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red devil _ orgnl
08-19-2004, 08:23 PM
i have a snail in my tank witih my red devil i cant put a pleco cuase he kills it are snails better than pleco's and what do snails eat?

jf2381
08-19-2004, 08:42 PM
Originally posted by red devil _ orgnl
are snails good?
yeah..my red devil loves eating them...lol

They eat algae and food that they find.

red devil _ orgnl
08-19-2004, 09:05 PM
aww crap poor snail lol can i feed him guppies? whats better sand or gravel? and y ?

SuperDave9x19
08-24-2004, 07:51 AM
I never liked escargot myself.

Rudy
08-24-2004, 08:16 AM
Watch the snails. I would find something else. Most snails will breed so rapidly that they will infest everything in your tank. Filters, glass, rocks, pretty much anything and everything.

r6racer75
09-02-2004, 08:41 PM
Congratulations! You've just completed the life cycle of some fish parasites.

Some parasites use inverts such as snails as an intermediate host before going free swimming and infecting your fish. To help keep your fish health high I would not recommend snails in any tank. Plus, you can not treat with a snail in your tank. Anything will kill it including salt and Formalin. Its death could cause an amonia problem depending on your tanks filtration.

Just my .02

Rex Karr
09-02-2004, 08:55 PM
I don't really see the snail as a threat to the fish, it will be eaten before long. Red Devils are highly adapted invertabrate feeders and no snail will last long with a Red Devil.

z rock
09-18-2004, 11:07 PM
If you have maylasian trumpet snails (MTS),they stay small. Usually hitch a ride on a plant. If fish eats them it may poo snail eggs. Some people actually like snails. I can't stand em,but what are we to do. I used to be a beliver in the Snail-Away (copper sulphate) products. Then I read a storie that it may make my fish sterile for a few months. I don't think salt would faze em.

There is another theory that nitrates are consumed in an oxygen free anoxic atmospher that exist in a substrate.That the snails would act like a critter in a salt water plenlum system and stir the gravel enough so it would consume nitrate. Seems like to me 1000's of little bugs would be creating more nitrate than they would be helping to get rid of.

It grosses me out to think about having enough snails in my sand to perform that function.

Anyway,I have 4 Synodontis multipunctatus catfish and 2-4" clown loaches in my 125g. I never see a snail in the tank itself.But one day I did find my Mag 350 canister totaly plugged up with em.

Rats! I sure did like that copper sulphate. It's gonna be hard to give up,cause I'm not putting up with no snails!

Seedy
09-29-2004, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by r6racer75
Congratulations! You've just completed the life cycle of some fish parasites.

Some parasites use inverts such as snails as an intermediate host before going free swimming and infecting your fish. To help keep your fish health high I would not recommend snails in any tank. Plus, you can not treat with a snail in your tank. Anything will kill it including salt and Formalin. Its death could cause an amonia problem depending on your tanks filtration.

Just my .02
I think the Parasite that Racer is thinking of is the Schistosomes....

LOL....Well....Schistosomiasis any one?...Unless your snails are wild caught from AFRICA! And happened to live the first part of their gastropodal life in a water supply that was fouled with human wastes... (now wouldn't that be something?) you will not have to worry about shcistisomes...also, In General...Parasites are usually extremely specialised to only use one specific host species...Unless you just happened to have the correct vector species of snail, (and the snail was infected...probably would have to be wild caught form dirty water with a human population that has Schistosomiasis...since this isn't transmittable from snail to snail)....AND the correct host species of fish...AND, you happened to crack the snail open while the parasites were in the free swimming stage, and the larvae buried into the fish it might...might....get a few cysts in it's liver...