One day – I was about 15 years old – I got the crazy idea that I wanted to create a totally natural environment for my little goldfish, so he would have although living alone a vibrant world to live in. Well, I went to a nearby creek and pulled some nice looking plants out of the water. Back home I just dug them into the pebbles in the aquarium and was happy. My goldfish’s first reaction was shock, then he checked the plants out. Did I mention that curiosity was my goldfish’s middle name?
Well, what I didn’t know was, that with my live plants I also brought some minuscule snails that began almost immediately to climb the aquarium sides – and guess what! They started to eat off the algae from the aquarium sides. That was a hit! I didn’t know at that time that there are algae eating snails. The only downside was that my goldfish got a taste of these snails and loved to picked them off the aquarium sides and to eat them with relish. My new question was then: who is faster? The snails eating the algae or my goldfish eating the snails?