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I have a problem with pond snails that must have come in on a plant. Are there any fish that will do well in a 25 gallon aquarium, will eat pond.
Once we have decided that our snails are too numerous, what is the best way to remove them? Manual removal and trapping can reduce their numbers. Some fish snack on them, and others are very effective snail hunters, such as most pufferfish and many loaches. As a last resort, there are commercially available chemicals sold for use in aquaria that can kill snails, if used as directed. All of these methods can play a role in snail control, but a few years ago, a new biological weapon appeared in the aquarists’ potential anti-snail arsenal: the assassin snail. The name says it all — this species actually attacks and eats other aquarium snails.
The beautiful and expensive zebra pleco (Hypancistrus zebra) is, oddly, not an algae-eater. It wants more meaty foods in its diet. Nerite snails. Lately, some attractive nerite snails have shown up in shops. They survive for a time in freshwater and eat algae, but they require saltwater to breed. So nerites are not the best choice for a freshwater aquarium. Fish are only one type of animal that eats algae. There are many algae-eating snails, shrimp and clams that can be interesting additions to your tank. Florida flagfish (Jordanella floridae) are great additions to the aquarium that has a brush or beard algae problem. Most other algae-eaters won’t eat this type of algae.
Snail eating fish? - Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community
Hi, any common aquarium fish that like to eat snails
Despite the fact that snails are beautiful animals, there are situations in which they are unwanted. This could be for example when there is an excess of snails in an aquarium. Also it's a fact that not everyone is pleased with snails and even consider snails to be harmful and some species do eat your aquatic vegetation. However, it's important to realise that snails can play an important role in maintaining a healthy eco-system in an aquarium: they remove dead fish, they eat decaying vegetation, clean up food excesses and snails as the are beneficial for the bottom quality. The snail population should stay relatively constant and an excessive growth in the snail population indicates possible problems in the balance of your aquarium (primary a food excess). Another occasion in which snails are unwelcome is when they treat human food production. In the case of apple snails this applies to area's where they are artificially introduced (e.g. and Hawaii) where the apple snails can cause to rice fields and taro patches. Furthermore, you might want to kill a snail for reasons (dissection of the snail to learn more about invertebrate ) or to reduce the spread of snail transmitted that can affect humans and cattle. Snail eating fish The introduction of snail eating fish can help to control the snail population. Not all snail eating fish are equally good in removing snails and some fish are great snails eaters, but aren't well suited for most aquaria. An example of the latter are puffer, which primary feed on snails, but also tend to get aggressive towards other fish. A list of snail eating fish is available at the of this site. Complete tear down of the tank This very drastic method is one of the best methods if you want to remove *all* snails from an aquarium, but for most of us, it the last option if all other methods fail. A complete tear down means removal of the fish and the water, taking out all vegetation and collect the bottom material. All fish should be put in a separated tank with adequate water quality. A good option is to use the water from the tank as the fish are already adapted to this water. Remove all snails and eggs from the plants and after that they should be threatened with a weak potassium permanganate bath (see above) or another snail killing bath. The gravel should be boiled to kill all snails and their eggs that are hiding in here. Clean all other objects thoroughly and clean the tanks itself as well (don't use detergents for this!). A good sponge and warm water should do it. The filter should be cleaned as well (obvious): put the filter without filter material in the 10 mg/l potassium permanganate solution for one hour (with the filter running). Rinse the filter with clean water and put in new filter material. After all this the aquarium environment can be put together again. Note!: The cleaned aquarium needs some time to rebalance again and the fish should only be reintroduced after this period (3 days to a week). Use a part of the old water to speed up the balancing. Fish species like puffer fish, yoyo loaches and clown loaches are specialized snail eaters. They can wipe out an entire snail infestation within a very short time, and they are available in most pet- and aquarium stores. Sounds like a great idea, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. You should never buy a fish for the sole purpose of fixing a snail problem.