Coil - aquarium snail: the benefits and harm
benefit and harm
As a rule, this inhabitant of the underwater world comes to us in an aquarium by chance (with water from a pet shop, from purchased plants, etc.). Some lovers consider this snail to be a harmful parasite of an aquarium. And you can understand them, because the coil snail multiplies in an aquarium with a geometric progression, and ultimately these snails hang in clusters on all the walls of the aquarium.
However, one should not forget that the reel is a useful sanitary order of the aquarium, besides, many fish enjoy eating them. And, to bring them (or control their number) is quite simple.
Snail reel - representative of freshwater mollusks. In nature, the coil is found everywhere around the globe. Under natural conditions, snails live in shallow water, in slowly flowing and standing water bodies.
In the aquarium snail coils are found either brown or red. The sink is flat, twisted by a spiral. The little body of the snail has an elongated conical shape, the same color as the shell. The shell of adult snails reaches - 35 millimeters in diameter and 10 millimeters thick. To move, the snail uses a wide, flat foot, which is clearly visible outside the shell. On its head there are long horns, long, thin pair of tentacles, as well as eyes.
Snails do not need personal feeding in the general aquarium, as they feed on all sorts of remnants of aquarium life.
These snails are hermaphrodites and probably, therefore, they breed like "rabbits". Caviar clutch is a flat transparent growth on the inside of a leaf of a plant.
And now the most interesting thing is how to get a snail out of a coil, phys, melania, etc., or to control its numbers?
Having read a bunch of sites on this topic, I was amazed! As a way to get rid of snails coils offered a million options, some even offer output them with current - dropping the wires into the aquarium ))) Hmm ... really ....
Here you have a proven and 100% way:
1. Buy a banana on the market.
2. Eat a banana.
3. Leave the banana peel in the sun or battery so that it is completely black.
4. At night, throw a rotten banana peel into an aquarium with snail coils.
5. And in the morning ... voila !!! All coils on a banana peel. You just have to get and shake the snails from the banana peel in the urn.
P.S. For 2 nights and 2 bananas, I completely saved my aquarium from snails reels.
Well, in general, in pet shops a lot of special preparations are sold for hatching snails, here they are:
Sera snail ex
Sera snail collect
Tropical LIMNA TOX
JBL LimCollect II
Air conditioning "Aquacons against snails"
Keep in mind that all these preparations contain copper, which is dangerous not only for snails, but also for fish. Strictly observe the dosage!
And yet the banana peel is not your chemistry (you do not risk disrupting the ecosystem of the aquarium), besides specials. drug costs money.
In confirmation of the above and the effectiveness of getting rid of snails in an aquarium using a banana peel, I post a visual series of photos:
ON THE NEXT MORNING SNAIL ALL ON A BANANA
Video about snail coil
The benefits and harm of aquarium "coils"
The snail coil (lat. Planorbis) is a member of the genus Sedentary-eyed, family Planorbidae. Each of us had the opportunity to get acquainted with snails in early childhood, we observed their slow movements on the stalks of grapes, or on the sandy shore. On the one hand, these "slugs" are plant pests, on the other - an integral part of the planet's ecosystem.
In our country, coil horn snails live in freshwater bodies of water. They like slow currents and stagnant water, places with bushes. In such rivers and lakes there are often many rotten plants, where these animals not only live, but also feed on the remains of extinct leaves. Coils have become aquarium inhabitants due to the efforts of aquarists who have created optimal living conditions for heat-loving tropical snails. It turns out that "Russian" snails are less common in our homes than mollusks from freshwater from distant countries.
Snail reel will be able to live in any freshwater aquarium. Thanks to the classic shape of the sink, it easily adapts to the parameters of water. The color of the mollusk can vary, as well as the size. The size of the shell of an adult individual is 3, 5 cm in diameter and 1 cm in width. Diet - algae and leftover fish food. Coil snails can be a kind of indicator of the quality of aquarium water: if they rise to the upper layer of water, then it is time to replace it.
Snails soothing ... you can watch and meditate. )
There is a lot of controversy over whether a coil is harmful to other inhabitants of a common container. On the one hand, they quickly bring offspring, which will fill almost the entire space. On the other hand, if you properly monitor the aquarium, the coils will not have enemies.
