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I don't think you can legally release them in Califorina; especially if they're pond snails. They are an invasive species and can harm the natural balance.
You can get an Assassin snail and it will take care of them. I've only had mine a couple of weeks and they've already made an impact on pond snail numbers in my tank. Don't know if you can have them with the Nerite or not. The only other alternative is to destroy them yourself.
That's a ramshorn snail. they are asexual, so they can reproduce alone. But you can control that by not overfeeding. what size tank is it?
I personally love my ramshorns. Actually I love all my snails. ramshorns are good for cleaning extra food up and algae. personally, i ink you've go nothing to worry about. Like i said, be careful of feeding and you should b fine
they will be fine with a nerite
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I brought 1 nitrite snail per tank because I had a bad algae problem. I didn't have to feed them as long as algae grew on the walls of my tank. But now that the snails have erradicated all the algae in my tank, I have to feed them algae waffers once a week. As long as you have waste/algae for them to eat, you are good. Once you run out of both you have to feed them.
On the bright side, my tank walls have never been cleaner. :D
Well, crap, I was really hoping they weren't ramshorns.
What do you mean by overfeeding? You don't feed snails, right? Don't they just feed off of algae/waste?
Oh, and it's a 10-gallon.
Aw why not? ramshorns aren't that bad. Of all the "pest" snails, they're my second favorite. I keep quite a few of them in mason jars. c:
Quick tidbit though, they're actually *not* asexual. They are, however, hermaphroditic meaning that all you need is two snails (and sometimes one if that snail had been previously fertilized, which is where the asexual thing stems from) to make hundreds. But as djembekah pointed out, you can definitely control that by not overfeeding. By that, she means don't add any supplemental feedings unless they run out of things to eat in your fish tank, which in this case would be algae and decaying plant matter.
Overall I think they're pretty nifty little things but to each their own. If you don't want it, destroy it since it's illegal to release them into the wild.
We've purchased so many plants lately and had a few hitchhikers as well. After a few months, I've had to completely re-do my 10 gallon tanks because they infested both so badly they took over the tank. One tank had upwards of 300 snails in it when i cleaned it out - no over feeding but it was a heavily planted tank so i guess they didn't need any other food. It was awful. We've gotten some assassin snails to help with them but even in my new red cherry shrimp tank that we tried to be so very careful not to put snails in, they are now popping up all over the plants and I've yet to see a big one just tiny ones.
I love the assassin snails but the trumpet and pond snails - do not like them at all.
I may like a snail that doesn't reproduce so much, but not sure what other kinds that would be.