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Old 08-22-2011, 11:44 AM   #11511 
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0.0 poor snail!
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:45 AM   #11512 
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What about snails? Aren't they supposed to be good with algae?
Depends on the snail. The most common ones (mystery snails) prefer leftover food and fresh veggies. Mine loved spinach.

A good algae eating snail is the nerite snail. Pretty awesome looking ones too.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:46 AM   #11513 
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I know. I tried scolding Apache but he just didn't listen *sigh*... he would have been better off living alone... I don't think he was even cut out for a divided tank. Too much stress for such an aggressive boy.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:46 AM   #11514 
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merf... I don't know about snails. I don't think they could eat all the algae that loves to grow in my tanks. I am literally thinking of starting over with a new, big tank, and just... never turn the light on... haha... thats the only way I can stop/control the algae!!

{edit: OR a Plecostemus! But not enough room for the pleco in a divded tank >.<}

Plus I'm sceeered of putting snails in with my bettas. The bettas like to try to eat their faces off >.< Poor snail I had with Apache lived in terror.. :/ Apache was very violent... lol But don't worry I saved the snail.
A little algae is not a bad thing. ;) But if it's taking over, you've got to figure out which kind you have, then fix the imbalance of nutrients/light that is causing it.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:47 AM   #11515 
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hmm nerite you say
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:47 AM   #11516 
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hmm nerite you say
For reference: http://www.planetinverts.com/zebra_nerite_snail.html
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:49 AM   #11517 
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dragon, I get brown algae on the tank walls/dividers/decorations... and then I got this bright green bubbly algae growing on top of my java moss... the only way I have ever been able to control the brown algae is by having a plecostemus.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:51 AM   #11518 
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oh my gosh that zebra nerite snail is so chubby and cute! hahaha
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:53 AM   #11519 
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How old is your tank? Diatoms are fairly common in younger tanks (less than 1 year old) and usually the situation resolves itself on its own once the tank matures a bit. It is an eyesore, to be sure! But usually nothing to worry about, unless the tank has been established for a long while and they suddenly appear out of nowhere.

Not sure about the green bubbly stuff, see if you can find it here: http://www.plantgeek.net/article_viewer.php?id=9
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:53 AM   #11520 
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How do snails do with live plants generally?
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