Aquarium Snails - Pets or Pests?

There are many various kinds of aquarium snails many of which can be great to have in your tank. While some individuals believe of snails as pests (and some are), others buy them on purpose to keep in their tanks. Sometimes, when you purchase plants for your aquarium tiny small snails can be hiding in the plants and you may wake up a week or two later and discover your tank to be overrun by snails! Generally, nevertheless you can purchase big snails at your pet store.

There are a number of kinds of snails you may consider. Every 1 appears different and has a various demeanor in the tank.

The Ramshorn snail is thusly named as it's shape appears 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 live bearing snail that eats that food and other stuff that has fallen into the substrate. They seldom eat plants so this is a good one to have if you have a lot of plants in your aquarium. Generally they hide during daylight and come out at night, but you will probably see them hanging out on the glass of your tank just below the water line when you first get up in the morning. The Trumpet snail can help clean the debris on the bottom of your tank.

The Pond snail is the 1 that typically hitches a totally free ride into your tank on aquarium plants. Shaped like a football, they reproduce fairly quickly and have a veracious appetite for your aquarium plants quickly devouring them.

The Apple snail is a well-liked 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 whilst and may develop as big as a tennis ball if offered fantastic care!

Most aquarium snails will do will in a community 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 sure you know what you are buying if you have plants in the tank.

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

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

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