I put an apple snail in my 10 gallon last Sunday, and I can't believe what a great job he's done.   The glass and rocks are spotless,  even the rocks with bits of starter plants tied to them.   He cleaned all around and over them without touching the healthy green stuff.   Now he's started on the plants, going up and down each one, and they seem to appreciate having clean leaf surfaces, everything looks healthier.   I named him Zamboni.   What a nice addition (so far) to my tank!   It looks so much better!

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Comment by Peter on February 15, 2013 at 1:05pm
Do they reproduce on their own? If not i might get me 1
Comment by HeatherS on February 15, 2013 at 2:07pm

No, they aren't supposed to!  

Comment by Robert Jango on February 16, 2013 at 12:19am

Interesting post. I heard all kinds of bad things about them - like eating plants if when they get really large. But one could easily remove the offender if it ever got to that stage.

I have some in my pond; maybe I'll throw one in one of my tanks someday. 

Comment by HeatherS on February 16, 2013 at 8:04am

So far, no plant eating, but it's still the honeymoon phase, lol.   I keep expecting to get up one morning and find all my baby tears gone, but so far it's just CLEAN.   I read that they can especially decimate green foxtail, so I'm watching that too.  But so far he just knocks them over a bit cleaning them, but no damage.   My rocks in there are SO clean now. 

Comment by HeatherS on March 31, 2013 at 4:08pm

Ok, so this guy has TRIPLED in size since I got him, and I think I need to move him out of the 10 gal and into the 30 gallon tank.

Comment by HeatherS on March 31, 2013 at 4:09pm

(the gray rock he's on in this picture?  he's pretty much the same size as that now...)

Comment by Robert Jango on March 31, 2013 at 11:34pm

They call them Apple Snails because they can get about the size of an apple.

Comment by HeatherS on April 1, 2013 at 5:30am

Lol Robert,   I knew that,  I just didn't realize just how FAST that was going to happen.   I've got an assassin snail in my 30 gallon though, and I only see him about once a week.   I've got to catch him first and then switch them. 

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