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« on: March 06, 2008, 05:30:09 PM »

So i ended up with pond snails and ramshorn snails in my 10g Betta tank and i do not want the snails in there. i was wondering if red cherry shrimp will out eat the snails and free me of them. If not is there anything i could put in a 10g with a Betta that will eat or out eat the snails.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2008, 08:09:46 PM »

No, nothing that I know of. Feed less, so none gets to the bottom, and squish all that you see Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2008, 10:57:12 PM »

Feed less squish more and either accept them or tear your tank down scrub it let it dry, filter and all.

The only pest snail that I can/will tolerate is ramshorns (planorbida). They are tiny and appear to spend the majority of their time in the substrate. Plus I need them for my DPs.

There isn't anything that you can put in a 10 that will get rid of them. I'm sorry to say that shrimp won't Out Eat them. Remshorns eat tiny little particles of food that we probably don't even see.

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2008, 04:11:17 PM »

Don't forget trap.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2008, 06:07:58 PM »

I am beginning to believe that Red-Claw Shrimp actually do eat some snails.  In the 40-long where they have been establish the longest for me (other than in their species tank), the small snail population has definitely decreased over the last year+.  There are still adults (common ramshorns), but I see few to no young small shrimp.  Ditto for the 30XH where they have been almost as long.

But I don't think most folks would want to take a year plus to get the snail population down, and in a ten you could not keep much else - these are the largest algae-eating shrimp.  At sexual maturity both sexes are the size of, or larger than, adult male Amanos.  And they get larger than that as the continue growing. 

Or they may just out-compete the snails for food.  Or perhaps they eat the egg plaques and/or the youngest hatchlings.
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2008, 10:06:07 PM »

I have witnessed cherry shrimp picking out snail shells. I do not know whether the snail was alive when they started though.  At any rate, i don't think they would put a big dent in a large population of snails.
IME eventually ramshorns will out compete the pond snails.
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