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03-30-2014, 11:59 AM #1
So today I went to clean the algae off my cycling 6 gallons glass, and what I thought was debris turns out to be a snail! 2 in fact. They are only around 3mm in size, I presume they arrived on some of the live plants I put in, but they have been in for over 2 weeks and the ammonia has been as high as 2mg/l + nitrite over 5mg/l, how can they be alive?
27 Gallon planted: Super Dragon Betta, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Checker barbs, Bolivian Ram, Otocinclus, Amano shrimp, Assassin snails.
75 Gallon Reef: Ocellaris Clownfish pair, Firefish, Royal Gramma, Bangaii Cardinal, Midas Blenny, Coral Beauty Angelfish, Cleaner Shrimp, 18+ crabs and snails
03-30-2014, 01:09 PM #2
Pest snails are just tough little buggers. I had some live through the high nitrite part of a cycle on a 5 gallon tank.
03-30-2014, 05:48 PM #3
I had an outbreak of Ich and dosed with Malachite Green. That stuff is supposed to kill inverts. Not my snails. hahaha. They are tougher than you'd think.Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.
You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.
03-30-2014, 05:59 PM #4
Accidentally introduced bladder snails to a quarantine. Lived through all the supposedly harmful medications, as well as salt. Why can't desirable species be that tough too?
03-30-2014, 06:57 PM #5
I was reading about the best way to dispose of pest snails a few days ago and saw that apparently they can survive chlorine and bleach! What in the world... and the mentioned best way to dispose of any removed is baking or freezing because they can survive and thrive if flushed or tossed out. I wish they didn't reproduce so quickly so we could call a truce and I wouldn't be killing snails constantly all day long..65g: 12 Neon Tetras, 12 Zebra Danios, 7 Panda Cory, 2 Honey Gourami, 2 Clown Plecos, 4 Bloodfin Tetra, 3 Whitecloud and some snail hitch hikers... *shakes her fist*
40g breeder in the works. (too many directions to go.. can't decide)
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" Thomas A. Edison (i find this to be true in this hobby)
04-01-2014, 02:43 PM #6
50 Gallon -
Endlers | Guppies | Blue Eyed Rice | Celestial Pearl Danios | Threadfin Rainbows | Bronze Cory's
Albino Cory's | Nerite Snails | Ghost Shrimp
04-01-2014, 04:46 PM #7
I've had the same experience with pond snails... they're tough as nails and can survive anything with exception to freezing cold water, lack of water and snail eaters (like puffers, loaches and assassin snails).
It makes sense, when you think about it. They're nature's little garbage disposals. They eat decaying everything... cleaning the area where they live. Decay leads to the release of harmful toxins to most, but it's like following a trail of grilled steak fumes to them. ;P
04-01-2014, 05:44 PM #8
04-01-2014, 05:46 PM #9
04-01-2014, 06:20 PM #10
lol, we finally have some good weather around here... You can tell what I'm thinking. ;P