Aquarium Snails - Pets or Pests?

There are many different kinds of aquarium snails numerous of which can be great to have in your tank. Whilst some individuals believe of snails as pests (and some are), other people buy them on objective to keep in their tanks. Sometimes, when you purchase plants for your aquarium tiny small snails can be hiding in the plants and you might wake up a week or two later and discover your tank to be overrun by snails! Generally, however you can buy large snails at your pet shop.

There are a number of kinds of snails you might think about. Every 1 looks various and has a various demeanor in the tank.

The Ramshorn snail is thusly named as it's shape looks like a rams horn. They come in black, red and occasionally checked patterns. This snail will dine on your plants and can reproduce quite quickly.

The Trumpet snail is a reside bearing snail that eats that food and other stuff that has fallen into the substrate. They seldom eat plants so this is a great one to have if you have a lot of plants in your aquarium. Generally they hide throughout daylight and come out at evening, but you will probably see them hanging out on the glass of your tank just beneath the water line when you first get up in the morning. The Trumpet snail can assist clean the debris on the bottom of your tank.

The Pond snail is the one that typically hitches a free ride into your tank on aquarium plants. Shaped like a football, they reproduce quite rapidly and have a veracious appetite for your aquarium plants rapidly devouring them.

The Apple snail is a popular aquarium inhabitant and comes in 4 different species. These snails can eat aquarium plants so you will have to be cautious. This snail can reside quite a while and might grow as large as a tennis ball if given great care!

Most aquarium snails will do will in a neighborhood tank. Some eat algae and some eat the debris on the bottom so these snails can be quite beneficial to the tank. Other species consume aquarium plants, so be certain you know what you are purchasing if you have plants in the tank.

Snails get along good with numerous kinds of aquarium fish such as Neon Tetras, Guppies, White Cloud Minnows and Danios. However, if you find that some uninvited snails have appeared in your tank, you may try introducing a Skink or Clown Loach into the tank as these guys will happily consume all the snails they can discover.

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Aquarium snails are a great way to add some thing a bit various into your tank, but you must be certain you get snails that are compatible with your fish. When in doubt just ask the clerk at your fish store and they will be sure to point you in the right path.

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