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Ramshorn snail and plants

Discussion in 'Inverts' started by jipan, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. jipan

    jipan New Member

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    I'm wondering, will ramshorn snails eat plants when they can't find algae to eat? I found some of my buce had torn and holes on leaves and a ramshorn snail on it. I had no idea if the thing cleaning the algae on the leaves surface or eating the leaves. Also got some holes on my hygrophila polysperma (both the common and sunset / roesenvig variety).

    I dosed micros about 1/3 doses weekly so I don't think it's from micro deficiency. This is non CO, dirted tank with mid-high light.
     
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    I've been having problems with red ramshorns eating my Cardamine. It's gotten bad enough (much worse than when the photo was taken) I think I will have to remove it. They haven't touched my Hygrophila corymbosa.
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    Wow, you got problem with them too?! They devastated one of my buce, and torn holes on the other one. My hygrophila is alright, those grow fast enough not to affected by the snails. Now, I already move them to my holding container.

    They cleaned up algae really fast. And pretty too, those red-orange color is really nice. Unfortunately after algae gone they go after plants...

    I guess what use left of them is as feed for my assassin snails. My assassin snails LOVES them! Better go with Malaysian Trumpet snails and Nerites and ghost shrimps, I guess.
     
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    My snail disposal unit: [​IMG]

    The only problem is that I have to move them manually. He's not interested in minnows much (they're breeding in his tank...) buts he's relentless with snails. He spent 20min successfully breaking into an apple snail about half his own size. He can smell out MTS in the substrate and dig them out. Putting him in my planted tank would be a cure much worse than the disease. That's OK though as I plan to keep the ramshorns and just reduce their numbers and remove the most sensitive plants.
     
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    Aww what a cute little guy... I guess those minnows too fast for him too catch? That or he is just too lazy lol

    I actually likes MTS, they helps aerated my substrates. Put a assassin snails or two and their number will be controlled.
     
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    He's eaten a couple, one when they were first introduced and one a couple months later when they were both going for the same piece of food. That was sort of a fluke. A third went missing a few weeks ago and I assume he ate it. Mostly he's not interested, which 1) makes sense given their diet in the wild, and 2) makes me happy because now I have been able to keep three Otos and BN Pleco in the tank too. Also, the minnows have become pets at this point. The crazy thing is that when the male minnows are guarding eggs they actually push him off. They ram his face and physically spin him around.

    I like MTS too. I introduced mine on purpose, partly to consume detritus and aerate the soil, and partly as a source of food for the turtle.
     
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    The best snail cure I found after trying, assassin snails, beetle nut extract, and pea puffers, was the pea puffer. I had a 55 gallon overrun with Malaysian trumpet snails, and ramshorn. I introduced 3 pea puffer and they were reduced by 80% in just one night. The downside was I only really needed one of those fish because there wasn't enough snails to sustain 3. The pea puffers even eat snails larger than themselves. They cost a couple dollars, but are really worth it, and fun to watch.
     
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