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Re: Snails & algae

>I know this topic has ocme up before and I have been reading the archives
>and the krib for everyones information.  Ok the snails that have popped up
>in my tank have grown up enough for me to be able to describe them.. I dont
>know if this description will help but hoep somoene has a clue what sort
>they are - they are still small.. prolly about 1cm in diameter and have
>clear shells just about up to the spiral where it is dark brownish.  I don't
>know what sort of snails they are (if they are good or bad) and if I should
>get any clown loaches to kick there buts :o)

Why? They will eat your algae. If they look like a spiral coming to a point,
they are MTS's. If they look like a football or a rugby ball they are pond
snails, and if they are round and about 1 cm max diameter they are the
Ramshorns. All of these are great for plant tank and they DO NOT eat plants
.......even the most delicate of plants. Other snails may eat your plants
but these three don't  ever........unless your plant is dying/rotting
already. They are easy to keep, propagate fast, make good fish food for some
fish, dirt cheap and do not harm even the most delicate of fine needled
plants unlike many of the fish such as SAE's Flag fish, & barbs etc.

>Also with the thread algae has taken a hold of my tank and I haven't been
>dosing, feeding sparingly and water changing but now I need something that
>eats it.  I have 2 large grown up siamese algae eaters but they seem to be
>lazy, and 2 bristle nose catfish which only eat the slimy flat algae types..
>will smaller SAEs much the thread algae or should i try some other sort of
>fish (I heard some livebearers are good?). I'm nearly tempted to give up on
>this tank because within the next week I will have a brand spanking new one
>to setup... ahh well :o)

Barbs may help. They like any thing that looks like a thread or is furry.
Riccia also.
>Jon Hammond
>Perth, Western Australia

Tom Barr