There is an opinion that the coils in the walls of the aquarium eat and spoil the plants. In fact, they eat already lost algae. The mollusks have teeth that are too weak to make holes in the leaf plates. They will gladly eat a half-dead, rotting plant.
When there are a lot of coils - the aquarium still looks messy:
Adapt to wide temperature ranges, so they can be kept in the same tank with tropical fish. There is no need to feed them, since the main food is the remnants of undernourished fish food. If the fish is not hungry and not hungry, the snails have enough food. In addition to sinking capsules and other food, the coils eat rotten aquarium plants, a greenish coating on the glass of the container and a biological film on the surface of the water. Newborn snails are often planted in groups on the rotten leaf of a weakened plant. These are excellent orderlies of the reservoir, because they eat only diseased plants, leaving healthy ones alone. If the population of coils increases, the size of each individual decreases.
Snails can move their bodies along the surface of the water when their shell is turned down. Floating abilities appear due to the flow of air that the snail launches into its shell. It keeps on water thanks to microorganisms on the surface of the water. If you inadvertently touch a snail, it will instantly release air from the shell and sink to the bottom, mistaken for you as a predator. Under the walls of the mantle is the pulmonary cavity, which allows the cochlea to assimilate atmospheric air, thanks to which it can survive even in polluted water with a low content of dissolved oxygen.
How to multiply
To increase the population of coils in the walls of the aquarium, one or two individuals is enough. Snails are hermaphrodites, capable of self-fertilization and reproduction. They lay eggs on the inner side of the leaf of the aquarium plant, the eggs themselves are quite strong and transparent, so that the fish do not notice it and do not eat. Another thing is that the number of fry decreases when they are eaten by adult fish. Leaving the aquarium for 2-3 days without observation, you will notice how the number of small snails has decreased. Normally, fed fish do not hunt coils.
Look at the coils in the aquarium.
A large number of mollusks in the aquarium indicates excessive feeding of fish. Then you should reduce the amount of feed and self evict snails from the container.
Maybe you want to get rid of the coils - see the video how to do it:
Some razvodchiki grow coils in the aquarium as a separate food for fish, or as independent pets. In such aquariums do not pour the ground, instead of it is placed floating plants that are unpretentious in the content (elodeya, vallisneriya, rogolovnik). Snails are fed on lettuce and spinach, dry fish food and scalded cabbage with boiled water.
Aquarium coils are beautiful creatures that bring purity and tranquility to every body of water. Such pets are absolutely unpretentious and safe for all inhabitants of the aquarium and for the person himself.
See also: Aquarium snails melania.
Coil aquarium snail content breeding compatibility description photo.
Snail reel (Planorbis)
The snail is a representative of freshwater mollusks. In nature, they live in overgrown reservoirs with a weak current. It is adapted for survival even in very dirty reservoirs with low oxygen content in the water. This ability is due to the presence of a kind of light, allowing it to breathe and atmospheric air.
The snail shell resembles a flat, tightly twisted spiral. Usually there are four to five turns, with a thickening of each subsequent round. On both sides the seam between the coils is clearly visible. The mollusk can reach sizes up to 3.5 centimeters in diameter, but most often in the aquarium the coils grow only up to 1 centimeter. By the way, the larger the snail population, the smaller they will be.
Body color can vary from brown to bright red - it depends on the type of coil. The clam is moved by means of a foot with a wide flat base-sole. On a head thin long horns are visible.
The snail can move along the surface of the water, turning the sink down - this ability arises due to the air bubble that is in the sink. In case of danger, it immediately releases this bubble and falls to the bottom. Newborn small snails usually stick together, clinging to aquarium plants.
The coil is a hermaphrodite that can self-fertilize and further multiply. Therefore, if you want to get a population of these snails, then you will only need to have only a couple of individuals. The laying of the calf snail attaches to the inside of the leaf of the aquarium plant.
