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Mystery Snails

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Friday, August 10, 2001 - 02:02 pm
Hi. I have a question I am hoping someone can answer to ease my curiosity. Last night I noticed that I have at least 5 small snails in my tank. I don't have any large snails, never put any snails in there at all that I know of, so I am wondering how these could have gotten in there. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas...thanks.



Friday, August 10, 2001 - 02:36 pm
Do you have real plants in there?
Very often, live plants carry snails. They start out very small and sometimes you can't see them. It's very important to rinse your plats and check them out very closely for any signs of snails or bugs. And you may want to get the snails out because they multiply QUICKLY!! Yes, 5 can turn into 20, then 50, then 100, then they're clogging up your filter! Keep a close eye on them is all I have to say.
Good luck!


katie ogles

Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 06:16 am
Are these guys multiplying or did you just get five freebies...Because you could always send me one of these guys as needed for algae>>>just kidding-I love mystery snails-I read that mystery snails and apple snails don't multiply...that there is another type that do...



Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 10:55 am
Pond snails that come in on plants multiply like crazy. Best to get rid of them ASAP as if you wait until there are too many and try to kill with chemicals all the dead snails tend to pollute your water. Either net them off the tank sides or make a snail trap with wafers or food pellets from a film cannister. Make sure you pretreat plants you add to your tank by soaking in water with Alum that you can usually buy at a pharmacy.



Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 01:49 pm can get fish that will eat the clown loaches..or dwarf cichlids particularly(microgeophagus ramirezi's) if you can keep them?..and as joyce and petfanatic said..probably from plants they arrived...just be sure to I.D. the snails..there are some good ones like MTS and ramshorns to battle algea..



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