Thread: Snails. Friend or Foe?
04-07-2012, 12:07 AM #1
Snails. Friend or Foe?
I have recently found some snails in my tank, which I am pretty sure came from a new plant I purchased at the pet store. They are small and I have only seen a few but I know they can quickly multiply. Do they keep your tank cleaner or do they just add more waste? I like how they look in the tank but if they are only adding more waste (and more of themselves) i'm not sure i want them there...any suggestions?
04-07-2012, 12:23 AM #2
They are probably pond snails, Physa species. As long as you don't overfeed your fishes you won't have a snail bloom.
Pond snails do a remarkable job of keeping the glass clean and keeping algae at bay. As long as you vacuum regularly to make sure debris doesn't accumulate around decorations and you'll have just a handful of snails in your tank.
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04-07-2012, 01:53 AM #3
That makes me feel better because the lady i asked at the pet store made it seem like the snails were doomed to take over my tank unless I got rid of them, and I really didn't want to kill them. Thanks!
04-08-2012, 02:18 PM #4
+1 to Dave66. Friend if your good about maint, foe if your not and overfeed.
04-08-2012, 04:55 PM #5
To me, it depends on the type of snail. Apple Snails or Assassin Snail would be friend to me. Pond or Trumpets totally FOE. Hate them both.