In general, the population of snails in aquariums is regulated without the intervention of an aquarist, as aquarium fish happily eat young snails. But if the fish are full, then they will not touch small mollusks. If you notice a rapid increase in the population of snails, then this suggests that you are overfeeding your fish. Therefore, you only need to cut the rations of fish and pens to get snails from the banks.
There are cases when aquarists purposefully breed snails, because they go to feed some pets or fish (batyami). In this case, it is not necessary to fill the soil in the aquarium, as this will complicate the process of cleaning the aquarium. Place in the jar several species of floating plants (naiad, pistia, riccia, javanese moss). If they could not be found, put on Vallisneria, Canadian Elodea, or rogolistnik. You can feed the snails with dry food for fish and scalded cabbage, lettuce and spinach leaves.
Reel in aquarium
Planorbis snails enter the home water reservoir in different ways, but more often the appearance of the mollusk among aquarian inhabitants is a real surprise for the owner. Now he can only regulate the population of shellfish in the tank and ensure the comfort of their coexistence with its other inhabitants. Snails - unpretentious creatures that do not require special care:
- being tolerant to a wide range of temperatures, snails are quite satisfied with the temperature regime of water that they create for tropical fish, that is, within 22-28 ° C;
- there is no need for special feeding of mollusks, since they are content with food debris from other underwater inhabitants, green bloom on the pond glasses, rotten fragments of reservoir plantations (young mollusks, as a rule, keep it on a rotten leaf of a plant).
The possibility of such a method of movement is due to the presence of air in it, let there by the snail itself. An additional support for the mollusk in this case is the film on the surface of the aquarium water, formed by waste products of bacteria or the intrinsic force of the surface tension of the water.
If any danger occurs, releasing air from the shell, the coil quickly sinks to the bottom so as not to be eaten by a predatory fish. This snail action is performed at the reflex level for self-preservation.
The fact is that the clam is a favorite dish for certain species of aquarium fish, which easily break through its saving shell. In some cases, the owners of domestic aquarium tanks with an excessive growth of the mollusk population are specially planted in the reservoir of these types of fighter fish so that they thin out the rows of snails, balancing their number.
- Horn coil. In nature, it lives in stagnant ponds with dense thickets of plants. Shell color - brown, sizes - up to 3.5 centimeters. The body is painted in a reddish-brown color, in the tone of the shell. Horn coil prefers to eat the remnants of food and plants from the bottom of the aquarium.
- Horn Red Coil. The size of this snail is smaller, up to 2 centimeters. It also differs from the usual red color of the shell from the usual horn coil. The benefit of a red horn coil is that it is an excellent aquarium cleaner. From the decorative point of view, this type is the most advantageous - their fiery color looks great against the background of greenery.
- Coil Far East. Far Eastern coil came to us from the reservoirs of East Asia. Just like her relatives, she is unpretentious. Shell color - red-brown, the number of curls - from five to six. The diameter is small - only 1 centimeter. Far Eastern reel feeds on plants.
- Coil Kilevataya. This is the most frequent guest in aquariums. It gets into them with plants or soil. Color - grayish brown. The main feature of the keeled coil is that the diameter of the shell is much larger than the width: at 6-7 revolutions and 2 centimeters in diameter it has a width of only 4 millimeters. This snail collects food at the bottom, and also with pleasure to feast on algae, cleaning the aquarium walls.
- Coil Wrapped. This type of coil is called a pest: it propagates extremely actively, filling the entire aquarium in the shortest possible time and harming both the appearance and the condition of the water and the soil. It reaches sizes up to 1 centimeter. The shell color is dirty yellow, the shell is not very strong.
Despite the fact that snails most often appear in an aquarium by chance, some aquarists consciously leave them, believing that the benefits of them outweigh the harm.
Indisputable decorative function of these snails. Coils - pretty cute aquarium decorations. It is interesting to watch them, and their presence in the aquarium with fish creates a more natural look.
It happens that the coils, as well as other snails, are called the orderlies of the aquarium. This is partly true. Coil snails eat rotten algae leaves, without touching healthy ones. They collect the remnants of fallen food, thereby saving the aquarium from debris. Also, the coils are able to remove the film from the surface of the water and clean the aquarium wall.
