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    Snails... Anyone else a fan ....???

    I have tons of the small ones that are nocturnal - along with Nerite, apple, and mystery snails in my tank...I never have seen holes in the leaves of healthy plants ~ instead they seem to prefer decaying, separated leaves, dying stems, and debris on the tank floor... Above all that, they seem to dig algae too! I was glancing through numerous "anti-snail" threads suggesting killer assassin snails, loaches, zucchini trick, etc...and wondered why the fuss??? Seems kinda a key to a healthy set up... Though the eggs are rather annoying and ugly at times... But wanted to hear ur guys thoughts ...

    Also, came across this very brief read if interested....

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquarium/snails.php

    At first I was shocked to see dozens fall when I first turn on my rooms lights... Now its kinda a hoot as the disappear rather rapidly with the onset of the morning's (fake) LED sun....

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    I am also a fan of snails . I only have hitchhikers from plants though.

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    My first dozen itty bitty ones were hitchhikers... The hundreds following were products of their hippie hitchhiker free love'n ways!!! The big ones I think are really beautiful, especially the apples...

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    I dont have a problem with having snails, they help keep some things in check in the tanks. but I also monitor them closely and move assassin snails around as needed.

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    I have no problems with snails. My Utricularia and Aldrovanda eat the baby ones, so the population doesn't go out of control.

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    Howard, I never even thought of that... Pretty neat....

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    They are also good for controlling scuds as well, although I think snails are more prolific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bostoneric View Post
    I dont have a problem with having snails, they help keep some things in check in the tanks. but I also monitor them closely and move assassin snails around as needed.
    +1
    This is exactly what I do too

    I agree with your assessment, Mike, part of the bigger picture and pretty too when in balance... good looking snails are more pleasing to look at, IMO

    I'd love some apple snails and can trade rams horns or MTS
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    I only have a few of the larger ones Mike, but how about let's go shopping!!! I dying to go back west the the LFS we met at...or try others in the area... The more the merrier!!! There's a LFS here that has quite a few brown and yellow mystery snails, I can pick u up a few if u like.... Theyre pretty cheap!!!


    (per the linked conversation below, they may be cheap cuz they may chomp on plants... So far mine haven't... If u want to risk it, I'll grab a few... And keep em till we can meet up)....
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    More info...

    http://www.applesnail.net/content/species_genera.htm

    And for those that didn't know (like me a few moments ago)...

    http://www.fishforums.com/forum/inve...ry-snails.html

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    I hated snails when I first started out. Now I love them. The bigger ones are almost more fun to watch than my fish.

    I remember when I first put my mystery snail in my betta sorority tank, he wasn't that big and all the bettas punked him. After a few months, he was huge, and he'd whip his way through them with his eyes to get to their food lol.
    Last edited by Kev; 11-02-2013 at 05:05 PM. Reason: Typo

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    I don't like the super small pond snails. I have small tanks and it makes them look "dirty" to me. I like nerite snails though.

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    I have: Thiara Winteri Snail, Red Trumpet Snail, Purple Rabbit Snail, thorny trumpet snail, Yellow Rabbit Snail, Sun Nerite, and mud-snails.

    Desire: mini-Apple Snail, mini-Mystery Snail, Golden Rabbit Snail, and European Pond Snail.

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    I dig most snails but dont care for the tiny ramshorns. I have 4 medium sized horned nerites that only seem to be interested in reproduction for the last few months. I did acquire some pond snails via hitch hiking and they arent that out of control so I am enjoying them too.

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    Someone here use to sell different colored large snails... Can anyone ID the member? Is this person still selling these???

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimMivon View Post
    I have: Thiara Winteri Snail, Red Trumpet Snail, Purple Rabbit Snail, thorny trumpet snail, Yellow Rabbit Snail, Sun Nerite, and mud-snails.

    Desire: mini-Apple Snail, mini-Mystery Snail, Golden Rabbit Snail, and European Pond Snail.
    Love the exotic snails, would love to see some of your's, Jim

    Quote Originally Posted by wooward View Post
    I don't like the super small pond snails. I have small tanks and it makes them look "dirty" to me. I like nerite snails though.
    An assassin snail fixes that pond snail problem... but will eat other snails too... caution

    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    I hated snails when I first started out. Now I love them. The bigger ones are almost more fun to watch than my fish.
    I continue to be surprised at how fast some of them can get up and down or across the tanks... I'm still amazed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    I only have a few of the larger ones Mike, but how about let's go shopping!!! I dying to go back west the the LFS we met at...or try others in the area... The more the merrier!!! There's a LFS here that has quite a few brown and yellow mystery snails, I can pick u up a few if u like.... Theyre pretty cheap!!!

    (per the linked conversation below, they may be cheap cuz they may chomp on plants... So far mine haven't... If u want to risk it, I'll grab a few... And keep em till we can meet up)....
    Happy to meet up anytime, Mike

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck View Post
    I dig most snails but dont care for the tiny ramshorns. I have 4 medium sized horned nerites that only seem to be interested in reproduction for the last few months. I did acquire some pond snails via hitch hiking and they arent that out of control so I am enjoying them too.
    Too bad nerites need brackish to successfully hatch out, I'd love to have more in our tanks, both horned and zebra, cool!
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    ...I also forgot the Chinese Black Trumpet Snail(invasive species in Oregon rivers), Orange Rabbit Snails, and BumbleBee trumpet Alabama Snail(yellow and black stripes, resembles the Assasin snail in colors)

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    I have a few horned nerites and an assassin I picked for a pond snail problem. I'd really like to get a White Spotted Towuti Snail from Sulawesi!
    Anyone feel like building a snail database like the shrimp one? It would be cool to see the pics and care data all in one place.
    Last edited by Elo500; 11-10-2013 at 08:50 PM.

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    Hey Erich... I'd be super willing to help but couldn't take the lead role in doing this (my work is just too demanding time wise)... But if u wanted to colloborate, it sounds like a fun project....

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    Hmm...as I don't have any real experience to write on, and copy and paste from other sites is probably frowned upon, I guess it will take some research. Shall we start with just a list of common freshwater snails with varieties and scientific names? Hmm.... Wonder how many there are.

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