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Randy
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Username: milesteg

Post Number: 86
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 08:17 am:       

Hi,
I'm not knowledgeable on snails. My only experience was maybe35 years ago when I had a snail explosion in my tank. Now that I am back into fish keeping and spending a lot of effort with planted tanks I want to attack problems before they get out of hand.
Here is a picture of what I have been finding in the top layer of gravel.
Pest or Helpfull?

Thanks for any advice you can give me.
Randy
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debbs
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Username: debbs95

Post Number: 1559
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 09:05 am:       

It is a Malaysian Trumpet Snail. These snails serve a great function by not only cleaning up detritus but also turning the substrate (getting in the gravel or substrate and aerating it) making it a good envirement for plants to take root in. They do not eat live, healthy plants and get along great with all other snails in your aquarium.

WARNING: They will over populate your tank if you over feed = pests. They also tend to climb into filtration systems, sometimes clogging them up.
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debbs
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Username: debbs95

Post Number: 1560
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 09:09 am:       

Sorry missed the advice part

You're over feeding your tank if you've mounds of these guys on your substrate. Advice, cut down on feeding. I sell these guys on Ebay, so if you've experience on selling on Ebay....go to........ Home & Garden:Pet Supplies:Fish, Turtles & Frogs:Crabs, Snails & Algae Eaters

Sell all you can find in your tank! :-)
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