Snails are becoming an indicator of water pollution, prompting that it is time to start cleaning or reduce the amount of feed for fish. If the population of coils has grown noticeably - this is the signal.
Some aquarists breed coils in their aquariums as fish food. Many fishes enjoy eating mollusks with pleasure, and the fecundity of this species makes it easy to maintain abundance.
Despite the fact that the benefits of snails are quite large, many people prefer to get rid of mollusks, barely finding the intruder.
Coils are very prolific. They are hermaphroditic, and only a pair of snails is enough to get a whole flock of mollusks. Rapid reproduction leads to an increase in the number of their waste products, which are harmful and pollute the aquarium.
If the snails do not have enough food, they will take over the aquarium plants. And not for rotten leaves, but for healthy ones. Voracious coils quickly destroy the plant.
Snail-coil can cause fish disease. Often this happens when the snail is brought into the aquarium conditions from the local water body. In this situation, the fish will have to be treated with special preparations that the snails most likely will not suffer.
In general, the overgrown flock of snails spoils the appearance of the aquarium, hanging in whole clusters on the walls and plants.
DOES THE COILS OF PARASITES MOVE?
It is known that coils can be carriers of parasites during life, which infect and even kill fish. But it is in nature, and in an aquarium the chance with snails to transfer parasites is much lower than with food. Even in frozen food, not to mention live food, various parasites and pathogens can survive.
So I wouldn't worry about that. If it is very important for you to get snails, but you are afraid to bring parasites, then you can bring in the aquarium caviar coils, which is not a carrier.
Truth and myths about coils
Очень часто в статьях об улитках-катушках содержится много противоречивой информации, в том числе и негативного характера.
Катушки нерегулируемо размножаются. Действительно, популяция моллюска может быстро разрастись, но только в том случае, если у них в аквариуме нет естественных врагов или рыбы постоянно сыты. А это можно поправить.
Planorbis портит зелёные насаждения домашних водоёмов. На самом деле это не так. The mollusk is often seen on a rotted plant, and in fact it is in this place because it eats this very decomposed part of the plant. A healthy leaf snail is unable to perforate, as it naturally has weak teeth.
Coil snails carry parasites that affect aquarium fish, and sometimes destroy them. Hypothetically this is possible, but it’s much more likely to bring in parasites with food (especially alive from the nearest reservoir). So you just need to take the safe coils in a specialty store.
In conclusion, I would like to note the following in defense of snails: to keep the coils in a home aquarium or not, everyone decides for himself, but the benefits of these mollusks nurses are obvious, and all the inconveniences associated with them can be minimized.
AMPULARIA CONTENT REPLACEMENT COMPATIBILITY PHOTO DESCRIPTION.
SNAILS-CONTENT FEEDING DESCRIPTION BREEDING COMPATIBILITY
Coil snails: description, content, breeding
Many aquarists wonder whether coil snails are useful. Rejoice in their appearance or immediately get rid of in any way possible? They, like other mollusks, are mere orderlies and are too small to harm the plants. In addition, they serve as a valuable source of food for many species of fish, which naturally regulates the number of individuals.
Coil snails (genus Planorbis) are freshwater clams. The size of the spiral-twisted shell is small, up to 35 mm in diameter. They easily adapt to the environmental conditions (water temperature, degree of pollution), breathe both air and oxygen dissolved in water.
The coil snails move in the aquarium with the help of a wide leg, characteristic of mollusks. They live on their own, regardless of all other processes occurring nearby.
Types of coils
This genus includes many species, most of which are found in all natural water bodies. It is not recommended to run snails from nature into the aquarium, as they become carriers of dangerous diseases.
The most popular among aquarists are the following coil snails:
- horn red;
- Far East;
- wrapped up.
Aquarium snails reel for beginners who want to have mollusks, but do not have experience in caring for them. From the owner does not require special care, so you can focus on precious plants and fish.
An important factor is the beauty of the snail shell. With a lack of calcium in the water, the growth of the shell slows down, reproduction stops, flaws appear on the surface of the house. To prevent this, it is necessary to put a few large shells on the bottom of the water area, or to introduce calcium into the water, bought at a pet store.
