cleaned the glass in almost a year. As long as you feed them appropriately, they will leave the plants alone. Don't confuse snails eating standing dead plants(not growing) vs healthy growing plants. I'm not in favor of chemical warfare to rid the pest ones, so I just deal with them.

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As long as you feed them appropriately, they will leave the plants alone.
Thankfully that's the case for most of the snails in the hobby in the US. Unfortunately not the case for Giant Ramshorn (think relative of Apple Snails - they're huge), as they will eat nearly anything in their path. They're considered an invasive species in most of North America.
 
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