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Old 03-30-2012, 01:33 AM   #1 
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cold water agea eater?

So o am having a bit of trouble with a lot of algae in my 30 gallon that houses an Axolotl, and some feeder minnows, but those won't last long. There are ramshorn and trumpet snails in there, but they don't seem to be doing a whole lot about the algae, is there any type of fish that would be too big to be eaten, and that won't harm my Axolotl, that can also tolerate temperatures between 63 and 68 degrees? If not, is there another type of snail i should get? Please and thank you all in advance!!

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Old 03-30-2012, 11:32 AM   #2 
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I would get some pond snails. If you have Malaysian trumpet snails, they are a tropical snail and don't really move much in colder water. I would literally go out to a local pond and try to grab some snails from that. I don't know what you have locally, but I prefer ramshorns (this term refers to many different species worldwide) because they tend to grow largest and eat the most.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:39 AM   #3 
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My ramshorns don't get much bigger than dimes, and are flat spirals. I don't know if that helps or not lol! The snails i have in there now are all left over from when the 30 was a tropical tank, i didn't even think they wouldn't like cold water. ^^;; would, say, a trapdoor snail do the trick? They sell them at my local pond store. Alternately, could i use mystery snails, or are they tropical as well?
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I think mystery snails are tropical. Trapdoor snails advertised as pond snails would work. Basically you want a subtropical to temperate snail.
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Ooh, okay. :) thank you so much!
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:46 PM   #6 
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I have heard that BN Plecos can live in "colder" temps (like high 60's). And they do not get too big. :)
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Yes, but i can't buy them full grown, the size they sell at the store is so small my axolotl would try to eat it. I heard rubber lip plecos can do colder water too, but it's the same problem with them being sold so small.
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