Show your snails - pests or pets?

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  1. A new day

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    Love them or hate them? What’s your experience?

    Call me the crazy snail lady but I purposefully add nerites, ramshorns and Malaysian trumpet snails to all my planted tanks - they each play their part in keeping the tanks clean and none of them eat live plants. I never see fish poop, for example, and they greatly reduce the amount of gravel vacs needed. Will try take some pics of them.

    Nerites: come in many pretty designs and different sizes; won’t breed in freshwater; excellent at keeping glass, hardscape, substrate surface and larger leaves clean of algae and fish waste. I totally see them as pets. The larger ones eg zebra and tiger nerites cost about R50-R60 and the smaller species eg horned nerites retail for around R30-R35 at the moment. They may wander out of rimless tanks so something to keep an eye on.

    Ramshorns: excellent at eating decaying plant & animal matter as well as algae (on hardscape and leaves of all sizes). I think they’re quite pretty too. They do reproduce rapidly but the population is easy to control by catching some of them with a piece of peeled cucumber on a fork.

    Malaysian trumpet snails: mostly stay in/under the substrate during the day and come out at night. Eat gunk below the substrate and aerate the substrate.

    I also have some uninvited bladder/pond snails in one of my tanks but they don’t eat live plants and I control the population with a cucumber trap also.

    Rachel O’Leary video on some common aquarium ‘pest’ snails and how to ID them:


    Which snails do you keep and why? Post some pics!
    @TheGrissom your rabbit snails who may eat Clado?
    Some folks who keep apple / mystery snails - I hear some species eat plants and some don’t?
    Some folks keep assasin snails? What else?
     
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  3. Kiaan26

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    I first got trumpet snails for my pea puffer and yoyo loaches. Turned out my pea puffer only goes for the small babies and my loaches are too well fed to eat the snails. Now I have over 1000 trumpet snails in a 3ft.

    I then got ramshorn snails to help control the algae in my humpback puffer tank and for my puffer. They worked out well as my puffer will only eat the larger snails and will leave the babies alone.

    I have been trying to get a breeding colony going of assassin snails in my catfish tank. I have seen any babies yet. Also got 2 mystery snails a month ago in hopes of breeding them for my puffer. They are also with the assassin snails.
     
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    Ramshorns

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    Nerites

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    Lol, lost count on ramshorns, clear a lot weekly and still have a healthy stocking.
    2 nerites in my 60l with a compliment of pond snails. My tiger barbs seem to eat them. Amazing little fish. Eat everything... Even algae.
    No trumpets or rabbits as yet, locally they were a tad pricey.


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  7. JD Venter

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    I got 3 ramshorn snails from a friend, 1 didn’t last long and the other 2 are now in my 45L with guppies and pleco fry.
    I got 3 trumpet snails from him as well, one is in my 300L and the other got out of their previous tank and I didn’t notice it.
    I bought 2 apple snails for my 300L when I went to buy Stability. I love them. They move around a lot and just add life all over the tank.


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    I used to breed Assassin Snails, just when they started gaining in popularity.
    They were obtained from a small LFS that didn't know what they were, and sold them to me for R5 each.
    They breed easily, but take a while to get going.
    Babies tend to bury themselves in the substrate, and only emerge when they are about 5mm in size.
    The Assassins lay single eggs that look like miniature ravioli on driftwood, and particularly under driftwood.

    I was breeding pond and ramshorn snails to feed to Assassins, and could never keep up.
    With hundreds of Assassins in a 60L tank, any pest snail was immediately swamped by Assassins.
    I would remove empty shells weekly, or there wouldn't be any substrate visible.

    Once a colony of Assassins gets going, they breed as long as there is enough food for the adults, as well as the young.
    I would supplement their diet with frozen bloodworm daily, as there were never enough snails to feed them all.
    I then tried breeding them in a bare bottom 45L, with a small bowl of gravel that the babies could hide in.
    That worked well, as it was much easier to clean, and I used the same tank to grow out CPD in.

    Unfortunately I made a newbie mistake, and dosed the tanks the Assassins were being bred in with No Planaria.
    The result was that both tanks had hundreds of dead Assassin Snails in it.
    I ended up stripping down the tanks, and redoing them from scratch.


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    Interestingly I have a Nerite behaving in a strange way.
    It has stuck roots from the floating Water Lettuce on its shell.
    Is this perhaps to camouflage itself?

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    That’s fascinating!
     
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    Two different horned nerites (small size, about 1cm), great for nano/small tanks.

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    Yet another little horned nerite - such diversity

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    Some more ramshorns, pretty

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    What I think is a pond or bladder snail

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    I could not agree more with @A new day I to purposely add them to most of my tanks. It all started when I needed food for my puffer with the common pest pond snails. Now I have MTS, rams, nerite, assassins and each serve their different purpose even the pest snails. In fact now I dont enough for the puffers, since my colony of assasins took off recently and wipe out my population of pests that I was feeding from.

    Has anyone ever tried to breed nerites?

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    I haven’t had nerite eggs yet, and hear they’re super difficult to breed - one needs a brackish tank?
     
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    Post some pics of your apple snails, please. I don’t know much about them but believe there are different types with different behaviours?
     
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    Will post tomorrow morning as I’m out until tonight.
    I also don’t know much about them...just enough to keep them.


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    My 2 apple snails:

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    I just realized that one has a more yellowish shell and the other more brownish. It might be the lighting but it does look as if that’s the case.


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    Brackish water is quite easy to setup you just need a salt hydrometer. I do ot for my puffers so its not an issue, but mot a good idea to try it in their tank I am almost 100% certain they will eat the snails.

    So I was just wondering if its worth setting up a 30L and having a go at it.

    Are nerites also hermaphrodite or do you need a male and female specifically?

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