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Old 05-19-2017, 11:14 AM   #1
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Need help choosing snails

I have a 55 gallon, moderately planted setup and am looking at getting some snails to help cut down on algae growth. Mostly GSA, BBA, diatoms. I'm looking at snails as the BBA and diatoms are growing on my anubias, java ferns and wendths. Manually cleaning the plants is becoming a pain and there is always the risk of damaging or uprooting the plant.

I'm looking for a snail that stays small (under 2") and doesn't reproduce insanely. It would be nice if it could be something interesting to look at if at all possible.

Other plants in the tank:
Chilensis
Tropica fern
Crypts
Crinum

Livestock:
8 cherry barbs
2 dwarf gourami (pair)
Soon: white cloud minnows
Soon: 2-3 hillstream loaches

Currently dosing excel and preparing to switch to CO2 injection (5-10lb tank)
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:32 AM   #2
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You could do nerite snails. They won't eat your plants. They also don't reproduce in freshwater. If they lay eggs the eggs will just stay dormant in your tank.
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:12 PM   #3
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You could do nerite snails. They won't eat your plants. They also don't reproduce in freshwater. If they lay eggs the eggs will just stay dormant in your tank.


And they're kinda pretty... Biggest flaw is they are good little escape artists
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I raise ramshorn snails. I find that if I take a young one 1/4 to 1/2 they are not fertile yet. So I have no babies! Takes 2 to tango. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-22-2017, 09:19 PM   #5
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Learn so much just hanging around here, Thanks TMaier!
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I raise ramshorn snails. I find that if I take a young one 1/4 to 1/2 they are not fertile yet. So I have no babies! Takes 2 to tango. Attachment 299533
That may explain why the one I have hasn't made more yet...
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Yep. Some types of snails have to have a partner. Others are capable of producing on their own.
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Indeed, after i added another one & few days later i noticed lots of babies spawning although not all of them lived.
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