How to get rid of snails in aquarium

Quite a lot of aquarists beginners face the problem of how to control snails population in a tank (melania snail, ramshorn snail and snails from Physidae family), when their number becomes too big.

So, two questions rise simultaneously: how to get rid of these snails and where did they come from?

Well, if you haven’t put them into the tank on purpose, they could have got into it together with the bought tank plants whose leaves might have had snails eggs on them.

As it’s known many kinds of snails are hermaphrodite species and provided with good feed just one snail may create a thousand species. At that you won’t see snails juveniles, since usually they hide when they are small and then, after they grow up, they start appearing in all their number.

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Apple snail (Ampullariidae)

Apple snail (Pomacea bridgesii) is a large, bright and very popular tank snail. In aquarium husbandry these snails can be also called: mystery snails, golden snail, ivory snails, inca snail and so on.

In addition, besides the most common name the snail has – golden apple snail; since it can be of different colorings, correspondingly it has different names. There also exists a snail that looks a lot alike golden apple snail – it is zebra apple snail (Asolene spixi), however it belongs to another snail kind.

However, don’t be confused with such a variety of names. All apple snails species despite their differences in appearance are alike in their behavior and care.


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Ramshorn snail (Planorbis rubrum)

Ramshorn snails (Planorbis rubrum) are good for any freshwater tank. Red ramshorn snails feed on algae and feed leftovers which are dangerous for fishes health.

Also, these snails server as some special indicator of a tank water quality – if all ramshorn snails have raised up from the tank bottom to the water surface, it means that there’s something wrong with the tank water and it’s time for water renew.

There can be seen a lot of negative feedback as for these snails, since they breed rather easily and fill up a tank. But this happens only if the tank owner overfeeds his fishes and ramshorn snails don’t have their natural enemies in the tank.

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