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Old 12-04-2005, 03:18 AM   #1
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How many snails are too many?

Here's a question I haven't seen addressed...

Somtimes after lights out, I go and look into my tanks with a flashlight, just looking for new things that don't come out during the day. Anyway, I've noticed there are a whole bunch of tiny snails of all different shapes on the rocks. They seem to come out only at night.

Should I be concerned about how many there are? Should I get a fish that will eat them or just leave them alone?
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The snails will usually control their own population according to how much food is avail. I have maybe aroun 25 snails in my 37 gal.
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Some snails are predatory. Can you give a description of them or a picture? If you can ID them and know they are safe, I wouldn't worry about the numbers. Like mentioned already, they will weed themselves out when there food source diminishes.
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I'll get pics tonight (after I scrub algae off the front, so you can actually see them, HA!) Most of them look just like the turbos I have that are much larger, but there a some others as well.
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I have some mini turbos and they are hard little workers(algae grazers). About the size of the top of a stick pin some a bit bigger. Perhaps this is what you have. I have a picture of one here somewhere.....
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thats a cool looking little snail!
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I have a bunch of small snails on my main and refuge. They look like baby turbos
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Old 12-05-2005, 12:10 AM   #8
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Unfortunately, I can't get my camera to focus without light, even with the flash on and a flashlight. I also tried it with the room lighting on, but the pics came out blurred. I won't worry about it, sounds like it's not a problem.

Here are some pics of my tank clean! Whooppeee! Will ya check out that LTA? He's happy, he finally found a spot he likes. He stuck his bum into a cave and attached there.
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The anemone looks awesome. Mine stuck his foot in a crevice as well but is pressed against the front glass making it impossible to clean that area. lol
The tank looks great Sharon. Good job!
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