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Are snails a good idea for my goldfish tank?

I am interested in getting a snail for my 10 gal fish tank to help clean it but heard that just 1 alone will reproduce like crazy and i dont want to be a snail murderer. Is that how all people keep them under control, just keep killing them? It seems wrong, i dont know if i can take part in that :/

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thatoneguy97

If you get 1 male snail, they shouldn't reproduce.

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i was under the impression that it didnt matter the gender. in that case, id get like 4 of them.
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You shouldn't need that many.
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Don't get the snail!

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reason being?
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You will end up with hundreds of them
Just buy a sucker fish
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i read that they dont work with the goldfish :( otherwise thats what i wanted.
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yes they help you in cleaning the tank!!

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As long as you only get 1 They reproduce like rabbits

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how much will the 1 reproduce?
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In time they can take over your tank
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do the males reproduce as well? and how do you tell them apart from each other?
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im not sure
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they took over my dad's fish tank once
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snails sound gross to me, if i could keep it at 1 or 2 id be fine, but i dont even consider it an option. is that what people do is just keep killing them as they reproduce?
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I don't know about killing the poor little things :( how about a couple algae eaters
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is that the name of a species or what are you referring to?
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algae eaters are species of fish
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I suggest a sucker fish

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I've had like 3 at a time, they all died within a month.
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Your ph was incorrect
" they suffocated"
Goldfish are the dirtiest fish in any tank
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Snails, not a good idea, jmo. They almost always made my fish sick & die. Some can carry nasty diseases if you don't get them from reputable pet stores. And they really don't keep the tank much cleaner than usual. Unless you have a lot of them.

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what is your take on sucker fish? i read that theyre not compatible with goldfish, whether it was because of tank temp or that the goldfish will eat them..? and theres only like 2 kinds of snails recommended with goldfish as well.
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I'm afraid I don't know, I'm sorry. I do know that goldfish do best in cold water - no heater. So your sucker fish & snails must also thrive in cold water, or they'll probably die. So avoid tropicals. I did have a sucker fish, once, & you're right - he was very agressive. He went after ALL the fish! And it not particularly attractive either. I really feel people & a good filter system are the best solution for keeping tanks clean. It's work, but it's enjoyable. FIsh are a lot of fun to watch. :)
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No dont get snails, they reproduce like crazy. They are going to end up invading your tank

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Do not buy a snail for your goldfish tank it is horrible belive me i had one and its not a good idea (;

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Get a pleco (plecostomus) instead. It is a nice fish and does not produce the waste or multiply like a snail. An algae eater will only east he algae for a short time. When they reach maturity, they eat regular fish food. Also, some algae eaters are known for attacking other fish. A pleco will not do that. They are small and do grow (maximum size will be 18"), but tank size will limit their size for quite some time. I had one that loved for over 15 years and I have a 30 gallon tank but started in a 15-gallon..
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That's a pretty big pleco, Yosey.

We had a Discus that lived forever. He finally turned up his (metaphorical) toes.
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Yeah I loved that pleco. I had to take him out if the tank by hand when it was time to clean it. Hubster couldn't do it. He was afraid to hurt him. He was full size for several years before he dies. He was Big Ugly. Not all my fish get names, but he deserved one.

I've not had a discus ..... yet. I think they are lovely. Right now I have an avocado pleco (yep it's green), 3 black skirt tetras, and 3 parrot cichlids. I had two parrots for 7 years but the both just died, one within a month or so of the other. I also got a blue betta fish a few weeks ago who is thriving in this tank and is not bothered by the others at all.
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Nice. We don't have an indoor tank any more but we have two outdoor ponds. Koi in one, goldfish in the other. Daizy wanted a bridge but couldn't have a bridge without a stream for it to cross. So she built a bridge, stream and pond. I'll send you a pic one time.
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I'll love it!!! I want an outdoor pond but Smokey would eat them or the owl, hawks, opossum, or other critter would get them.
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We have to keep a net across them to keep the cats out. Pity, but it's the price you pay.
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if you have a lid i had a bunch in my turtle tank and they all crawled out

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