I think a snail was trying to mate with my fish, or trying to eat it and im not sure what to make of it. I woke up to check on them. Btw i have 2
penguin tetra and 2 painted glass tetra, and 2 platys. Anyway, There was a snail or 2 stuck to my smallest penguin tetra and he wasn't moving. So i
moved him and the snails fell off, and hes swimming again,. but he doesn't look so good. Does anyone know what im talking about?
29-6-2011 by reesie45 because: dont know where else to ask this honestly
I used to have an aquarium a long long time ago. Snails are bottom feeders and actually help keep your tank clean by cleaning the glass and gravel of
any waste. They help keep the fish clean of any algae too. So I don't really think you need to worry about them latching onto fish.
As it sounds, your snail noticed that the fish was a little weak and decided to take advantage of the opportunity for a good meal. If this is the only
problem you have noticed, then I would say it is all ok, but check ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels to be sure.
Thanks for the responses, i have a pretty basic knowledge of fish keeping and such. I know to test the water and all, but i havent gotten around to
that lately, but i should soon. I use nitra ban and conditioner whenever i do a water change. I even use coppersafe sometimes to kill off the snails.
Trust me, i only need a few, but i have many. And its hard to kill them manually.
If the bigger fish does not have the strength to defend itself, it is fair game for all. I have seen many times in my tank that the moment something
exhibited weakness the other fish were usually all over it. It gets brutal sometimes. If you have too many snails, look into getting some Loaches and
they will eat them, having a few snails will help keep the algae down and the glass clean.
edit on 29-6-2011 by Skewed because: (no reason given)
Personally, I would never ever introduce snails to my tanks. I don't like playing God when it come timeto cull them. Two, they tend to quickly take
over the tank. I love and appreciate all life forms ('cept ticks, fleas, etc.) But snails I don't appreciate in my tanks.
I kept lots of freshwater aquariums and never used snails to control algae. My janitor of choice was always the Plecos - I always loved it when it
sucks on the glass and you see the inside of his mouth.
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