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?
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Algae eating snails are a double great solution for the possible algae problem in your aquarium or fish tank. First, they almost immediately after being placed into the aquarium start eating off the algae wherever they can find them – and they eat also the waste. Second, the algae eating snails that you can buy look really awesome and beautiful. It’s just fun to watch them. Some display such a great variety of colors and patterns. I especially like the Zebra Nerite Snails by Aquatic Arts. Just beautiful little guys!
My goldfish wouldn’t be anymore able to eat these snails, they are a little too big for his little mouth. He still would check them out though. Some algae eating snails can grow to a size of 2 inches in diameter.
There are some points you have to consider before buying a certain type of algae eating snail. Every snail type comes with a specific tank recommendation with ph level, water temperature range and water type. Read the Item Description to find out if the chosen snail type could be perfect for your specific aquarium situation.
Another important fact to know before buying one type of snail is the question if you want the snails to be reproductive or not. Reproductive snails reproduce like crazy in any condition. So, or you choose a non-reproductive snail type or you know how to handle snail overpopulation in your aquarium or fish tank. There are good recommendations available that you can follow easily and thereby find your most perfect solution.
- Wild Brown Ramshorns
- Cleaning algae off of glass, plants, and decorations
- Eating hair algae, waste, invertebrate pellets or fish food
- Totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants
- Usually shipped as pea sized snails, reproduce in almost any conditions
- 100% live arrival guarantee
- Recommended tank parameters: PH: 7.0 and up, temperature: 60-80 F
- Recommended tank mates: other types of snails, dwarf shrimp, small to medium non-aggressive fish
- Sensitive to copper
All snails immediately started moving and eating when I put them in the tank and w/in 24 hours I had several egg sacks. I’m happy to say my snail colony is still doing great.
All 10 arrived alive, safe and sound. As soon as they hid the ground in the tank, all 10 immediately popped out and got to work.
The snails were small but very healthy and packed well for the trip to my house. They are growing fast and helping my Newt aquarium stay clean.
Tiger Nerite Fresh water aquarium snail
- Totally safe for live plants, live shrimp
- Juvenite nerite snail, size of 0.5″ diameter
- Nerite snails are the most, voracious algae-eaters
- Great for aquarium hobbyists who don’t want snails reproducing
- Each snail’s shells and color are diverse and totally unique!
I received 4 snails instead of 3 and all of them were moving in the next 20 minutes! The snails cane with a sample food and a pen which I liked even more! I definitely would recommend this product!
Excellent customer focus and quality product. Snails were well packaged and are doing very well in our fish tank.
These little guys are fantastic! No more bottles of algae reducer that never work. I put three nerite snails in my 10 gallon tank that was crusted with algae. Within a week or so, the algae was gone. Best purchase in a long time. Take a chance. These snails handle the problem.
Ramshorn Algae Eater
- 12 Ramshorn Snails
- Arrive young to juvenile
- Can grow up to 2″
- Very good at cleaning algae off the glass or left over food
- Free moss included
- 100% live arrival guaranteed
I have a fifty gallon tank and had a huge algae problem. In about two months these snails had eliminated about 85% of the algae on the glass and plants(plastic). They did a better job than any algae eater fish I ever had.
The snails are great! They are multiplying and came nice and healthy. They are keeping my plants gorgeous.
* Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.