The dangerous neighbors for these mollusks are the fish themselves. Juveniles become easy prey even for guppies, not to mention large cichlids. They may well eat an adult coil. Fragments of shell fish just spit out.
The most common is worm infestations. Coils serve as an intermediate host of parasites, which, leaving the snails, move into fish. To reduce the risk of this disease, buy mollusks only from trusted breeders.
Another parasite that appears in the aquarium with live food is the aquarium leech. She penetrates under the shell of the cochlea and feeds on her blood. In order not to turn the aquarium into a hotbed of leeches, be sure to buy all the mollusks bought and moved along with the plants, quarantine a small aquarium or jar for a couple of weeks.
Saline baths can be used for prophylaxis. Pour 400 ml of water into the jar and dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt, then transfer the snails to the solution for 10 minutes. Leech leaves the shell. In addition, pet stores have a special preparation for the removal of leeches.
These mollusks are hermaphrodites, that is, each individual is capable of reproduction. In order to breed this type, you need only one coil-snail. Reproduction occurs by laying eggs on the leaves of plants.
Mollusks are extremely prolific, so often aquarium owners clutching their heads: what to do with so many coils? In fact, the number of underwater inhabitants should be regulated according to the volume of the aquarium. So, for every 8-10 liters of water should be 5 coils. A large population may not be enough food, and then they will be taken for plants.
There are many ways to keep the number of coils under control. One of the simplest is the purchase of antsitrus catfish. They clean the walls of the aquarium from algae, and at one time they eat the eggs of mollusks.
Fish also maintain the balance of the ecological system by eating young snails. If your aquarium has a global overpopulation, run a barbus or a cichlid, they can clear the area in a matter of days.
Another effective way is to collect snails using a trap. It is a small metal mesh into which a banana peel, apples or potatoes are put. At night, it is left in the aquarium, and in the morning they are pulled out together with the coils. The catch can be used as fish feed.
This is one side of the problem, but there is also the opposite situation, when with all the efforts the number of coils is reduced. Whether diseases or predators are to blame for this, the solution may be one thing: to collect a dozen individuals and place them in a separate aquarium or jar. With abundant food and regular water changes, you will be provided with good litter (do not forget about quarantine: in the first few weeks, remove all snails that do not show activity). Already from here you will be able to share them in a common aquarium.
In the absence of more agile guards of purity, such as ampulyaria, an unpretentious coil may well cope with the function of a medic. If you maintain a reasonable number in the aquarium, it will only bring benefits and will give many interesting moments during the observations of its unhurried walks.
Helena snail - predator aquarium: content, compatibility, reproduction, photo-video review
the storm of all coils, nat and melania
Very amazing and interesting representatives of mollusks in our aquariums are helena snails (Anentome helena). This is quite beautiful and attractive inhabitants of the aquarium. These yellow-striped representatives of the reservoirs of Thailand, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, are unpretentious in keeping, feeding and breeding. About them, as well as about many aquarium mollusks, we can say that they do not need personal care.
Helen snails size is 0.5 - 1 cm. The mollusk body is elongated, the head and legs are trunk-like
In addition to its decorative properties, snails helena have a very interesting feature - they are predators and eat animal (protein food). Unlike many other freshwater snails, they do not eat vegetable organics.
This amazing property of Helen is perfectly used in the fight against such small snails such as: melania, coils, fizy, acrolux. Helens attack and destroy them. Thus, we can control the number of small snails, which breed like rabbit, in a natural, biological way. Yes, this process is not as fast as the use of chemical preparations from snails, but it is natural. In addition, almost all snail products contain copper, which is dangerous - poisonous to fish, violates the bio balance of the aquarium. In addition, the sharp incidence of snails from chemistry, leads to the same sharp pollution of the aquarium, the growth of dead organics, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. After applying these drugs, you need to carefully clean (siphon) the aquarium, filter the water well and it is advisable to use aquarium coal and zeolite.
In more detail about preparations from snails in an aquarium, and also about other ways of removal of snails, you watch HERE.
At the same time, it must be said that helens are absolutely harmless to other aquatic organisms: fish, shrimp, crayfish, plants, and even large snails, such as ampulyaria. They do not attack them, because they can not catch up. In a relationship ampoule, only small individuals can be attacked, adult ampouleries are not accessible to Helen.
