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    Hi, folks, I just joined the forum and look forward to learning a lot.

    I am a rank beginner and apologize if this has been covered. I found lots of stuff on specific types of snails and such, but my question is more basic. I've always been happy to have snails along for the ride in my very basic freshwater fish tanks. (I don't know what kind, but very small generally, between pinhead and maybe a a pixel or teeny crumb of bread.) Recently, along with a bad chemical imbalance due to overfeeding, we had a planaria worm infestation in our Beta Aquafarm fish tank (luckily not anchor worms!) and we ended up completely removing and starting over - new tank, new water, everything. Clarence is SO much happier now. But I was surprised to discover many really good-sized snails in there with him - not the little tykes living in my other multifish tank. Nearly the size of the ones people eat (which I would never do).

    Now his old tank is sitting with a few inches of water and the snails and a plant in there by themselves. We are feeding the Aquafarm plants (the ones that sit on top and allegedly help with the complete ecosystem cycle) to the cats (who love to chew on them) and once those plants are gone we'll get rid of the tank.

    But what to do with the snails? I'm nervous about putting them in my other fishtank because of the worms. Is there a way I can clean them and then move them in? Alternately, might I consider starting a third tank with snails only? If so, what are their needs? Do they need moving water? Other fishtank paraphernalia? I'd rather just add them to my fishtank. I appreciate your advice and again apologize if all this info is somewhere already posted.

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    The planaria would also be resulting from the overfeeding that you have mentioned

    Once you have corrected that, the planaria will dies off and disappear. They will cause any problems for you and most fish will eat them.

    You should be OK to move the snails over to the other tank.

    Have you tested the water parameters in both tanks lately ? What are the results for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate ?
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    Thank you - that is a great suggestion. I will test the water in my fish tank before moving the snails into it. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    The planaria would also be resulting from the overfeeding that you have mentioned

    Once you have corrected that, the planaria will dies off and disappear. They will cause any problems for you and most fish will eat them.

    You should be OK to move the snails over to the other tank.

    Have you tested the water parameters in both tanks lately ? What are the results for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate ?

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