small snail eating freshwater fish - The Planted Tank Forum
Compatible with most freshwater fish. Do not keep with aggressive fish that may try to eat Snails.
These snails are pretty much useless to have in a freshwater fish tank. First of all, they don’t really clean the tank very well because they don’t eat very much, so if anything they produce more waste than they get rid of. Also, these snails reproduce in fresh water aquariums which means that they can over run it quite quickly and leave you with a big snail infestation.
Overall the main thing you need to keep in mind before you add freshwater invertebrates to your tank is the tank itself. If you have live plants snails might not be the best option for you. If you have fish that tend to eat invertebrates you will not want to add them to your tank unless you are planning them on using them as feeders. Most freshwater invertebrates are peaceful additions to the home aquarium system.
In addition to the loaches, freshwater pufferfish will eat snails.
Do Freshwater Nerite snails eat fish food
While you often hear hobbyists saying they can't get rid of all the snails in their tank, having snails in your freshwater aquarium as a rule is actually quite beneficial. Most snails act as a "clean up crew" in the aquarium, eating excess food, decaying plant or fish matter, and moving gravel on the tank bottom. The problem with snails in an aquarium is that they reproduce very quickly, and can marr your beautiful tank by being stuck all over the glass and decorations. The real challenge is keeping the snail population in check.Instead of stocking your tank with fish that eat pellets or flakes, pick up a natural-born killer. You don’t need a piranha or any particularly mean fish. Your local pet store should carry several ordinary varieties of freshwater fish that are happy to make meals out of small snails and eggs. Clown loaches, friendly striped fish, fit in well with other peaceful fish and reduce snail infestations. Betta fish eat small snails or eggs, but only one male can inhabit a tank. Malawi cichlids eat snails too, but they’re also more aggressive and could bully your other fish if they don’t fit in. Before you select a snail-eater, ask your pet store for a recommendation catered to your resident fish. Keep your tank’s maximum capacity in mind when adding additional fish, to avoid overcrowding.In addition to the loaches, freshwater pufferfish will eat snails. Puffers even have tiny beaks, well-adapted to crushing snail shells. Several species show up in pet shops. These include the dwarf puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus). Of the freshwater puffers, this species works best in community aquariums. They only grow to about half an inch in length, and they prefer to live in schools. Like the smaller loaches, this species will nip at the fins of larger fish. Other freshwater puffers will also eat snails, but most do not get along with other fish.Although algae can look good when kept in small quantities, it’s easy to spread out of control if you don’t keep it in check. Introducing algae eaters into your freshwater aquarium, as well as making sure your is up to scratch, can help to prevent your tanks algae production from becoming an eye sore. There are a few different algae eaters to choose from, including snails, shrimps and certain algae-consuming fish. They are cheap, they can help to increase the diversification of wildlife in your tank, and they keep your tank clean, what more could you ask for?