View Full Version : Apistos and snails

07-17-2008, 11:13 AM
Will my Apistogramma Cacatuoide TRs or the rummy nose tetras eat snails if I put some in my tank?

I am thinking about getting a few octos for some algae that is starting to take over. What kind of snails will help out with an algae problem?

07-17-2008, 04:02 PM
I know Keyhole Cichlids are very good Snail Eaters :)

07-17-2008, 04:19 PM
I have never had cacatuoides seek out and eat snails. However, I am sure that they snack on some of the tiny babies. The big limiting factor on snails in my Apisto tanks is the low hardness and pH. The lack of calcium in the water causes the snails to have very soft shells and newly hatched snails often can't build a shell at all. This really keeps the population down. In fact, I try to keep a couple of hard water tanks running as snail hatcheries so that I have some to supplement the tanks where they can't thrive. I have never had much trouble with snails eating eggs and since they don't easily reproduce I find them to be a great addition to my tanks.


07-17-2008, 05:45 PM
As long as the snails are biggerthan the fishes mouths, you should be okay.

07-17-2008, 06:30 PM
My Keyholes & Filamentosus will snack on snails but all the Apisto's don't even look at them twice... Olive Nerite Snails are fantastic algae eaters and won't touch any plants you have.

07-18-2008, 10:03 PM
They should get along fine, my apisto viejita don't go near the snails I have in my tank (ramshorns and mts) though my black morpho tetras will.

07-18-2008, 11:04 PM
The Apistos and rummynosse wouldn't. Also i think you mean otto short for ottocinclus.

07-18-2008, 11:19 PM
Hmm... Octos... maybe octopus would be good algae cleaners. If only there were freshwater ones! But since they eat inverts you'd be stuck with one or the other. :wink: