Did My Goldfish Eat My Snail? | My Aquarium Club

Hi, any common aquarium fish that like to eat snails
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Overall the main thing you need to keep in mind before you add freshwater invertebrates to your tank is the tank itself. If you have live plants snails might not be the best option for you. If you have fish that tend to eat invertebrates you will not want to add them to your tank unless you are planning them on using them as feeders. Most freshwater invertebrates are peaceful additions to the home aquarium system.
What aquarium fish will eat worms and not snails?
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Hello fish tank people! This is a quick video on my Assassin snails. These guys love to eat pest snails in the aquarium and do an amazing job! The assassin snail originates from South east Asia and you can buy them easily in most tropical fish shops.

I find these to be a great addition to any tropical fish tank as they are so useful. They are also known as the Bumble Bee snail as they have very attractive yellow and brown stripes on their shell.

Assassins are actually a type of freshwater whelk and not a true snail at all. They are relatively slow to breed and spend a lot of time hidden underneath the substrate. I have a problem with pond snails that must have come in on a plant. Are there any fish that will do well in a 25 gallon aquarium, will eat pond.
Photo provided by FlickrMany freshwater snails act as scavengers. In aquariums, this trait can prove useful. Most freshwater snails will eat extra fish food, as well as dead and dying fish.
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Despite the fact that snails are beautiful animals, there are situations in which they are unwanted.
This could be for example when there is an excess of snails in an aquarium. Also it's a fact that not everyone is pleased with snails and even consider snails to be harmful and some species do eat your aquatic vegetation. However, it's important to realise that snails can play an important role in maintaining a healthy eco-system in an aquarium: they remove dead fish, they eat decaying vegetation, clean up food excesses and snails as the are beneficial for the bottom quality.
The snail population should stay relatively constant and an excessive growth in the snail population indicates possible problems in the balance of your aquarium (primary a food excess).
Another occasion in which snails are unwelcome is when they treat human food production. In the case of apple snails this applies to area's where they are artificially introduced (e.g. and Hawaii) where the apple snails can cause to rice fields and taro patches.
Furthermore, you might want to kill a snail for reasons (dissection of the snail to learn more about invertebrate ) or to reduce the spread of snail transmitted that can affect humans and cattle. Snail eating fish
The introduction of snail eating fish can help to control the snail population.
Not all snail eating fish are equally good in removing snails and some fish are great snails eaters, but aren't well suited for most aquaria. An example of the latter are puffer, which primary feed on snails, but also tend to get aggressive towards other fish.
A list of snail eating fish is available at the of this site. Complete tear down of the tank
This very drastic method is one of the best methods if you want to remove *all* snails from an aquarium, but for most of us, it the last option if all other methods fail.
A complete tear down means removal of the fish and the water, taking out all vegetation and collect the bottom material.
All fish should be put in a separated tank with adequate water quality. A good option is to use the water from the tank as the fish are already adapted to this water.
Remove all snails and eggs from the plants and after that they should be threatened with a weak potassium permanganate bath (see above) or another snail killing bath.
The gravel should be boiled to kill all snails and their eggs that are hiding in here.
Clean all other objects thoroughly and clean the tanks itself as well (don't use detergents for this!). A good sponge and warm water should do it.
The filter should be cleaned as well (obvious): put the filter without filter material in the 10 mg/l potassium permanganate solution for one hour (with the filter running). Rinse the filter with clean water and put in new filter material.
After all this the aquarium environment can be put together again.
Note!: The cleaned aquarium needs some time to rebalance again and the fish should only be reintroduced after this period (3 days to a week). Use a part of the old water to speed up the balancing. How to get rid of snails in a home aquarium
“The Compressor Method” March 5, 2012
I have a 140 quart aquarium for warm water fish. A few months ago it was invaded by little snails that did not stop reproducing. Everyday I would crush 10-15 of them while they were climbing the walls. My search through the web indicated that it is impossible to get rid of these little pests permanently without the drastic resort of a complete cleanup of the substratum, filters, plants, etc.
I did get rid of them all in about two weeks without any drastic cleaning method or chemicals or killer fish or asian cannibal snails.
Simply I noticed that the snails reproduced under the aquarium substrate, under the plastic support (where the beneficial bacteria leave). I got a small portable compressor of the type used for tires, sold at any hardware store and connected it to the air intake. That produced an underwater tsunami, especially when I obstructed the two air exit holes. It forced all the air being blown to run under the substratum, and eventually leave through the gravel, and in the process seriously disturbed the snails’ reproduction grounds. I can imagine their eggs where dislodged from where the mother placed them and thus destroyed.
I repeated this procedure twice daily for about two weeks. The observed snails started being smaller in size and eventually also in number until one day I noticed that I had not seen a snail for the whole weekend. Since then they never came back!!!! So I found an ecological solution that did not distub the fish nor the beneficial bacteria…and it was effective. I must add that I also got rid of all plants and replaced them by pieces of my collection of Murano paperweights and small colorfull plates. They look splendid and are much cleaner and pest free.
Comments welcome!!
Carlos Alfredo Rodriguez