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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-11-2019, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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For those who have snails ....a couple questions.

So...... I've suddenly got tiny snails in the new tank. Sorry no pics yet. I don't know what kind they are (the cute kind?) They tend to come out at night and crawl on the glass. I've seen one on a submerged Pothos leaf. They're surprisingly fast.

I don't mind them. If they can survive the ammonia more power to them. Or am I being an idiot and I'm going to wind up with 100s of them? A snail palooza!

I'm planning on Nerites. They look cool, love algea. But open to suggestions.

Anyone have favorite snails?

Those Apple/Mystery snails are fun but the tank's too small and they poop way too much.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-12-2019, 04:22 AM
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From the sounds of it you have pond snails. The eggs probably came in on a plant and hatched. They are in my opinion pests and should be gotten rid of any way you can. You may just wind up with 1000s of them if you keep them.
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If they are pond snails and you like them (some keepers do) you can get a snail catcher to scrape any excess off the glass. It's basically a roller that scoops them up if they start getting out of control. It's a pretty cheap and effective item. An assassin snail would also help control high numbers.
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Thanks for the info. Yes the eggs hitchhiked a ride in. At first I was removing the babies but I decided to let two remain to see what happens.

I'm going to leave the two for now and if I wind up with a major snail fest I can't say I wasn't warned.

Since they climb up on the glass (presumably for air) it's easy to remove them (well so far).

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I was keeping snails to feed my dwarf puffer when he was alive... now he’s gone and I still have snails. I find if you don’t over feed and clean the tank well they won’t reproduce rapidly. They love a dirty tank with lots of food, if you give them that they will reproduce rapidly!
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@bettatanksalot I've heard that before and I think it was from a video with Cory from Aquarium Co-Op

I seem to remember him saying that snails will self regulate with respect to food abundance so I'm glad to hear your experience bears that out.






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@bettatanksalot I've heard that before and I think it was from a video with Cory from Aquarium Co-Op

I seem to remember him saying that snails will self regulate with respect to food abundance so I'm glad to hear your experience bears that out.

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Yep, we tell members that all of the time: More food in, more baby snails out.
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Sounds good; nature doing its thing.

Is there a colorary in there "A watched tank never cycles"? ;)



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I don't see them anymore and found a dead one on the filter intake.

It's possible the massive ammonia and nitrite spikes killed them off.

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I'm currently on a steep learning curve.

1 x 5.5 gallon tank
1 x betta who is a faddy eater and tends to let food sink to the bottom. In fact, I think he bobs about to break the surface tension deliberately, and then doesn't eat anything that is sinking.
zillions of yellow shrimp who vacuum up all the spare food and then produce babies
10 x zilliions of pond snails who are loving the whole situation. They must think it is a holiday resort.
2 x assassin snails who don't eat the baby snails and wait til they have got big enough to be laying eggs before they nab them...

and so the cycle continues.

lol

I am beginning to think that the answer is to move Tagawa (the betta) out, and then do a really strict ration control feeding program.
Meanwhile offloading excess yellow shrimp to local fish stores.

Unfortunately, Tagawa is a devil to feed. He won't eat New Life Spectrum (pellets too big). He won't eat powdered NLS. He won't eat Repashy, or blood worms, and he is hopeless at catching daphnia. He will eat Fluval Bug Bites, but only 2 fragments out of 10.

I stopped feeding the shrimp months ago, and yet they still breed on Tagawa's crumbs.

I can see two berried females jigging about on a crypt as I type. Mocking me with their pre-natal classes.

Snailwise... I think the Assassins need to get breeding soon. Or I will be importing more.
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22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
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