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Suitable snail for 3 gallon?

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I'm not sure why, probably my low budget Finnex clamp on lamp, but, starting to get some green going on on my LR. I'm doing 20% water changes once or twice a week. Is there a snail that will help me, without starving to death in a short time?

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Dwarf Ceriths are good algae eaters but don't require a lot to live. My larger snails have all started dropping off since I have almost no algae in the tank, but those dwarf ceriths are up on the glass cleaning every day.


Getting back to the fact you aren't sure why you're getting algae. Have you tested the water you're using for top-off and for water changes? I'm going to say that the vast majority of algae outbreaks can be traced back to the source water.

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Depending how things looks you may need to manually remove it

After the fact snail/crab/anything additions to remove algae work about 10% of the time-usually they don't go where you want them to

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margarita or black turbo snails are not true tropical snails. they are temperate water snails and in temps above 77 they really don't last that long. most of the time anyway. I loooove Nerite snails. small, efficient, pretty shells, and they like to get where the glass meets the sand. they clean that are better than i can.

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I would agree with the above post, Margarites are not a good choice. They have a tendency to crawl out of the tank and there survival is iffy. I have tried Ceriths, Dwarf and Large but I have had little luck with survival.


+1 Nerite is my favorite snail and the Tapestry Nerite Snail sold by Reefs2go is the best choice for a Pico. They are small, attractive, great survival and will stay in the tank, best of all do a good job cleaning the algae from your rocks.

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