Originally Posted by Beej1254
I always loved the Apple snails. I love the way they look and when they get larger. They do reproduce easily but they lay their eggs above the waterline where you can scrape them off and toss them if you want.
Before you toss them, i suggest you crush them first... Alot of waterways in the country are being overrun by apple/Mystery snails and detroying the ecosystem because people just toss or flush things down the drain.
same goes for plants, dry them out so they turn to powder before you just toss em as they can invaid local waterways.
It depends what kind of algae you have in your tank... Nerite snails are only good for diatom algae.. They dont eat hair algae really, nore do they eat green spot algae.. For hair algae you need siamese algae eaters, and for green spot algae you need to cut your lighting to 6 hours a day for a month or so to get rid of it.
Apple snails dont eat algae really, they eat decaying plants/food or even dead fish and stuff in the tank. They prefer veggies over algae. Thats why if you have apple/mystery snails you should suppliment them with algae wafers which are actually made of veggies.
If you dont they will die over time, or they will start eating your plants