Bladder Snails are either hated or loved depending on the hobbyist. I personally don't mind bladder snails in my aquarium. THESE SNAILS WILL NOT EAT HEALTHY PLANTS, IF THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE EATING PLANTS, THE PLANTS AREN'T HEALTHY.
Benefits of Bladder Snails.
Decent Algae Eaters.
There are better snails for eating algae, but since they breed in tanks so easy... if you had an army of these guys, they would do a good job. They will also eat dying plant matter which will help to clean your aquarium.
Bladder Snails are a good gauge for what's going on with your tank.
If you have way too many in your tank, then you are over feeding the tank or not cleaning enough.
They will reproduce like rabbits if enough food is available in your tank.
Great live food for puffers, loaches, etc.
If you want, you can even crack open their shells and feed them to bigger fish like Cichlids.
Bladder Snail Care:
Can be kept even outdoors in short winter areas. Best kept between 60°f and 84°f.
You don't need to feed these snails specifically. They will usually eat whatever is left over, or graze on algae.
Should feed foods occasionally that are high in calcium. Or have a source of calcium in your tank.
When Receiving Snails:
- Place the snails in a corner of the tank and make a mental note where they were place
- Watch the snails over 7 days, if they do not move remove them from the aquarium
- Give the snails a smell and if they stink, then they are dead
- If they do not smell, add them back to the aquarium and give it another 3 days
- It is common for snails to burrow into the substrate and disappear from sight