Mystery snail eating plants

  1. amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    I'm confused as to why my mystery snails have started eating my plants. I haven't changed anything about the way I feed them. At first I thought it was my guppies, but I'm sitting here watching one of my mystery snails tear up my wisteria. It snacked on the zucchini for about 2 minutes and then moved over and started devouring my plant.

    What gives?
  2. LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    That's pretty weird. Mine eat the nutrients off of the plant, but they don't eat the plant itself.
  3. amber0107 Well Known Member Member


    They never used to. They used to devour the zucchini, which was great except for they weren't allowing the otos to have any. So, I moved them and now they've taken to eating my plants. At first I thought I was just imagning it, but then I started noticing huge chunks missing and then I started spotting them eating them down to the stem. I'm confused. I took some photos and I'll upload them in a minute.
  4. LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    Are you still feeding them zucchini? Maybe they got spoiled by fresh veggies, or "the salad bar" as we call it at our house. :D
  5. amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    Yes, I have been, but whereas it used to be almost completely gone come morning, now it looks like it's hardly been touched. In the picture above, my wisteria was just starting to become quite bushy and now it's nothing but twigs.
  6. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Is zucchini all you offer them? If it is, they'll need more than just that. I give mine algae wafers, and a few different kinds of fresh veggies. Seems to keep them off my plants :;nin2
  7. amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    I feed them algae wafers, shrimp pellets, zucchini and romaine lettuce. I guess I somehow trained them to eat all the plants? Should I be offering other veggies besides those two?
  8. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    I give zucchini, yellow squash, fresh, halved green beans, and New Life Spectrum algae wafers. Their tank is also over run with algae (I think its Cynobacteria [sp?]), that they also love.
  9. amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    I'll try some of those other veggies too. Are the NLS wafers much better than the omega ones? I'm going to be doing an order online soon and might add that to my list if they're significantly better than the others.
  10. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    I don't know, Omega One algae wafers don't exist here :p They do contain garlic and do NOT have what ever the preservative is that Omega One has (exothyquin?). That preservative does all kinds of fun things to many animals. Its a large problem in the dog breeding world, actually.
  11. amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    I might consider getting the NLS then. I've been very pleased with all of their other foods but just didn't purchase the wafers because I already had some.

    Thanks for the help everyone. Let's see if I can keep my planted tank "planted" and stop the uprooting and snacking.
  12. kinezumi89 Fishlore VIP Member

    I actually read in another thread, someone posted a long article written by one of the masterminds behind NLS. He said that the big stir with ethoxyquin all started because people misunderstood some information. He also said, like any substance (vitamins, for example) too much is always a bad thing. Overdosing on fat-soluble vitamins can lead to death, but they're necessary for life!

    The article was actually really interesting, he claimed that if you feed nothing but NLS you should see changes in color within 10 days, and that he's fed his fish nothing but for years. Everyone touts a varied diet as the best kind, but his argument is that if you have all the beneficial substances from the varied sources in ONE pellet food, then there's no need to feed different pellets, flakes, frozen, etc.

    I'll see if I can go find the article, in case anyone's interested.
  13. fbn Well Known Member Member

    This is interesting. Are you sure the leaves aren't brown before they start chomping on them? Also, could it be possible that the weight of the snail (those snails are pretty heavy) snaps off a leaf, the leaf starts decomposing, and then they eat it? I hope you can get your problem figured out! :)
  14. amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    I watched my snail crawl onto the wisteria and then put the whole green stem into his mouth and chow down until the leaves were gone. I was shocked. There are some leaves floating around from being knocked off, but this was a well established plant that was thriving until I moved my snails in here last week. I've added more veggies tonight in hopes to stop the carnage.
  15. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Ethoxiquin is naturally found in fat, I believe, but the amounts that are put into some brands of dog food is just crazy, and you wouldn't believe it. I don't even want to know, so thats why I haven't delved too deeply into it. Theres a big difference between whats naturally found in something, and whats naturally found in something, and then having more added to it. I'd love to see that article, though! PM it to me if you find it! :)