Show your snails - pests or pets?

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  1. WernerP

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    We've got a large number of assassin snails in my wife's tank. The intention wasn't to breed them, but we've sold hundreds to our LFS. Needless to say, no other snails survive in there. They love Sera O nip tabs.

    My 4 foot has Malaysian trumpets and ramshorns, which I catch and feed to my son's Dwarf puffer.

    My pond has a tennis ball sized mystery snail and some Japanese Trapdoor snails.
     
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    Cool! I had to google Japanese Trapdoor snails just now and it seems they are excellent algae eaters but can also eat live plants - is this your experience also? Would you keep them in a planted tank or only in a pond?
     
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    I haven't noticed whether they eat plants. They don't seem to do too well in my tropical tanks. I think that they prefer cooler temperatures.
     
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    Cool, thanks
     
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    Snails don't last too long in my tank.
    The Rays see to that :eek:
     
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    @David Kusner I’m pretty sure some forum members have tried to breed them but can’t remember whom. @TheGrissom or @Christiaan Duvenage perhaps.

    https://www.fishkeepingworld.com/nerite-snails/
    Apparently there are separate males and females.
     
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    I have all the regular ones (pests and puffer food) as well as Yellow rabbit snails. Their skin colour is dark when they hatch but changes after a while. Adults destroyed my water lilly but didnt touch the other plants. Adults are mostly buried in the soil while the babies are out most of the time. Babies are first dark colored and then changes to yellow later on. The one in the pic is still dull and blotchy. Great addition to a tank. Slow growing and slow breeding. So definitely worth keeping.

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    @Little Nicky what pH and temp do you keep them at?
     
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    @A new day - tap water is about 7.2 which drops to 6.5 soon after water change. Temp is about 25-27.
     
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    Thanks @Little Nicky. My pH is 6,5 too. As far as I understand rabbit snails prefer higher pH but clearly yours are happy and breeding at 6,5 so that’s promising for me. My temp is 24 though.
     
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    I've only got trumpet snails. They aren't really a pest, when they get big I drop them in my tank with loaches.

    They're currently destroying the scape in my nano tank :rolleyes:

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    I have some black rabbit snails. Very cool. I recently moved them into a tank infested with Clado. They demolished it in about 2 months - I am very pleased with them
     
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    Ramshorn snail eggs (unhatched I’m assuming). I stopped counting at 30.
    I think I might be selling some of them for like R1 each or something
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    Already hatched - those are babies
     
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    Thank you.
    I just looked at the tank and saw they were moved so I probably would’ve realised that today


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    Cools. Ramshorn eggs are laid in gelatinous clusters of about 1/2cm across, usually on glass or leaves. As the tiny eggs mature they turn from transparent to brown.
     
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    I forgot to mention that my apple snails have also laid eggs. I counted 24 hatchlings and there were still some that were not yet hatched.


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    Which snails are good for cleaning fish poop?
     
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    A gravel vacuum.
    Snails can help with eating uneaten food though.
     
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    It is better to improve water changes / tank maintenance than to rely on other livestock to deal with waste.
    The snails will add to the biomass of the tank, so possibly won't make much of a difference to the over all water quality anyway.
     

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