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Breeding snails in an aquarium – the advantages and disadvantages

In many home aquariums today you can find such inhabitants as snails. Is it good to keep snails in an aquarium and what they bring more, good or harm – let’s see. Snails are quite unpretentious inhabitants and it is extremely simple to keep them in an aquarium, it is enough to feed them once a day and … EVERYTHING!

These beautiful creatures in their own way are the orderlies of the aquarium, they clean glasses, decorating, decorations, the bottom, they even eat dead fish. It can be understood that it is quite good to keep in the aquarium a few pieces of such hardworking and most importantly beautiful cleaners.

Let’s now look at the other side of this question. A huge minus of snails – they multiply extremely quickly, so they need to be periodically destroyed, and in no case be sorry, you will only make it worse!

Most of the snails that enter the aquarium by chance, for example, with purchased plants, are hermaphroditic, i.e. for breeding, they do not need another individual, and only one snail is enough so that after a while in your aquarium there will be much more.

If you run the breeding of snails in the aquarium, then after a while in the aquarium there will be hundreds of larvae on the decor elements, the bottom and in all corners, then snails will grow from these larvae and get rid of such a number can only be a complete transplant of fish and plants into another container and cleaning the entire aquarium with boiling the entire contents.

But what will happen if this is not done: when the snails stop grabbing food, they will gladly move to small fish when they sleep!

There are also beautiful decorative species of snails that are valued by aquarists, such as Ampularia. This species is dioecious, which eliminates the overpopulation of your bank, besides, the Ampulyarii are rather large in size and require more care than their small relatives.

Ampoulear snails should be separately fed with food that is not interesting for fish, and which does not spoil water too much, for example, with scalded pieces of vegetables like carrots, lettuce, cabbage, etc.

In general, it is up to you to keep snails in your tank or not, the main thing is to always purchase them only in proven pet stores and in no case should you take snails from rivers and lakes, since perhaps with them you will bring an outbreak of the disease or even parasites into the aquarium.

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