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#1 Delapool

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:21 PM

I'm wondering if snails (apart from being something different and unique) are actually useful to have in an aquarium? Do their useful good points outweigh their bad points.

I've got a pond snail in the small tank (has had other snail types) with the idea that they might clean up a little and keep algae in check. I'm not sure they do actually help there but they sure poop a lot. I guess that must mean they are doing something but not convinced. Thoughts?


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#2 Hood

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:30 PM

I have come to hate the things and rue the day I ever kept a planted tank just due to the fact I still find cone snails in my tanks from over a decade ago despite constantly siphoning them out with detritus from bare bottom tanks. It has taken much great work to keep them out of my big main display tank touch wood.
Ramshorns too were a bane to my existence as well. I used to have the gold Apple snails and even they got on my nerves in the end. But at least they didn't effect spawning like cone snails and such did in the past when I had substrate in tanks.

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#3 In between tanks

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:12 PM

They don't really do anything bad besides eat some of your plant

#4 Ageofaquariums

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 09:14 AM

Good chook food.....  also handy when you are culturing infusoria in a hurry.






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