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Pest Snail how to get rid of

FishKeeper55

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Hmm I can understand why some people like to keep snails and been honest I had couple before like nerite type but I got a feeling there are Ramshorn snails, I manage to find one with slightly developed shell and compare to online images, at this stage the tiny and I mean tiny if I see any on glass is like little white spec, I don't have much knowledge regards snails but from reading around population can increase rapidly, also managed to pick some up from Ludwiga leaves., if there was couple in tank I wouldn't worry to much, I don't have this problem in big tank only this one so I know they hatched a ride on plants.

I always try to stay away from chemicals and is one of the reason I don't even use purigen in tanks, learned that once the tanks are mature the water is clear enough for my eyes, I'm running this little tank to learn more about plants then anything else, how to succeed in growing carpet ect., plants deficiency and so on, so I don't want something in tank that might interfere or munch on plants.
 

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Hmm I can understand why some people like to keep snails and been honest I had couple before like nerite type but I got a feeling there are Ramshorn snails, I manage to find one with slightly developed shell and compare to online images, at this stage the tiny and I mean tiny if I see any on glass is like little white spec, I don't have much knowledge regards snails but from reading around population can increase rapidly, also managed to pick some up from Ludwiga leaves., if there was couple in tank I wouldn't worry to much, I don't have this problem in big tank only this one so I know they hatched a ride on plants.

I always try to stay away from chemicals and is one of the reason I don't even use purigen in tanks, learned that once the tanks are mature the water is clear enough for my eyes, I'm running this little tank to learn more about plants then anything else, how to succeed in growing carpet ect., plants deficiency and so on, so I don't want something in tank that might interfere or munch on plants.

At risk of sounding repetitive in my support of Ramshorn snails, if your snails are indeed Ramshorns, they won't eat your plants, they will help keep them clean and free of algae.

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As already mentioned, while they can be unsightly in large numbers, they are pretty beneficial to the tank as a whole. If you don't overfeed or have lots of algae/detritus the population will stay small.

I used to try and keep snails out of my tanks at all costs but now won't run one without them.
 

FishKeeper55

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Snails in question are the Ramshorn snail? photo has been zoomed right in because they very very small so that's the best I could do

 

sparkyweasel

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population can increase rapidly,
They love to eat fishfood that your fish have missed. If you overfeed they will breed like crazy.

Without excess fishfood they mainly eat algae. If you have a lot of algae the snail population wil increase; when there are lots of snails, the algae goes down and so does the snail population. When it all comes into balance you get very few snails and no noticeable algae.

A population explosion is a sign of another problem, usually overfeeding.
 
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