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Old 05-10-2013, 11:55 AM   #1 
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snails while breeding?

Is it a bad idea to have ramhorn snails in my tank while breeding? And also after when the fry are free swimming???
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:52 PM   #2 
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I prefer after the fry are free swimming.. reason being is I've seen one too many snails go onto the nest and sometimes will eat the eggs, the very least will break it apart. No reason to have them in the tank until there are messes to clean up from feeding the fry.
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Ok so keep them out till fry are free swimming?
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:05 PM   #4 
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Yes, that is correct. I used apple snails in the past; they make huge mess lol.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:42 PM   #5 
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I just use a single mystery snail per fry tank - one of decent size will keep the tank clean just fine. For larger grow out tanks I will use certain pleco species that stay small or a couple snails.
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I just use a single mystery snail per fry tank - one of decent size will keep the tank clean just fine. For larger grow out tanks I will use certain pleco species that stay small or a couple snails.
well all I can get locally is ram horns so how many should I have per Fry tank? I have about 16 in four tanks but they are mating as well
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One or two per fry tank in my opinion.. can have a bit more in the grow outs. But they produce a lot of ammonia and waste, and ammonia is a very quick killer of fry if not careful. Why I just stick with one, possibly two depending upon snail size.
The type you have are just fine to use :)
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One or two per fry tank in my opinion.. can have a bit more in the grow outs. But they produce a lot of ammonia and waste, and ammonia is a very quick killer of fry if not careful. Why I just stick with one, possibly two depending upon snail size.
The type you have are just fine to use :)
Well they aren't very. Big about the size of a dime haha
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I don't use any snails. They will only make the water quality worse, not better. It is up to you to do proper cleanings and water changes. If you are adding ramshorns, only add one and make sure it is very young... You don't want a outbreak. If you are adding a snail, add it after they are all free swimming. Here's a pic that I pulled off of the web showing exactly why you add them after the fry are free swimming-
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