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Snails in Aquarium tanks

Snails in Aquarium tanks

There has been lots of information put out there about aquatic snail, some of which is total cods-wallop so I thought I would try and give a bit of information that is true so you now know the trust. Snails in Aquarium tanks are inevitable, and it’s the way it goes when you keep aquarium plants. Snails are a part of nature and will be found almost everywhere on earth. Although we try and be snail free with our aquarium plants as we keep them hydroponically (so the leaves outside of the water), being 100% snail free is impossible (unless you go for Tissue culture pots which you can find here ). Tissue culture plants are grown in a laboratory and as a result there are no bugs or snails anywhere! That is the only way to have 100% free snail tank. Below is an example of a tissue culture plant.

Snails in Aquarium tanks
tissue culture aquarium plant

If you do find that you have snails in your tank, you don’t need to worry about removing everything and decontaminating each plant. There is a simple answer. Stop putting so much food in your tank. You seeĀ Snails in Aquarium tanks are normal, so don’t stress! Snails live on the extra food laying around at the bottom of the tank. If you feed your fish slightly less than what they need then they will eat everything from from the bottom of the tank and the snails will go hungry and die – it’s really as simple as that. Anyone who ever moans about having lots of snails, means they are massively over feeding their tank and putting their water quality at risk. I’ve had Snails in Aquarium tanks many times before and a small tweak of the food and they disappear. No gadgets, no tricks.

Mother Natures insecticide

When you keep tropical plants in a tropical environment, you naturally get quite a few pests. This is inevitable – flies like the conditions of a tropical environment. Now I’m not comfortable killing flies – I know this may sound crazy but in general they don’t harm me and they don’t harm the plants. However sometimes there are too many or they lay their eggs and then the babies hatch, and then you’ve got real problems.

So I’ve implemented a plant that many of you will be familiar with, aka the Venus Fly Trap. As a young boy I loved these plants but could never keep them alive – that was totally my fault as I used to enjoy ticking the ‘feelers’ on the traps so that they would close. If you do this, the plant anticipates it will get something to eat, but sadly nothing. Do this more than a few times and you will kill it :(

But I’ve grown up now and know better. All this plant eats is flies. And if you look closely, the trap in the middle has actually closed and you can see the remains of a fly. So it’s doing its job which put a smile on my face today.

There’s a couple of leaves that have gone black and died, but the bulk of the plant is very healthy and active. I don’t know how many of these traps I will need for our tents but quite a few. Nevertheless I’m a lot more comfortable with they way they deal with flies, so I don’t have to.

Do you have a venus fly trap at home or maybe something similar you could suggest? I would love to hear about your experiences with them.Natures fly traps