When a horde of coils, milan, nat will be completely destroyed, do not worry about the fate and diet of Helen. These snails, perfectly eat any other protein organic matter that has fallen to the bottom. In this regard, they can be said to be the orderlies of the aquarium - they eat the remains of food, “utilize” the dead organisms.
Reproduction and breeding snail Helena
These snails breed quickly enough for a year a couple helen, can produce 250-300 offspring, which depends on water parameters. There is no difficulty in breeding Helen, in fact, it happens on its own. These snails are opposite-sex, to determine who the male is, who the female is not possible until the time of mating. Therefore, if you want to breed these snails, then take in the pet store their small group - 4-5 pieces. Helens are standing, by the way, not expensive 1 cu a piece.
The process of reproduction in Helen begins with a joint promenade around the aquarium, after mating, the female lays the egg on the hard objects of the aquarium. The incubation period of caviar is 25-30 days. After this line, the young Helena will fall and dig in the ground, from where it does not crawl to reach 2-3 mm. size. Sexual maturity of young Helena comes to six months.
It is worth noting that by placing a small group of helen in your aquarium, you will not see rushing results. Only after the time when the Helen colony expands will the result be visible. More effective in this regard, the rotten skin of a banana, which falls at night in the aquarium, and in the morning to get with bunches of snails.
Well and still, these small snails of the coil and melania are not so bad. They also benefit, coils do an excellent job with dead vegetative organic matter, they can be fed to fish, especially cichlids. And melania, for example, quite successfully loosen the aquarium soil, which ensures the absence of oxygen-free zones in it.
Beautiful photos of snail Helena
Interesting video with snail Helena
How to destroy the snails in the aquarium?
Aquarium snails are beautiful, useful and for the most part do not harm other inhabitants. However, there are times when they breed so abundantly that they begin to annoy the aquarist. This is especially true of soil snails, such as melania. Getting rid of them completely is not very easy, and in the article we will look at the main ways to cope with an excess amount of snails.
A variety of aquarium snails
Snails are gastropods, part of the genus Mollusca, which also includes mussels and mollusks, a feature is a single shell. They move on the surface with one big and muscular leg, eating food in a small mouth. A pair of sensitive tentacles out of the head and on them are located the eyes with which snails explore the world. They have lungs that they breathe on the surface, gills for breathing underwater, or both.
Most of the snails are hermaphroditic, that is, they have both male and female genitals immediately. In most cases, pairing requires a pair, which is to lay eggs, in a mucous protective film, in the aquarium it can often be seen under the leaves of plants. Ampulyaria lay a large number of eggs above the surface of the water, the clutch looks like yellow or orange eggs in a dense, tough pile. Some snails, such as aquarium melania - viviparous. Aquarium snails are omnivores, they can eat algae, food debris, carrion, rotting plant parts. Some large snails can damage tender plants, but contrary to popular belief, small snails do not damage them.
Snails in aquarium
The controlled population of snails does not harm the aquarium, on the contrary, the snails eat the remains of food, clean them of algae, and the ground snails mix and aerate the soil, preventing it from rotting. Many contain interesting snails - ampoules, which are not very demanding and not prone to rapid reproduction. However, small snails, such as fizy and coils tend to multiply rapidly in favorable conditions, and quickly fill the aquarium, covering the glass, filters, plants.
How to avoid snails in the aquarium
Usually, snails enter a new aquarium in the form of caviar or adults, which are transferred along with the plants, decor, or when transplanting fish. Check all plants for snails or their calves, or dip plants in a solution that kills them (Hydra-Tox), even the most attentive aquarists live snails. For a balanced aquarium snails do not pose a threat. Instead of struggling with their penetration into the aquarium, it is better to monitor their number, rapid reproduction means any problems in the aquarium.
Growing snail population in an aquarium
The main reason for the excess number of snails in the aquarium is the abundant feeding of fish. Snails devour food debris and multiply in a square progression. If snails began to disturb you, or rather their number in the aquarium, check if you are overfeeding fish?
