Are the snails good for my tank or could they harm my fish

Cory Catfish and Otocinclus Catfish are also good tank mates for Rabbit Snails
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Mystery Snail tank mates include shy, peaceful non-aggressive freshwater community tank fish. Mystery Snail tank mates can include like: , , , , and . Other tank mates can include other like: , , , and , for example. As for fish, regular calm community tank fish can be good choices as are bottom feeders and algae eaters such as and .
Are snails good for fish tanks?
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The Ivory Snail is another good community snail to put in a fish tank because they don’t multiply very quickly, they don’t eat aquarium plants, and they don’t eat other snails. Ivory snails are more than happy to eat algae and other leftovers like spare fish food. These snails are great for cleaning fish tanks. I really want to know that these snails are good for my fish tank and all my fish or not
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Apple snails are easy animals that do well in a common aquarium or a pond. They can live together with most fish species and they can be used to keep the aquarium clean of algae. Not all apple snail species are a good choice for aquaria as their voracious appetite for aquatic vegetation is often not desired and the bigger can cause problems with the water quality in smaller tanks.
The purpose of this guide is to provide a solid guide for everyone keeping these snails and to avoid the most common misconceptions and pitfalls. These are great snails to have because they love to feast on everything including uneaten fish food, algae, and other forms of debris found in fish tanks. One thing that needs to be said is that they are good at escaping from fish tanks, so they are only recommended for fish tanks that have a lid on them.Apple snails that are found in the aquarium trade don't make high demands when it comes to water quality: they can live very well in clear, streaming, oxygen-rich water as well in still water, with rotting organic waste, containing almost no oxygen.
In general one should apply the same rules for water quality as with fish (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate etc) and the water should not be too soft. Like most snails, apple snails prefer calcium rich water. If the calcium concentration in the water isn't high enough (soft water), they aren't able to build a strong and become susceptible to shell damage, but even in good conditions, some snails still get little holes in the shell surface, especially in the older parts of their shell. This is a naturally occurring process and as long it's only at the surface, you shouldn't worry too much about it. In the '' section, you can see an example of a snail with a damaged shell. Young and healthy snails are somewhat protected against this as the consist of a protein layer that prevents a breakdown of the shell, but damaged shells and shells of older snails are quite vulnerable to .
Warning! If the tap-water in your area contains copper and/or other metals, use one of these water preparation products that catch away those metals bofere putting the snail in the water. Apple snails are very sensitive for these compounds (especially copper). You won't be the first one loosing a snail due to this snail-toxic substances in the water. If you see that the snails become completely inactive or if the snails, especially the little ones, try to leave the water after a water change: get a product to treat the water (like aquasafe or for those with access to a lab: use EDTA or something similar).
When there are many apple snails in a tank, the water tends to become cloudy because apple snails have a large amount of microorganisms in their , which help to digest the food, and which are expelled with the faeces. These micro-organisms (amoebocytes) should not cause any harm to the fish and can even serve as a food source for young fish. Fresh food (lettuce etc.) are more likely to induce this micro-organism based clouding of the water. If the snails are fed with dry fish food, the water will stay cleaner. It is a good idea to do regular water changes if you have many creatures in one tank, just like one would advise with fish, to maintain good water quality and to avoid accumulation of toxic substances and waste. By the way, apple snails are good indicators for the oxygen-level in your tank. When there isn't much oxygen in the water, the snails will regularly come to the surface to inhale fresh air through the breathing . Only when there is enough oxygen for them in the water, they don't need their and solely depend on their . GET ON THE FREE LIVE 'PLANTED TANK 101' WEBINAR & GET A 50% OFF COUPON!


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