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Snail Buddies / To Snail or Not?
Last post by TheProfessoR - March 06, 2019, 12:25:17 am
I am now and again asked if snails should be kept alongside shrimp in an aquarium.

Fact is, it does not take me very long to answer a resounding yes and in most of my shrimp tanks can be found Malaysian Trumpet Snails along with varying hues of Ramshorn Snails.

Along with those, a couple of my tanks also include the common pond snail, that found their way in on the backs of plants and have now established healthy populations over time.

OK, why would anyone wish to include these snails in their dwarf shrimp aquariums?  Well, as it happens, they are awesome scavengers and they help keep your tank clean by consuming any uneaten food, algae, decaying plant matter and any poop they find lying about, and in the case of the Malaysian Trumpet Snails, they also aerate your substate, a bit like a farmer ploughing a field.

Those snails mentioned will not eat your baby shrimp and for the most part, will not bother your live plants and their numbers can be regulated by observing one golden rule, DO NOT OVERFEED!

From my perspective, there really is no down side to including these varieties in your tank, that is, as long as you are happy with their appearance as they go about their daily lives and perhaps don't mind a few Ramshorn egg deposits adorning the glass here and there. These deposits incidentally, will actually drop off the glass when the baby snails hatch and will sink to the bottom to be consumed or vacuumed up. 

There are many hobbyists now, selectively breeding Ramshorn Snails for new colors, with red, brown, pink, gold, jade, ivory and blue being some of the hues offered, with the rarer colors fetching substantial sums when/if sold.

Bottom line, these snails are easy to breed and a self sustaining population will be developed quite quickly, so if you can live with the sight of snails wandering about your tank and would like to avail yourself of the numerous benefits these particular creatures have to offer offer, then I can recommend them wholeheartedly.

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Say Howdy / Re: Sabertooth Here - Neocarid...
Last post by sabertooth - March 04, 2019, 05:18:05 pm
Quote from: dingus2018 on March 04, 2019, 06:31:04 amHey sabertooth, sounds like you have got the technique down. The way I'm reading your post is that you have all those varieties housed in one tank, am I reading that right?
I have a community tank "skittles tank" of mixed neos that i started around October last year after watching Shrimp Lab and L.R.Bretz's Aquatics youtube's for a bit of fun and well as line specific tanks. The community tank of neo's throws about 10% wilds and is in its 2nd&3rd round of mixed births. The yellows are the first to wash out a bit in a mixed tank and you start to see them transition to green but all the others are still strong colours. 
Also just started another community tank last month of cardinia's, Tangerine and orange eyed blue/blond tigers mixed in with crystal red/black shrimp all kept in regular tap water as an experiment. The bloke i got the cardinia's from was growing them in ph7.4, gh6,kh2, so similar to the tap water in my area. Fingers crossed i get births.
If i get some good colours from the mixed tanks i will move them to a line tank and grow them out.   
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Snail Buddies / Re: Buddies - Baby Blue Leopa...
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:42:10 am
Nice pics of these attractive animals.
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Snail Buddies / Re: How Long Till Ramshorn Sna...
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:40:52 am
It's a little dependant on local conditions, temperature etc but typically between ten and forty days, mine seem to need around three weeks from whoa to go.
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Snail Buddies / Re: Got snails!
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:36:34 am
I agree, feeding or lack thereof is probably the best way to keep their numbers under control.
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Say Howdy / Re: Howdy Y'all
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:32:16 am
Hey there ...
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Say Howdy / Re: Sabertooth Here - Neocarid...
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:31:04 am
Hey sabertooth, sounds like you have got the technique down. The way I'm reading your post is that you have all those varieties housed in one tank, am I reading that right?
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Say Howdy / Re: hello
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:28:03 am
Interesting post, hello.
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Say Howdy / Re: I'm Jess
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:27:27 am
Hello Jess.
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Say Howdy / Re: Whos a little crazy about ...
Last post by dingus2018 - March 04, 2019, 06:26:46 am
Howdy Zak.
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