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3 years ago#1
DazzaDazza
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Hi There,

I have 3 fish tanks at home, a small - medium and large one. I was wandering if the small brown snails are a good or bad thing in my tank.

The small tank has 1 little fish (not sure what kind) there are lots of small snails in it and it rarely has a problem with algae.

The medium tank has 3 fancy goldfish and no snails but always has a problem with algae build up on the glass.

The large tank has a silver shark and 3 clown loaches (for now) with no snails and did have a problem before i fitted external filter and UV filter. I have just bought plants and fine gravel for this one to keep the water cycle moving after some great advice from people on My Aquarium Club.

Would it be a problem to put some of the snails into the other tanks to eat the algae??

Thanks
Dazz...

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3 years ago#2
Fry Daddy
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Snails make a good clean up crew. It shouldn't hurt anything to add then to your goldfish tank. I'm not sure if goldfish would eat them or not but you can try a few to see. If they get out of hand you can always feed the excess snails to your loaches.

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3 years ago#3
DazzaDazza
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Thats Cool,

Cheerz I will give it a go...


Dazz...

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2 years ago#4
1DFishLover
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Snails are very good to have around the tank. They are a personal butlers and maids for fishes "leftovers" Some snails like Assasign Snails are not good to have thought. Get Mystery Snails.

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2 years ago#5
jlk
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Nothing wrong with adding the little brown pond snails to your other tanks. Your goldfish tank, however, looks quite small for three fancies. The algae in this tank is likely due to insufficient water changes & an excess of nutrients (mainly nitrate). Increasing your water change schedule (and perhaps upgrading their tank) would improve the algae situation.

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2 years ago#6
johnny10
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I'm pretty sure the loaches in the one tank will eat the snails you put in with them. But the other two tanks would be fine. And jlk is right the algae problem may be from tank maintenance. Anyways good luck with the snails and let us know how your tanks turn out!

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2 years ago#7
youngjsampson
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Yea, Clown Loaches are amazing at getting rid of snails. Quick work!

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2 years ago#8
joe
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There is alot of opinion written on the Assassin Snail but not alot of authority. There is a lot of folklore and a whole lot less science. Several of my aquarist friends began singing the praises of the Assassin Snail for eating other pest snails without eating plants or each other. I decided to read everything I could on them and sort through some of the conjecture and get to the bottom of these critters. I’ve decided I very much like them in my tanks.

Here are some conclusions I have come to, for now, after weighing everything I was able to find in an exhaustive web search. I gave less weight to novice keepers and those descriptions without context. I gave more weight to opinions that fit in well with other reliable opinions, were supported by other web research and by authors who could write cogent sentences.

All in all, this is what I think will shake out as a cogent profile down the line.

Assassin Snail
Antentome helena

The Assassin Snail’s common name seems to have at least 8 species under it. The taxonomy is still very unsettled. Most folks who are writing about them seem to be writing about Antentome helena and it also seems to be the most widely available.

Yes, they lay eggs but they are clear and soft unlike the Nerite snail eggs which are a hard and white and many consider an eyesore. They are laid in singles. Shrimp do not seem to eat the eggs. It seems they will lay one egg every 10 days or so and that egg should take 3 weeks to hatch and 4 more weeks to mature into full adult hood. (Edit: It seems they may lay more than one egg when they do but they don’t lay them in clumps like other snails. They lay them singly, in different parts of the tank, but more than one per cycle.)

Yes, they may eat baby shrimp if starved but definitely not under normal conditions. This is a debatable point though due to limited observation. If it has occurred, and it seems possible though unlikely, it occurs very rarely. Most observed occurrences of these snails eating shrimp seem to leave available the possibility of the snail coming upon an already dead shrimp.

They do not eat algae, however, they are attracted to algae wafers for the animal protein content.

They are usually nocturnal. Don’t be surprised if you see them tucked under a ledge or in the fold of a branch when the lights are on. They are not solely night hunters though. Seeing them during the day is common.

Four assassin snails will clear a 29 gallon tank of a massive snail infestation in 6 – 8 weeks. This number goes up drastically if you overfeed bottom dwellers. A hungry snail is a hunting snail.

Unlike many other snail species, they are not hermaphrodites or have the ability to switch gender. You need one of each for breeding. There is nothing I have found written about sexing them.

And most importantly, Yes! They will eat any sized Malaysian Trumpet Snail (MTS), Ramshorn or pond snail. An adult assassin will tank down a mystery snail many times his size if hungry. It is fun to watch them slurp an MTS out of his shell like the Assassin is doing an oyster shooter. As someone who has been overrun with MTS on more than one occasion, it is a liberating feeling.
hope this helps

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2 years ago#9
joe
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algae can be caused by to much sunlight/ day light on the tank.

