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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Little Pond Snails in the Tank!

So I just saw about 2 snails a few weeks ago and removed them. Now today I saw 4 and I could only remove out 2. It seems they may be multiplying quick...I also have some green algae growing on the sides of my tank.


I am sort of thinking of keeping them to control the algae but I don't want them to take over my tank. Has anyone owned a pond snail before? If so how do you control the population?

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You control the population by squashing into oblivion or removing every snail you see immediately. I cannot think of any reason at all why you would want to keep a pond snail, they don't help much, produce tons of waste, and multiply like there is no tomorrow. haha

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hmm I hate feeling their squishy body whenever I take them out >_<

Should I buy an assassin snail then? also do these snails reproduce fast and are they really helpful in cleaning the tank?

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you yu have a net or a turkey baster? that might help a lot :) The very best kind of snail in my opinion would be a freshwater nerite snail. They produce the least waste and eat the most algae, but if you have an existing snail problem and want to use a snail to combat that specifically, assassin snails would be the way to go!

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What I did was remove all the adults and then during water changes looked for egg sacs. Found them on Honey, the heater, the filter, the hamster tubes, the cave and individual pieces of gravel in addition to corners of the tank. Haven't seen a single snail baby yet since then.

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when we had them, we squished adults, and soaked all decor in hot as we could stand water, then wiped off and flushed all egg sacks (they're around here naturally, that's where we got the original group from), I found an egg sack recently on a plant I gathered at the lake, and threw it in the frog tank. free food.
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what does a pond snail egg sac look like?

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I don't know why but I'm laughing so hard at this.

But like everyone else said, take them out immediately. While they're super great at eating decaying plant matter and all that, they breed like rabbits and under any conditions. I purposely kept some around in a 1 gallon bowl that I clean like twice a month. I pay minimal attention to them and they've still multiplied from eight to at least 80.

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