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Re: Snail Population Booms/Causes and Cures
I have dealt with a pond snail outbreak. They do a good job of cleaning things, but they were in fact eating my plants. Bought two assassin snails which ended up making babies, and now 6 months later, all I ever see are a few egg pouches, and there are only three assassins left.
Assassins are great but you have to be ok with watching their numbers dwindle along with your snail outbreak as their food source disappears. Also, as stated, it took 6 months for the pond snails to be controlled.
I would have kept the pond snails as cleanup crew but people viewing my tank always asked about them rather than the tank, and some were even grossed out by the snails (why I don't know), in addition to the pond snails eating my plants.
Another way you can get snails is if a pet store clerk scoops some into the bag when getting your fish for you. This is solved by netting the fish out of the pet store bag instead of dumping fish and water into the tank together.
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