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2 years ago#10
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Sanils are good for almost any tank and r entaertaining! Try mystery snails! A

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2 years ago#11
Bonnie
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I love my Mystery snail. He has cleaned any signs of algae in my tank, and is surprizingly fast, when an algae wafer is put in the tank, my cories only get a few nibbles and he's on top of it devouring it.

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2 years ago#12
FishMan97
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Assassin snails can be more benificial than mystery snails if you have sand instead of gravel because they burrow themselves in the sand

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2 years ago#13
Bonnie
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But do they eat algae?

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2 years ago#14
GeorgeCole
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Snails are goo for your tank. They'll eat algae just like algae eatters

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2 years ago#15
Zach
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Certain types of snails will often destroy plants and will start what people say, "the snail plague." This happens when the snails overpopulate the aquarium and you find billions of them. If you want a snail, I would get only one. Be aware though, some snails can reproduce by themselves.

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2 years ago#16
Bonnie
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One Mystery snail is ok, they don't reproduce by themselvrs

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2 years ago#17
johnny10
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I'm back after bring off for a long time! Anyhow snails can be beneficial add long as their population is under control. The snail plague will cause a spike in a build up of nitrogen compounds as snails are very messy. I ended up removing most of my dwarf hairgrass from my tank add they seemed to lay eggs in it. Plants were thoroughly washed and any snails left were removed. I fed baby snails to my zebra danios which love to eat them. Both my tanks are now snail free. I recommend mystery or assassin snails as they are show to breed. MTS are great for sand tanks as they burrow and stir the sand. They can easily overpopulate your tank, so be warned.

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1 year ago#18
Dazzadazza
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Hi there,

Can you let me know what you are referring to as I have no idea what I gave done wrong.

Thank you

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1 year ago#19
Christi
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Sorry, we had a difficult member who commented and was later banned, those posts were directs to him - you have done nothing wrong. Ill go ahead and delete them
When a member is banned, the posts that are made by that member are removed also, it can make for some pretty odd situations.

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1 year ago#20
CarLey
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I had to add a Pleco to eat the algae in my Mystery Snail tank. He did a great job, they didn't.

I also found that a lot of fish will eat the eye tentacles off the snail. So I'd be careful. The only fish I didn't have much trouble with that were my Endlers.

A Mystery Snail can lay eggs for awhile on their own because they can carry sperm in their bodies for many weeks.

For what it's worth!

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1 year ago#21
Tropical_fish
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I would get a mystery snail. They can't reproduce by themselves!

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1 year ago#22
Snails? Good? Bad?
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I was wondering if these snails are ok to be on my fish tank with my fish.

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1 year ago#23
CarLey
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They look like a Bladder type snail or pest snail. They won't harm your fish, but they're not desirable, as they multiply pretty fast and could become a problem. Probably came in on a plant; unless you put them there on purpose?

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1 year ago#24
Snails? Good? Bad?
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Nope didnt put snails in there..I definitely dont have a problem taking them out

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1 year ago#25
Snails? Good? Bad?
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Any suggestions on how to get rid of them inexpensively?

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1 year ago#26
CarLey
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There is a current thread on here addressing that somewhere. Type in the search bar above right.

You can 'squish them' Or put a piece of lettuce in at night and in the morning remove lettuce and snails. Keep doing it till results happen. You can sink a piece of Zucc and it will do the same thing, but might be too small!

Or you can get an Assassin Snail who will enjoy chopping down on them. If you have snails you want, I wouldn't do that.

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1 year ago#27
Joni
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With diligence you can get rid of them. Decrease the amount of food available to them... clean the surface of your substrate often, do not overfeed your fish... if you see food falling to floor back off a bit on the flakes. Deep clean sections of your substrate weekly, alternating... for example... clean 1/3 week one... 1/3 week 2 and so on. No food slows reproduction and starves them. Make sure you are keeping your water clean by performing your weekly water changes as well. Remove any debris caused by rotting plants. Every morning when you turn your lights on pick any visible snails from your tank and destroy. Float a spinach leaf or three on water to pick up any willing hitchhikers, remove after 24 hours. Daily place firm lettuce leaf under a rock overnight and remove each morning. Think positive! You are bigger, fiercer and more determined than those little critters... you will win the war! haha! Cheers!

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1 year ago#28
CarLey
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In a situation like your picture, you can pick them off.
I'd run a net up the glass, they might fall in if not suctioned too tight!

Also try siphoning your gravel in spots. It should pick up small ones.

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1 year ago#29
CarLey
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U beat me Joni. Can't see who's typing at the same time!!

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1 year ago#30
Joni
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But most importantly is we offered great and identical advice! Now that is teamwork!

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