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Snail problem? What snail problem?

I know some people disagree with me, but I just don't think of snails 
as a problem.  I look at a tank with snails and think, "now there's a 
healthy aquarium."  Why be offended when nature's little janitors decide
that your sump needs some polishing?

Actually, it'd be offended as an aquatic gardener if I *couldn't* keep 
snails in my aquariums.  It's like having a garden without bees and 
butterflies...but perhaps a better analogue would be ladybugs. Now, if 
you've got the *wrong* kind of snails, *then* you may have a problem.

But if you insist on eradicating the best macroscopic detrivore in your 
microcosm, let me get off my soap-box and suggest something...and I'll 
be the first to admit that too many snails in your garden can be 

Try putting a couple of clown loaches in your sump (if it's big enough). 
If your sump is too small, put them in your tank and place a small-mesh 
screen on all intakes to your sump (and scoop out the snails currently

Carlos E. Munoz 
<cmunoz at crystal_cirrus.com>

PS:  And no, I don't brake for snails. :)

>Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 21:44:01 -0300
>From: greg <sweeper at writeme_com>
>Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #504
> sorry for the off topic question, but i need to find out if any body ever 
>>had a snail problem in there sump, if so what did they do?
>thank you,
>greg kennedy