Aquarium Snails - Pets or Pests?

There are numerous different kinds of aquarium snails numerous of which can be good to have in your tank. While some people think of snails as pests (and some are), others buy them on objective to maintain in their tanks. Occasionally, when you buy plants for your aquarium tiny small snails can be hiding in the plants and you might wake up a week or two later and find your tank to be overrun by snails! Usually, however you can buy big snails at your pet shop.

There are a number of types of snails you might consider. Each one looks different 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 sometimes checked patterns. This snail will dine on your plants and can reproduce fairly quickly.

The Trumpet snail is a reside bearing snail that eats that meals and other stuff that has fallen into the substrate. They rarely consume plants so this is a good 1 to have if you have a lot of plants in your aquarium. Generally they hide during daylight and come out at evening, 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 rapidly devouring them.

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

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

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

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

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