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What kind of snail? Most of your average aquatic snails do not eat healthy plants, but only dying plant matter. I only had it happen to me once that nails would eat plants, and that was a water wisteria that didn't do too well from the beginning, and my apple snails ate it up.

Other than that, never had a problem :) Just make sure there is enough food for the snails to eat, so they are not forced to eat the healthy plants :)

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2nd for what kind of snail? What they will & won't eat kind of depends on what you've got.

Rabbit snails will eat just about any plant you put in with them- sometimes voraciously, sometimes just munch on it. They aren't too common in the hobby, though. You can find them, if you look, but most likely not a wandering into a LFS type of purchase.

Mystery snails will eat the heck out of water lettuce and duckweed. That's the only thing I have found that they will eat. Well, besides leafy greens like lettuce that I add to the tank, but that doesn't count.

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They usually leave plants alone, unless it's leaves that are starting to decay (dead or unhealthy leaves)- they will eat dwarf water lettuce, duckweed, and amazon frogbit, though. Like crazy, too. Especially the frogbit.

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It sounds like you might have the larger species of apple snail pomacea canaliculata (i think thats how you spell it) they can grow to the size of a coke can! You can look them up. I don't think you can stop them eating your plants. Its the smaller types like pomacea diffusa that won't eat live plants. Www.applesnail.net is a good site ;)

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