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Freshwater Aquarium - How I Control Ramshorn Snails

June 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 254

Introduction

One of things I wanted to do when I started my freshwater aquarium was to keep snails out, especially Ramshorn snails, because I had heard they can take over an aquarium. I spent extra money to ensure I purchased snail free aquarium plants just to keep my aquarium snail free.

One time, without thinking, I purchased plants from a a store I was not familiar with and I paid the price. I did take extra care to wash my new plants to remove debris and snails, but that was not enough. All I needed to do was miss one snail or one egg and I could guarantee myself a good crop of snails.

Within two weeks I had Ramshorn snails crawling all over my aquarium.

Research Ramshorn Snails

When I found that I had the Ramshorn snail in my aquarium, I immediately researched the subject to learn how to get rid of them. I quickly found out that I should learn to control them rather than eradicate them.

The snails are very good at keeping my aquarium clean. They will eat the algae and even eat dead plants. Since they were good at keeping my aquarium clean, I rapidly turned from trying to eradicate them to just keeping them under control.

Controlling The Ramshorn Snails

When I looked at trying to control the Ramshorn snails I found that certain fish love to eat them. This includes kissing Gourami and Tiger Barb. I had both kinds of these fish in my freshwater aquarium but they were not eating the snails.

So the question was, why were my fish not eating the snails? Then it hit me, they were not hungry and preferred my fish flakes and blood worms to snails.

I consulted an Aquarist at our local pet fish store who told me that I should only feed them once a day and only feed them what they can eat in two minutes.

I reduced their feeding to once a day and solved two problems when I did that. The first problem was they started eating the Ramshorn snails. This solved the main problem I was trying to solve, keeping my snails under control.

The second problem I solved was the nitrate levels were reduced in in the tank. Apparently the high levels of nitrates in my aquarium water was caused by the decay of excess food.

Conclusion

If you want to control the amount of Ramshorn snails in your aquarium, get some fish that eat them such as Tiger Barbs.

J.W. Chase is an amateur Aquarist who has successfully been keeping aquariums for over 35 years. Over 75% of people who start aquariums fail in the first month for lack of knowledge. If you want more information on how to keep an aquarium, go to his web site and download a free eBook on "15 Tips On Building And Maintaining An Aquarium" at http://www.squidoo.com/homefreshwateraquariums.

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