Is your pond being overrun by thick, green algae this summer? If so, Smith Creek Fish Farm has a great solution that you may not have considered yet: Trapdoor Snails. These slimy creatures help promote a balanced ecosystem and are a fairly non-invasive species when compared to other egg-laying snails you may employ.

A brief introduction on these snails: Japanese Black Trapdoor Snail (Viviparis Malleatus) is the preferred species of snail for recreational and professional pond and water gardeners world-wide. Algae-eating trapdoor snails are one of the few snail varieties that can over-winter well and survive in harsh northern climates.

They are a great asset in helping keep algae under control in your pond and water garden, as they groom your plants as well as the rocks and walls that make up your pond or water garden. Trapdoor snails will also tend to the ponds bottom, consuming any decaying matter such as leaves, excess fish food and even fish waste.

Although trapdoor snails are live-bearing; they only breed a couple of times a year, so you don’t have to worry about them taking over your pond like other nuisance egg-bearing snails have the ability to do. This also means that you will not have egg clusters all over your pond. These baby snails will hatch ready to eat whatever crosses their path.

In order for your trapdoor snails to have a positive effect on algae growth, a minimum of 10 snails per 50 sq. feet will be needed, and farm ponds will need to have at least 200 algae eating snails per acre to have an effect.

Now is the time to purchase, as these algae eliminating snails are only available from June to September. If you are ready to eliminate the algae from your pond, order your trapdoor snails from Smith Creek Fish Farm today. They even come with free shipping!