ARE SNAILS GOOD OR BAD FOR MY FISH TANK? | My Aquarium Club

Nerite Snails: One of the most popular freshwater snails kept by hobbyists are Nerite Snails.
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Algae is a major food source for snails. Algae will grow on its own in your tank even without fish present. The more light your tank receives and the warmer the water temperature, the more algae will grow on the tank walls, gravel, decorations and plants. Mystery snails (Pomacea bridgesii) often eat algae off healthy plants but not the plants themselves.
Mar 3, 2017 - They actually do a pretty good job of cleaning a fish tank. Snails are good indicators of how pure and clean the water in a fish tank is.
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Caring for a freshwater snail is similar to caring for many other fish and freshwater creatures. Keep the water within acceptable temperature and pH parameters. Provide your snail with an adequate supply of food and decorate its tank with plants, rocks, and hiding places. Be careful when adding fish to your snail’s tank, as some fish will consider your snail a tasty treat. Several varieties of freshwater snails -- including apple, ramshorn, trumpet and pond snails -- are commonly found in fish tanks and aquariums
Photo provided by FlickrMar 3, 2017 - One day you gaze at your aquarium and notice a small snail on the glass
Photo provided by FlickrI was wandering if the small brown snails are a good or bad thing in my tank
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Besides vegetables and fish food pellets, apple snails also eat all kinds of other food if available. Apple snails won't refuse brine shrimps and other frozen foods or even dead fish and insects. Even other snails can appear on the menu of an apple snail (this has been reported for and ). This makes them also a good option for tank cleaning.
Apple snails do eat microscopic vegetation (micropagous) that grows on stones, the wall of the tank etc., but don't expect them to 'clean' the tank completely from algea.
If you want your snails to get out of the water, just attach some food partly above the waterline. It's partly because of this behaviour (leaving of the water getting their food) which makes them such a problem in the rice-fields of Asia and Hawaii, where they feed on the young rice-crops.