If you have a pest snail outbreak in your freshwater aquarium you may be considering adding some fish that eat snails to your tank. They’ll chomp up the offending invaders and your aquarium can go back to normal, you reason. It seems like an easy way to deal with the issue, and you get to stock some cool new fish.
However, there are some important things to consider before you run out and get snail-eating fish. Making a bad choice can doom not only your new fish, but possibly your whole tank. While it’s always very important to research any fish you intend to stock, it becomes even more so when you bring in a fish to do a specific job.
While there are some benefits to keeping fish that can help regulate your snail problem, there are also a few pitfalls. With that in mind, here are a few things I’d like you to consider before you add any new fish to your tank.
- While these fish are known to eat snails, they may or may not decide to do so in your tank. You never know what a fish will do, so don’t be surprised if you end up with one who prefers other foods.
- Please make sure the fish you choose are compatible with other fish in your aquarium, as well as appropriate for the size of tank you have. This means doing the necessary research before purchase.
- Please choose fish you want to have around for a long time, not simply those you think will solve your snail problem today.
Finally, before you go out and get new fish for your aquarium, take some time to learn how pest snail problems happen in an aquarium to begin with. It is often due to overfeeding, poor tank maintenance practices or other errors on the part of the fish keeper.
Understanding how to deal with these issues is part of the learning process, and if you can get them under control your snail problem may decrease or go away altogether.
With all of that out of the way, here are some popular freshwater fish that eat snails.
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