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Old 07-29-2012, 06:50 PM   #1 
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Found snails in betta tank

So ... I finally got snails - not by choice however. I know they come from plants, which i find rather strange considering i haven't bought any new ones in awhile. I was really digging up the gravel today to do some replanting and put some laterite in - they didn't come from that did they? I do seem to recall seeing things before that I thought were plant spores so I chucked them, or dropped them back in the tank.

I'm not particularly interested in getting rid of them and I could really use the help with algae. So, my question is; what am I looking for to make sure they don't become a nuisance to my betta? I know they can cause disease, and one thing to watch out for is a spike in ammonia but other than that what else?
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:33 PM   #3 
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I have tons of baby snails in my 10 gallon NPT, all from plants.. no increase in ammonia, but then it's a heavily planted NPT so it's probably getting eaten. Anyway, the baby ramshorns are doing a brilliant job at cleaning up a bit of diatom growth on some crypt leaves, and the pond snails suck the algae off the glass. If you have a lot of plants that are actively growing, a few snails won't hurt. If the number gets insane you can always squish a few..

I know pond snails can be a part of some parasites' life cycles, but you'd have to be pretty darned unlucky (or maybe a duck..) to contract anything off of them, especially if they've hatched in your tank (eggs on leaves are hard to see, this is how most of mine arrived..).
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