So when I first started up my planted tank (5/6 months ago) I brought in plants that I didn't quarantine or dip, which of course lead to pond snails. I left them in there for quite a while as I didn't mind them; until I noticed holes in the leaves of my Hygo and s. repens. Upon a quick search, I found that pond snails may eat plants- in particular, Hygro and s.repens. Since then, I've been conducting a manual removal of snails whenever I see them. A lot of work, but I don't particularly mind. They're not yet gone- I'm not sure if they ever really will be- but all that is left is the tiniest of the babies.
Well since then, I've read from other hobbyists on facebook pages that pond snails DON'T eat healthy plants. My s.repens and hygro appear to be healthier since I've culled the snails, but I also added 8 ember tetras to my previously cycling/fishless tank. Could the fish have provided some nutrient to my plants which had caused the holes, or do you guys think it was the snails eating them?
Basically, i'm after an algae eater to keep my tank looking a bit fresher. I was originally going to buy some yellow cherry shrimp but have heard they're somewhat poor algae eaters? They are fascinating though.
Have also looked into Otos but have heard they're quite sensitive and hard to keep alive when first bought. This is my first tank (apart from the overstocked and frankly inhumane goldfish tank that I had when I was 9), and keeping otos worries me.
So, in you guy's opinions, what should I get? Cherry shrimp, otos, or allow the snails to re-populate? Or any other suggestions?
I have a 20g-tall (75L) heavily planted(I think?) tank. pH of 6.8 that is being buffered via crushed marble (I'm on rain water). ADA amazonia aquasoil, if that matters. Cycled, up-and-running for 5/6 months with a good source of algae (this can be allowed to grow further if added otos, heard they tend to starve). Currently have 8 ember tetras, maybe adding 4 more, and also planning on adding a dwarf honey gourami. Driftwood in the tank, if that matters.
Thank you all in advance, and sorry for the long post