How many snails for 110g?
I'm planning on getting some snails for my 110g tank to keep the sand clean from algae and leftover food. Any ideas on how many snails I should get?
Which snails will do the job best?
MTS - virtually impossible to get here
Apple snail = mystery snail
Ramshorn are good, but they breed a lot. Apples are great, but they die IME alot. Nerites are wonderful, and can not breed in freshwater. They come in the tiger, zebra, and olive, where i am, and ive seen baseball caps online. MTS are much better suited for keeping gravel and sand aerated than for algae.
I vote nerites. Best all around!
10gal Betta Tank
, Pearl, Wendy, Nightmare
,Albino Dwarf Cories
, and Nerite Snails
- Community Fish
- Two Fiddler Crabs
Mystery Snail is just a stupid name the pet shop gives them when they have no idea what they are...they're not a species.
I have assassin snails which burrow and feed on scraps. The advantage is they kill and eat pest pond snails that might enter your tank as hitch-hikers. I really like them as they don't touch my plants and look really attractive.
Actually thats how they originally got the name. mystery snails are just apple snails.
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Only thing I think assassins eat is other snails.
Introducing snails to a tank is a bigger problem than never having them.
assassins will eat leftover food but not algae. Nerites and apple snails eat algae. From my personal experience nerites seem to do a better job. But... no snail "cleans" the aquarium. They just convert whatever they eat to snail poop. My 5.5g tank with a betta and two nerites is algae free but I have to do a complete gravel vacuum every time I change the water because the substrate is COVERED in snail poop.
300 gallon mega tank
: build in progress
75 gallon community tank
: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
29 gallon frog tank / 10 gallon tadpole tank
: 1 leopard frog, 1 tadpole
10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails
Mine push my cories off the sinking wafers! They hoover up any leftovers if there are no pest snails to eat.
Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
Agreed, they won't touch algae though.
I breed apples they dont die. I have some of my brown apples for well over a year now they will eat anything babies seem to eat algae up to a certain size but after that they want your plants and fish food and fresh veggies
Also will breed like no ones business if over fed in a warm tank
10gx2 brackish & applesnail grow out
60gx2 - Crayfish snail male guppy holder/yabby craw
75g (long) -red fin shark, golden angel fish Ghost shrimp neon tetras
40x2 snail tank. / texas cichild