suilaire suilaire
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snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #1
Just wondering what you think of having snails in a planted tank?

Apple snails with Amazon Swords - are they good cleaner uppers or are they munchers?

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Re: snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #2
Nerites are fab, not so big, don't eat plants
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Re: snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #3
Apple snails need hard pH to avoid shell damage. They don't damage plants as far as I know though for the limited time I had them.

Rehoused to GWA (hard water tanks) medium term as my tank pH was too soft once I was aware!
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suilaire suilaire
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Re: snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #4
Hmmm - that's interesting about the harder water - mine are looking less colourful than when I bought them, so I guess my neutral ph (ph 7) won't be helping them...

Is there anything I can do to harden my water without upsetting my fish?

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Re: snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #5
Hi suilaire, check your GH/KH for water hardness. PH is more to do with acidity and alkalinity.

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Re: snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #6
Depends on the species but generally speaking, snails don't eat your plants. They may eat dying plants though, which might give the false impression that they're eating the leaves off the plants.

They graze on algae to differing extents again dependant on species and also mop up crap from the bottom. Watch out for population explosions though and don't let them run wild!
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Re: snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #7
I like my bee nerite snails. Like Cathie said, not too big, dont eat the plants and with the bee nerites (well mine anyway) they dont leave eggs all over the place and dont breed in the aqurium.
Hardy little critters too. When I moved house in November(!) I removed some of the bogwood out of my tank and accidently took out a nerite snail aswell. It survived 4 days in a tub in the back garden with just a little rain water as moisture. It's still going strong