Hi my son has a fish tank and these snails clean it for us.
Great article. You have so much information in this article. I have had fish in a tank before but never added snails. Thanks
The problems start when their population gets out of control. Snails breathe, create waste and decompose when they die just like any other fish or animal in your tank. They add to the bioload, meaning your aquarium not only needs to support your fish, but an ever-increasing population of snails as well. They are so tiny that a few of them surely won’t matter, but if you let things get out of control before long you’ll find that the tank, and the fish, are under constant stress.
As with any aquarium purchase, avoid buying Mystery Snails from tanks with dead or dying snails, fish or other tank mates. Tanks with dead or dying inhabitants may indicate sickly conditions, poor water quality or contagious diseases. It’s better to avoid these issues instead of getting involved with them.
My fishtank has a lot of mystery snail baby's
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Poisoning with copper based snailicides is another option but the treatment might have a bad effect on fish and plants. I do advocate the use of "Had-A-Snail" for treatment of some diseases, but I don't use it for snail control. Poisoning leaves you with a lot of dead snails, hard to find and some are always left to rot in the tank. While many fish prey on snails and wipe them out, MTS seem to be more immune to these fish predators. Angelfish will leave them alone, and so will Discus. However, if you want to keep your snails, it is wise not to put them in a tank with a Clown Loach or Goldfish, which will eat them. Finding MTS can be a problem. Most fish stores don’t sell them as such, but often they have them in their plant tanks, where they have hitched a ride in on new plants. If you ask politely for a few of them, most fish stores are delighted to give them to you. Frequently, they will travel home to your tank with new plant purchases, and one day you’ll look in your tank and discover that you have a nice new population of MTS. If you belong to an aquarium club, you can usually find several members who have some of these valuable snails, and who will give you a starter population of them.Snails often come into a fish tank on live plants, or scooped up with new fish. Infant snails are nearly microscopic, and snail eggs on plants are transparent and do their best to be invisible. They grow and reproduce if there is algae or excess food in your tank. The best way to limit the snail reproduction is to do regular water changes (to remove nitrate, which is the end product of the fish waste cycle, which causes algae to grow. Most snails that just appear in tanks eat algae) and to decrease the amount you are feeding the fish, on the theory that you are overfeeding a bit, since the snails will eat any excess food. You should be feeding only so much as your fish can eat completely in a minute or so. If there are flakes hanging about the tank, the snails will turn it into more snails. But snails are not a bad thing. IF there were no snails, the extra flakes would decay and turn into ammonia, and cause an ammonia spike, bad for your fish, eventually cause your nitrate to go up, and cause an algae bloom. Algae isn't bad for your fish, fish love algae, but green water makes it hard to see your fish, and algae that cling to the walls of your tank and filter and gravel and everything else has to be cleaned up, and that is more work for you. Snails that scrape it up and eat it are in effect cleaning your tank for you. But they do turn that algae into more snails. Still, it is easier to pick snails out of your tank than to scrape algae out of it .