Usually the waste accumulates in the ground and serves as a warehouse for snails, so the second task is to siphon the soil and remove the remnants of food. Also, the snails devour algae, and if you do not have antsistrus or similar catfish, you should add them to the jar, creating food competition. In addition, catfish devour the eggs of snails.
Do snails suffer diseases?
Snails are involved in the transmission of diseases among fish populations, as they can be used as carriers for parasites and pathogens. However, you should not worry too much, nevertheless, when buying new types of fish or feeding them with live food, the chance to bring the disease is several times higher.
Fighting snails with chemical methods
New preparations for dealing with snails can be bought in pet stores and online stores, but still they should be used only as a last resort, as it has a lot of side effects. The main problem is that when it works, the massive death of snails will break balance in the aquarium.
Death will cause a bacterial outbreak, changes in water parameters and fish disease. Moreover, chemistry will not kill all the snails, and their eggs, and they will continue to multiply by eating the remnants of their relatives. Carefully read the instructions, some drugs are toxic to fish and shrimp, also avoid using other chemicals for the aquarium, it can reduce effectiveness.
The natural method - snail traps
Snail traps are now produced by many brands, but it’s quite difficult to buy them from us. Easier to do it yourself. The most elementary snail trap - leave a sheet of scalded cabbage at night on the bottom of the aquarium, putting it on the plate. In the morning it will be covered with snails, which are easy to remove. By doing this regularly, you will significantly reduce the population.
If fish, for example, somas do not allow to do so, then you can modernize the method. We take a plastic bottle, close it, burn holes in the bottom, or pierce holes so that the fish cannot get in and the snails easily. Inside we put either lettuce, or cabbage, or other vegetables, better scalded, so they will work more efficiently. Flood the bottle and leave. In the morning you will receive a full bottle of snails.
The natural method is fish
Some fish in nature eat snails, and you can use them to fight. However, if your fish is full enough, it is unlikely to pay attention to them. Keep them slightly hungry. An excellent snail eater is a tetradon, but it has a bad temper and is not suitable for general aquariums. Of the less aggressive - fighting clown, macropod, some species gourami Also, all kinds of catfish, eating the eggs of snails. To help the catfish in the fight, turn over the decor, snags, pots, etc., as caviar is most often laid under it.
Natural method - predatory snails
Predatory snails Helena (Antentome helena), carnivores and eat other species of snails. In recent years, they have become quite popular and buy them no problem. These are beautiful, cone-shaped snails, which also look attractive. Grow up to 1.-2 cm. Helena can significantly reduce the number of snails and even completely destroy them, if this happens, they begin to eat like all snails, although such a diet is not typical for them. Although helens do not breed as fast as normal snails, they can give birth to offspring. But the snail is quite expensive, and if it happens at a loss you will not.
Snails pollute the aquarium
On the contrary, aquarium snails eat waste, clean the surface, destroy algae. This myth is most likely to come from the fact that snails thrive in neglected aquariums with abundant feeding and poor maintenance.
Snails can kill small fish
Snails are omnivores and will eat anything they can reach. When the fish dies or is already very weakened, the snails immediately gather for a feast. The aquarist sees that the fish is lying at the bottom and snails are eating it, but they are not to blame for its death. A little thought is easy to understand - a slow-moving snail can pose no danger to healthy and frisky fish.
Snails spoil the plants
Некоторые улитки, особенно из природы и местных водоемов могут повредить растения. Но основная масса аквариумных улиток не вредят растениям никоим образом. У улиток маленький рот приспособленный для соскабливания с поверхностей, а высшие растения имеют жесткую поверхность. Происхождение мифа легко понять - улитки постоянно поедают старые, отмирающие листья и кажется что именно они их убили.
- 1. Не перекармливайте
- 2. Clean the soil regularly
- 3. Get catfish or shrimp so they eat the same algae
- 4. Get some snail fish
- 5. Turn the snags and decor
- 6. Use snail traps
- 7. Check out new plants and decor for caviar and snails.
- 8. Never use plants or decor from local ponds.
- 9. Do not feed a couple of days of fish, they will be more likely to eat snails
- 10. Watch out for water if using chemicals.