Snail Care

  1. Yes, you read that right, snail care.

    My fish tank, because of a lot of light, has been growing algae like crazy. People at the fish store recommended a snail or two to eat the algae. And i know that if they run out of algae to eat, you can feed them algae pellets, but this place did not have any paper info (or web info) for the care of snails. The only luck i'm finding online for snails is as an appetizer for humans (gross) or as a food for other animals.

    Anyone have any links?
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Fresh water tank or salt water? Then I can steer you in the right direction.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Fresh water (sorry, forgot to specify that).
  5. by   P_RN
    We had some kind of black fish that "sucked" up and down the glass and ate the algae. Anybody know it's name? I'm always afraid of snails because they can really get out of hand in their reproduction.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Plecostemus (sp). I called them 'vacuum fish' when i was little. They used to hang out on the sides of the tanks.

    The only problem with those is that they need an air pump, which i don't have.

    If i were to get a snail, i'd only get one per tank. I've heard they are like underwater rabbits.
  7. by   suzanne4
    One snail is not going to be able to keep the tank clean. I would go with the fish and just get a small air pump for a couple of dollars to put in there. That fish can actually live for years and years. How large is your tank?
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    2 gallons. I never had an air pump, since all that's in it is one betta.
  9. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    2 gallons. I never had an air pump, since all that's in it is one betta.
    that could be adding to your algae problem...stagnant water. Also, they should make chemicals that will kill the algae especially with such a small tank. And it shouldnt harm the fish. We had beta's for a long time. Loved to see the males flare up in front of a mirror....toooooo funny!
  10. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    If i were to get a snail, i'd only get one per tank. I've heard they are like underwater rabbits.
    we got a rabbit for Easter one year when I was little and turns out she was preggo before we got her...in a few weeks we had baby bunnies EVERYWHERE! ooohhh they were so cute.
    But i would hate to wake up and realize that i had bought a preggo snail...do they lay fertilized eggs?! I don't know how snails reproduce but the whole idea is just gross. Don't they live outside the water too? would it be able to get out (((((shudders))))))
  11. by   dianah
    I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies (snails)!!!!
  12. by   canoehead
    Go to the fish store and ask them for a "scum sucker". they will very primly inform you that the proper term is "algae eater" and direct you to several very ugly species. Pick the smallest- 2 gallons is tiny.
  13. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Yes, you read that right, snail care.

    My fish tank, because of a lot of light, has been growing algae like crazy. People at the fish store recommended a snail or two to eat the algae. And i know that if they run out of algae to eat, you can feed them algae pellets, but this place did not have any paper info (or web info) for the care of snails. The only luck i'm finding online for snails is as an appetizer for humans (gross) or as a food for other animals.

    Anyone have any links?
    http://www.justbajan.com/pets/fish/articles/rid_snails/

    http://www.applesnail.net/content/va...radication.htm

    http://www.firsttankguide.net/pestsnails.php

    http://www.aquariacentral.com/fishin...sh/pleco.shtml


    Marie, I opted for an Pleco algae eater fish a.k.a "sucker fish". I have always had a fish tank and it has been my experience and that of sooo many that if you get a snail you will soon have the tank infested with them. If you ask at the petstore they should be able to tell you that a snail is not recommended.

    Reason: These are usually asexual and will reproduce very fast. It lays many eggs.

    Anyhow, sucker fish are excellent algae eaters.

    Funny thing is that I have had him for a while now and he is quite chubby. When I first set up the tank I got him and bough a few algae disks to feed it until the tank produced its own.
    Last edit by Jessy_RN on Nov 19, '05
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I change the water often, it doesn't get a chance to get stagnent.

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