Oh, No, Snails!

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Redgypsy, May 26, 2018.

  1. Redgypsy

    RedgypsyNew MemberMember

    I just found a few snails in my tank. I think they must have been in the plants I bought. I've never had snails before. Why do people hate them? Are they always bad? And if so, how do I rid my tank of them?
  2. danhutchins

    danhutchinsWell Known MemberMember

    As long as you don't overfeed your fish the snail population will stay low and eventually die off.
  3. penguin02

    penguin02Well Known MemberMember

    Just pick out any you see and hopefully they won't reproduce a ton. If they do there's ways to get rid of them.
  4. Dch48

    Dch48Well Known MemberMember

    Snails can be beneficial as long as they don't mass produce themselves and don't eat your plants.
  5. Mazeus

    MazeusWell Known MemberMember

    I love snails, I have loads of differnt types (bladder snails, ramshorn, MTS, faucet, spixi and a mystery snails). They are good at keeping the tank algae free. I do have to occationally thin the population of the bladder snails.
    Last edited: May 26, 2018
  6. HORNET1

    HORNET1Well Known MemberMember

    Snails get a bad rap, IMO.
    I'm a strong believer in letting your ecosystem work.
    As danhutchins suggested, don't overfeed and everything should balance out.
  7. OP

    RedgypsyNew MemberMember

    Awesome! Thanks, everyone. I was loath to kill the poor things off.

    ELON MOLLUSKValued MemberMember

    I am also a fan lol, they are excellent cleaners and intriguing to watch and learn from!

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