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PostSubject: What are snails like at cleaning?   Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:21 pm

What are snails like at cleaning an aquarium? people say they will clean up but at the same time they leave a slime trail behind every where,
would you say that snails would be better at cleaning a tank than cory's?

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:13 pm

Well, I don't really think there are any "cleaning fish" in the fish world. Because it is the fish keepers job to clean the tank. Wink But, if your talking about brigs, they produce more waste than stuff they clean up. Also, they need supplemental feeding. Common pest snails, don't really need to be fed, but don't really do anything to clean up.

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:03 pm

Yea, i mean like just kepping the algae down, i know i have to clean the tank.
I think i will go with the cory, as they are better to look at. lol.

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:57 pm

Well, it depends on what type of cories your talking about. And, in all honesty, I doubt your current tank can take that amount of fish.

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:19 pm

It's for a different tank, and i would go for peppered and bronze cory.

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:48 am

I like the idea of having a tank full of neons:



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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:09 pm

If its just for algal control I would say that otto's or a Bristle nose (depending on the tank size) would be more effective that a small shoal of cories. However, if algae is a large problem it is most likely due to an excess of light or nutrients.
You should check to make sure the tank is not in direct sunlight, or is not being overfed/fertilised; both of these factors are primary contributors of algal abundance.
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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:13 pm

Well iv put some corys in there and done more frequent water changes and it seems to have all gone Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:56 pm

Well, I'm glad the algae is gone, but repeat after me: No more fish! lol! Trust me, you have more than enough fish.

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Sat Apr 19, 2008 7:05 pm

Oh yea, i will not be adding any more to the tanks i have but i will be getting a new tank soon

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PostSubject: Re: What are snails like at cleaning?   Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:06 pm

Snails donít really clean the tank glass but trim the algae. Itís like what a lawn mower does to grass.
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