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Any algae eating snails I could add?

I've had some algae in my 3 gallon. I'm honestly getting a bit tired of scraping it off hairgrass leaves. I've read that mystery snails will help clean algae, but I'm a bit worried that they would also munch on my dwarf hairgrass. I've also seen people recommend nerite snails, but I haven't seen them in any local pet stores.

So, are there any small, non-wildly-reproducing snails I could add to this tank? The tank is cycled, heated and filtered, and the only other inhabitant is a male betta. Thanks!

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I have both nerites and mystery snails. The nerite will not eat anything except algae (to the point where he starts wandering down the tubes of my sponge filters to get some). I'm not sure that they would climb up the grass to get at it though, mine prefers climbing more solid routes.

The mystery snails will nibble at the plants if there's more interesting food on and around them. My lily's leaves have some pretty heavy eating marks all over them. I love my mysteries and have enough plants that I don't mind them munching a bit on them.

Nerites are great for glass algae. Mystery snails are less picky. As far as I can tell all of the other types of snails for our tanks tend to reproduce tons. You could rectify that though by stocking MTS or whatever snails and when they bloom add an assassin snail. Assassin snails will munch on nerites or mysteries though so you have to make a choice of which you want more.

Also maybe consider ghost shrimp, red cherry shrimp, or other shrimp. They can be great algae cleaners too and will definitely enjoy eating it off grass.

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I have horned nerites that are so cute...they look like lil bumble bees. And I have olive nerites which are bigger and they are doing a wonderfu job!
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I have horned nerites that are so cute...they look like lil bumble bees. And I have olive nerites which are bigger and they are doing a wonderfu job!
Sorry a little off topic...where did you get your horned nerites? I really want one!

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Sorry a little off topic...where did you get your horned nerites? I really want one!
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I'm looking at them. They look reputable...I don't want 4 of the same kind though. I like to tell them all apart so I can name them [;

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Nerites! Love those little guys <3 I need to get some more, my sorority is looking slightly green lately.
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I'm looking at them. They look reputable...I don't want 4 of the same kind though. I like to tell them all apart so I can name them [;
I've ordered 2 times from them with no problems. I will have to start feeding them once the algae is cleaned up
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Thanks for the advice, everyone! I think I may just get a mystery snail. I really like how the fully grown ones look. I guess I can just remove it if it munches on the plants too much. I might also get a few ghost shrimp - I don't want to get any more pricey shrimp, just in case Opalo decides he likes live food.

Just making sure - it wouldn't be too overstocked if I added a mystery snail or a nerite snail and maybe 3-5 ghost or cherry shrimp, right?

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One mystery snail is probably the maximum. You can add the shrimp if you get a nerite. Just make sure you're on top of cleaning. Monitor the levels at first to make sure your BB can handle the new addition.

My 20 gallon community: 2 Mystery Snails - Arnold Sluggenator & Goldie Brawn, 1 Zebra Nerite Snail - Poop (my pet name for my boyfriend), 1 African Dwarf Frog Juan - Frog, 9 Male Endler's Livebearers - Cloudy, Clyde, Conga, Darius, Frank, Lemon, O'Rien, Peephole, Urkel & Various live plants - anacharis, anubias, hornwort, java fern, java moss, narrow leaf chain sword, water lily, water onion. The Prize Jewel - Dragonscale Crown Tail Betta - Sylvester "Sly" Capone
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