Removing Snails from the Freshwater Aquarium | Fish FAQs

The ramshorn snail is a common pest in the freshwater aquarium. Pictured is Planorbella trivolvis.
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Neritidae snails, FW, sel. 7/13/10
Hi, I have been looking for freshwater Neritidae snails. Can you pleasetell me if you handle them or where to get them? Also, in theinformation that I have been able to find about them, some say thatthey will not multiply and others that they will. Which is right?

Consequently these snails aren't easy to breed in captivity. Thereare a very few exceptions, like the European species Theodoxusfluviatilis, that can complete their life cycle in freshwater. But theones you see in pet shops, such as the African zebra Nerite Neritinanatalensis and the Indo-Pacific zebra Nerite Vittina coromandelianawill not breed under aquarium conditions. Cheers,Neale.>
Pond snails or bladder snails (Physidae) are also common aquatic snails occuring in ponds and freshwater aquariums.
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In the developed world, people encounter freshwater snails most commonly in aquaria along with tropical fish. Species available vary in different parts of the world. In the United States, commonly available species include such as , such as , the high-spired thiarid , and several species. Mar 9, 2014 - When it comes to snails in the freshwater aquarium, not all of them are bad
Photo provided by FlickrFreshwater aquarium snails thrive in water between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius
Photo provided by FlickrMany species of freshwater snail live in the wild and can find their way into home aquariums
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- Introduction to water chillers.Snails make a decorative addition to your freshwater aquarium and help keep algae in check. If you have a male and female snail in the tank, you're sure to have babies within a matter of weeks if your tank temperature is between 68 and 82 degrees. In some instances a lone female snail will lay fertile eggs months after she comes home from the aquarium store, as she can effectively store the male's sperm for long periods.While you often hear hobbyists saying they can't get rid of all the snails in their tank, having snails in your freshwater aquarium as a rule is actually quite beneficial. Most snails act as a "clean up crew" in the aquarium, eating excess food, decaying plant or fish matter, and moving gravel on the tank bottom. The problem with snails in an aquarium is that they reproduce very quickly, and can marr your beautiful tank by being stuck all over the glass and decorations. The real challenge is keeping the snail population in check.When it comes to freshwater snails, not all of them are bad for your aquarium. In fact, snails can be beneficial for your aquarium. You only need to know which ones to keep and what to avoid.