Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #409

>From: olga at arts_ubc.ca (Olga Betts)
>Date: Thu, 26 Dec 1996 10:59:01 +0800
>Subject: Re: snails
>>From: Thomas Price <tprice at u_washington.edu>
>>Date: Wed, 25 Dec 1996 09:49:38 -0800 (PST)
>>Subject: snails
>>If you opt for the clown loaches, it seems like 4 is the magic number of
>>these schooling fish.  If I have four or more in a tank, they behave
>>normally (that is neurotically, normal for them).  Fewer than 4, ad they
>>hide all the time.
>I have two clown loaches which I bought both because I liked them and to
>get rid of pond snails. They did an excellent job on the snails and are out
>and about all the time. They did hide in the beginning and they will hide
>again if you significantly alter their habitat but otherwise mine are out
>all the time.
>About the snails -- if they are ramshorn snails or malaysian trumpet snails
>you don't need to worry about them -- in fact they will eat soft algaes and
>food debris and not the plants. So perhaps you should ID your snails before
>doing anything.

It has been my experence that ramshorn snails will eat plants especally
Cryptocoryne species.
I think you should stay away from any snail as a algee control.

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