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« on: January 17, 2012, 11:47:34 AM »

What do you guys think about the larger "mystery" snails" in tanks for cleaning algae? I have a few tanks that are community tanks (mollys, tetras, corys, etc) a tiger barb tank and two cichlid tanks. All have a small amount of live plant in them. The cichlid tanks have lots of caves.  Thoughts? concerns? ideas?  Thanks, Kevin
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 01:09:35 PM »

I don't know about others' experience, but my mystery snail (that's what it was sold as, I believe it to be an apple snail) has never made a dent in any tank's algae. I don't think they are the best choice for algae cleaning. I have heard that nerites are better for that, but I have never had any so I can't say for sure. Both types of snail are very pretty...well, I think so anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 01:37:32 PM »

Mine didt either.. laid crap load of e :beerggs everywhere.. bit not much on th :wine:e algae..
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 07:16:47 PM »

I have nerites in 2 of my tanks. They do a great job on algae. They also leave behind much poop, and unfertilized eggs. That being said algae problem solved... I spend more time cleaning poop, and eggs than I do on algae in my other tanks.
 
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 07:20:53 PM »

Hmmm.. for those that read my post and went.. whaaa?   That was ... Didnt clean algae, laid crap load of eggs..
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 10:38:32 PM »

I happen to like Apple snails in my tanks .
I like the fact that they clean up excess food before it creates an algae problem.
They will eat some forms of algae but not all kinds .

There are generally 2 types of snails called mystery snails ..
Briggs are safe for planted tanks they eat leftover fish food, clean debris off plants, and will eat only damaged dying plants . 
Canas on the other hand will eat every plant in a tank.
Either kind will need to be fed..  blanched veggies are the easiest food for them.
They will be fine in the community tanks .. I would not put them in cichlid tanks , cichlids would most likely kill them .
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012, 08:49:30 AM »

Yeah...my apple snail is a briggs. I've gotten only 2 egg clutches and they are really easy to remove. He does poop a lot though.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2012, 04:20:56 PM »

we raise the briggs "Mystery" for our puffers, and while i do have alot in my tanks, i can say they dont do much for any algae, however with that being said, i dont really have a lot anyways...some on the sides but not much, usually there is a reason for excess algae...to much light, not enough cleaning etc.....what is the reason for aglae?? the timeless question...
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2012, 10:23:22 PM »

Nerites do a pretty good job on algae. You need quite a few of them, though.

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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2012, 12:09:09 AM »

Pomacea Bridgessi Profile

aka - Brig./Apple Snail

http://badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile92.html 
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2012, 12:11:42 AM »

Keeping Happy Snails

http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/forum/index.php?topic=6317.0 

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