Quite often, novice aquarists in the process of arranging an aquarium think about whether snails are needed in an aquarium. To address this issue, you need to know why they are allowed into the aquarium at all and what is the use of it.
Do we need snails in the aquarium?
These little inhabitants are able to bring both benefits and damage to your tank. Here, as in the case of drugs, it all depends on the dose. Snails are natural attendants. They eat all the remnants of food and dead plants. In addition, the snails are used to clean the aquarium, they clean off the deposits from the walls and absorb the waste products of fish. There are some types of snails that you can safely use as indicators of the quality of water in an aquarium. And small snails in the aquarium often serve as a decorative element.
But these creatures breed very quickly, so over time you will have to artificially regulate their population. If too many snails gather in the aquarium, this will lead to a lack of oxygen. If there is a shortage of food, they will begin to eat the plants, and some species secrete mucus, which will lead to pollution of the aquarium.
What do snails eat in an aquarium?
Under natural conditions, the snails eat algae and bacterial growths. In the aquarium snails can eat gray films on the glass, algae leaves. Snails ampullary perfectly scraped from the glasses and plants all plaque. They can eat and young plants, but this happens very rarely and from lack of food.
As a rule, snails eat dead algae and this helps to maintain water quality at the right level. Ampullaria can eat almost anything that can grind and swallow. Here is the basic list of what snails eat in an aquarium: spinach, cucumbers, carrots, fish food. Snails can also eat dead fish and their eggs. Food should be soft enough. You can offer them scalded meat or boiled lettuce. Throw a few pieces of soaked white bread.
From where in the aquarium snails?
It happens that the snails in the aquarium appeared suddenly, when you absolutely did not plan to start them. The snail could get in with ground or plants. If you did not boil the soil before pouring it into the aquarium, then there might well have been a shell with a snail. Often in the aquarium snails appear in the form of eggs on the leaves of algae.
Why do snails die in an aquarium?
There are only two reasons for the death of snails. Too soft water and lack of food lead to such sad consequences. Periodically feed your pets with boiled cabbage or lettuce. This will not spoil the water, but will allow the snails to get enough of it. Consider that an ampullary requires about 10 liters per specimen. Always carefully monitor the hardness of the water and then there will be no problems.