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Old 09-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #1 
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alternative to snails?

so i have had snails in my goldfish tank, but 2 died on me... my goldfish would occasionally nip at them... water levels seemed to be fine and it looks like there is plenty of algae on the sides of the tank. i now have algae growing in my betta tank, and am afraid to add snails because the same thing would happen... any recommendations? would the betta fish do the same thing as the goldfish? is there another type of cleaning fish you recommend?

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Old 09-02-2010, 01:20 PM   #2 
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How big were the snails you had? You could try using larger ones such as trapdoor snails, nerite snails, and apple snails.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:33 PM   #3 
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You can try oto catfish. They are supposed to be great for algae and they stay pretty small.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:21 PM   #4 
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1.5"X1.5"... any why bigger? and aren't apple snails the same as mystery snails?

try here: http://www.finsfeatherspawsclaws.com...aeinstock.html i don't see oto catfish, but i did see catfish in there.

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Old 09-02-2010, 02:36 PM   #5 
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1.5"X1.5"... any why bigger? and aren't apple snails the same as mystery snails?

try here: http://www.finsfeatherspawsclaws.com...aeinstock.html i don't see oto catfish, but i did see catfish in there.

one link to dwarf sucker mouths Aka ottos.
http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/Fis...o-vittatus.htm
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:04 PM   #6 
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Mystery snails are most always some form of Apple snail.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:50 PM   #7 
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what do you think of this article: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Fish-1472...Betta-tank.htm is this otos what you are speaking of? and is it really true that snails make more of a mess than they clean up? and someone recommended the chineese algae eater... it says they are aggressive and get bigger... would this not be a good option for me?

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what do you think of this article: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Fish-1472...Betta-tank.htm is this otos what you are speaking of? and is it really true that snails make more of a mess than they clean up? and someone recommended the chineese algae eater... it says they are aggressive and get bigger... would this not be a good option for me?
Chinese Algae Eaters Get massive, Way too big for small tanks


And Yes thats the otto We were talking about, look at my link it even shows a picture (post above yours)
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:43 PM   #9 
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How big is your tank?
Snail, ottos, cat fish..etc.....that are usually put in tanks for clean-up- also need to be fed on a regular basis or they may starve to death in a closed system.
Also-algae eater don't eat every kind of algae in the aquarium-they only eat some types of algae not all algae in the closed system, the best algae remover and clean up crew is the hobbyist......
Finding the root cause of the algae and fixing that could be an even better option than adding more fish or snails....and anything added to the tank that eats will produce waste.......
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:21 PM   #10 
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10 gallons for the betta... i have a 20 gallon one for my goldfish... sorry, what is a closed system? is that where you don't need to feed them at all, and they rely on what grows in the tank?
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