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Cuddlebones are normally with the bird stuff.

First of all, check your water hardness. It can be soft (as low as 70) and it will be fine, but less than that and you get errosion. When it comes to feeding, you can give them algea waffers. Look for a good one with calcium. If you want to add calcium to food the cheap way, you can crush the cuddlebone into a powder, mix a bit of it with a few drops of water, and let the waffer soak it up. I found it was a bit less messy that way. They don't eat much and you can always underfeed and make him "work" for his food. I would go into varrying their diet with fresh veggies and sinking pellets and other stuff, but as this is a hitchiker, I will leave you with the basics. Best of luck hun
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Ponds snails are mainly scavengers but will eat live plants in a population overload.
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I wouldn't worry... Free algae cleaner!
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They create waste too. Plus they can overpopulate.
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haha unless your fish like to munch on em. our sorority doesn't have a snail problem anymore since the girls decided snails are a tasty snack.

+1 to this, I had a few come in on one of my plants from Petco. I picked of the few big ones I could see and definitely saw my girls clearing out all the little ones once they were planted. Pretty happy about that!
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S/he should leave my plant alone if I provide algae wafers once s/he gets a little bigger though, right? Because I probably will keep him/her as a cleaner (I was contemplating getting one once I moved Alpha to the 5gal anyways).
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He seems full grown. Unless they overpopulate they should leave your plants alone.
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Full grown at 2mm? Wow they're tiny!
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Underfeed him a bit. This will keep off the plants, but keep him from reproducing. It will also make him clean up scraps. I have Mysterys which get abou golfball size and I love um! They keep my plants healthy by munching up those dead leaves!
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I had a few Pond snails and ramshorns (I think) that came in on my plant order, and there were A LOT of them in my 10 gallon within a couple weeks. I think, though, they reproduced so fast because a lot of the plants were dying off those first few weeks, and perhaps the snails were just eating a lot. Now, there are almost none and I've added 3 assassin snails to the tank as well to make sure it doesn't get overrun.

A few snails doesn't hurt, especially when they're that small. In fact, they are beneficial when it comes to cleaning.

If you find egg clusters you can easily remove them. I found tons on my anubias leaves and just scraped them off.

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