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Old 09-26-2012, 11:57 AM   #1 
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Why does everyone hate snails?

Just wondering why everyone is so paranoid of snails coming on plants etc :)
I was looking through my tank for some snails to seed my new tank, and was dissappointed to find that I either didn't have enough, or that they were too tiny to catch. I've had their mommies and daddies for 6 months or so now... and they've been growing very slowly, especially since I only feed the betta

I love them especially in planted tanks because they eat part of the plants that are dying and helps greatly with the process of breaking things down, instead of leaving it to some nasty bacteria/fungi.

plus the babies are just too cute!

so why do you love / hate snails coming on your plants?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:59 AM   #2 
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It's bc I tend to overfeed and get snail explosion.

It's me not them.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:03 PM   #3 
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I love snails
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:10 PM   #4 
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Small tank and they create a HUGE bioload. Plus my tank is not snail proof and I don't want them crawling in my bedroom, gross.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:16 PM   #5 
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XDclimbing all over the bedroom? XD
scary! I think the only snail that comes out of the tank is a nerite :P
Would you mind snails if you had plants to soak up the bioload?
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:25 PM   #6 
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I am just afraid with the pond snails that there would to way to many, but there are a few in Perseus`s tank that came off some plants and when they do pop up he eats them unless I can get to them first and put them in with my others that I keep in their little tank and wow do these guys lay alot of eggs..wow and they poop bunches that I have clean out with my turkey blaster..lol But yeah they are cute I really like them !
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:52 PM   #7 
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@ Perseusmom I need to get a turkey baster for that exact reason! lol! Not for turkey since I am a vegetarian. :D

I LOVE SNAILS! :) They are super cute the way they move around and how when they are on the tank wall you can see their mouth. *giggle* It makes me smile. I agree though that too many snails in a smaller tank is no good. So it is tricky. I love them but I don't want 30 in my 2.5 gal tank! BTW my Nerite snail is named Thor! The reason is he is almost impossible to get off the tank wall. Strong little guy!
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:07 PM   #8 
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lolol
that reminds me of when I had a nerite snail and reallyshallow sand substrate. he'd latch himself onto the glass down the bottom and I could never pull him off!

And I have 30+ snails in my 2.5 XD really tiny though. my water params are just perfect in a way that they die when they get to a certain size and the life cycle begins again :D
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:10 PM   #9 
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If I had a HUGE planted tank I would like to have some assassin snails Altier (sp?) and Estazio. >:D they are my favorite snails and would keep pound snail populations down. Either that or one apple snail or pretty mystery snail.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:10 PM   #10 
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@aokashi Wow! I wanna see pic of your tank! I'm intrigued. :) Roughly how long does a snail live?
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