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Freshwater Aquarium - Snails For Your Freshwater Aquarium

May 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 207

Introduction

Aquarium snails are a good way to control algae and even nitrites in your aquarium. So what type of snail is good for your freshwater aquarium.

There are many different types of freshwater snails to choose from. So do your research well to obtain the right snail for your aquarium. Here are some of the attributes you will want to know:

  • How big will the snail grow?
  • What is their reproduction rate?
  • What do they eat?

Ramshorn Snail - This is one of the most common snails found in freshwater aquariums today. Some Aquarist consider these pests yet others consider them one of the snails you need for your aquarium.

Here are the attributes:

  • Size - These snails are small and can grow up to a length of 1 cm.
  • Reproduction Rate - These snails are considered hermaphroditic, so you only need one to start a colony. Because of their reproduction rate, some Aquarist considered them pests if they are not controlled.
  • Food - The Ramshorn snail is an excellent janitor for your aquarium. They will devour algae, excess food, dead plants and dead fish. By performing this duty they help keep your water clean and your nitrates under control.

Nertite Snail - These snails can survive in almost any type of water from saltwater to brackish to freshwater. There many different types of Nertite snail and it all depends on the coloring you want.

Here are their attributes;

  • Size - Like the Ramshorn, these snails are also small and can grow up to one cm in size.
  • Reproductive Rate - If kept in freshwater aquariums the reproductive rate of this type of snail is next to zero. But if you do want to attempt breeding them, unlike Ramshorn snails you will need at least one male and one female.
  • Food - These little fellows will do a good job of eating the algae that accumulates in your tank. You may want to periodically feed them algae wafers.

Mystery Snail - Mystery snails are related to the Apple snail. There are a few theories on why they are called Mystery snails. One theory is they do not know why they lay their eggs above the water line when all other snails lay their eggs below the water line. Another thought is that it is a mystery why they are called mystery snails.

Here are their attributes:

  • Size - This is one of the larger freshwater snails who can grow to a size of 3 cm.
  • Reproductive Rate - Their reproductive rate is not as fast as Ramshorn snails because you will need both a female and male snail to have reproduction.
  • Food - These are also good janitors for your aquarium for they will eat algae, dead or decaying plants and excess fish food in the substrate.

There is also the Apple snail that some people like in their aquarium. Stay away from these because they can cause infestations, like in Southeast Asia, if released to the wild. In fact some states do not allow them to be sold in their state.

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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