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HELP!!! Still unable to get rid of the Ramshorn snails

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HELP!!! Still unable to get rid of the Ramshorn snails
Old 11-28-2010, 11:45 AM   #11
 
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have you tried baiting?

You can weigh down a piece of cucumber and take out all the snails after 6 hours or so... Or get a 20oz bottle, cut it in half, and set the bottom in the tank with a bit of food. The next morning, the snails should be there in the morning.

Personally, I've never had a "takeover" of ramshorns. My 5 gallon only has 5, and the 10's have about 10 each.

Why do you want to get rid of them? They do so many good things for the aquarium...

If you want to get rid of them, you could get some assassin snails...

DO NOT use the ammonia.
I wouldn't worry about the ammonia traces... I'd worry more about re-cycling the tank.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:58 PM   #12
 
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You run a high risk of leaving ammonia in whatever you put it on and then your fish would probably die, not worth it in my opinion.
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have you tried baiting?

You can weigh down a piece of cucumber and take out all the snails after 6 hours or so... Or get a 20oz bottle, cut it in half, and set the bottom in the tank with a bit of food. The next morning, the snails should be there in the morning.

Personally, I've never had a "takeover" of ramshorns. My 5 gallon only has 5, and the 10's have about 10 each.

Why do you want to get rid of them? They do so many good things for the aquarium...

If you want to get rid of them, you could get some assassin snails...

DO NOT use the ammonia.
I wouldn't worry about the ammonia traces... I'd worry more about re-cycling the tank.
All fish secrete ammonia. This is why you must have nitrifying bacteria. There is nothing risky about it. If you are very careful and know what you are doing you can even cycle a new tank with the right amounts of 100% pure ammonia in the water to build the nitrifying bacteria colony.

I admit it would be a drastic step though. I guess it depends on how bad she wants rid of the snails. I have a tendency to tackle every challenge with overwhelming force.

That is just my style!
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:25 PM   #13
 
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How do you guys weigh down the cucumbers?

Why do I want to get rid of the Ramshorns? Because they literally ATE a heavily planted tank in no tiime at all. They destroyed my beautifully planted tank, they were uninvited and they took over. I am NOT loving them at this point. I truly do want them ALL gone. I am giving serious thought to taking down the entire tank.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:24 PM   #14
 
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Poor Inga :(

You can buy the veggie weights at most fish stores but you can just put it on the end of a fork and sit it at the bottom of your tank.

That's even better because you have an instant handle when pulling it out.

Good luck with the lil buggers.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:43 PM   #15
 
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I have heard that clown loaches do a great job at cleaning up snails. Best of luck.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:54 PM   #16
 
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It seems like the numbers are increasing a little again. How in the world is this possiible? I HATE Ramshorn snails. UGH!!!!! They NEED TO GO!!! I am going crazy over snails.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:06 PM   #17
 
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Inga, I've never had the numbers you seem to have had, but it seems like I had a bit of an explosion at first, and now there are just a few on the glass. I have been fishing the ones on the glass out, but there are still others that I've left alone. Maybe I've just become used to them, or maybe the numbers have sorted themselves somehow.

I just did a water change and used that vacuum thingy as well and, looking at the gravel closely, I can see the little snails down in the gravel in my 165-litre. I really don't think you'll ever be able to get them all out without resorting to stripping down your tank and maybe using chemicals to nuke them. Then, the minute you get a new plant, they'll be back. That's how I think I got them, and I rinsed the plants and looked them over before planting.

Maybe your numbers might settle on their own if you let things be for a bit to see what happens? I think that getting rid of them all is a losing battle. The snails will win, so you may as well get your white flag out

ETA: I never removed my plants or driftwood as you have.

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Old 12-01-2010, 05:41 PM   #18
 
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ETA: I never removed my plants or driftwood as you have.
I didn't remove my plants, they ATE them. Anyway, I am doing the constant water changes and scraping them from the glass each morning as well. I can't believe there are still any left, but there are. I look and look at the gravel and think I have them all then a few hours later, there are more. Unbelievable how fast these stinking things multiply.


I really don't want to add any chemicals as there are fish in the tank. I guess I could just remove them and the gravel and start anew.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:19 PM   #19
 
Botias. Loachata or striata will eat them. get them small as you can find, and consider removing after the snails have been gone for a while. While the are not aggressive per se, they might be a bit much for co-habitating with guppies long term.

We get snails in client tanks and use this method often. With over 500 aquariums in our care, we definitely deal with the occasional rogue snail!
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:20 PM   #20
 
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Sorry, I didn't appreciate that they'd eaten all your plants, I thought you must have taken them out after you'd noticed them damaged.

If you did strip down your tank, you'd need to stick with artifical plants, or restock your plants from someone who has no snails.

I wonder why the snails you've acquired have done such a huge amount of damage. If they came in on plants, you'd think they'd have eaten the plants they came in on.... Have you considered asking an aquarium plant nursery how they deal with these snails? It's their livelihood that would be affected by such voracious eating, they might have some good ideas that haven't been suggested yet?

Have you got anywhere to put your guppies temporarily? Maybe if you didn't need to feed fish the snails would all starve (assuming they can't go dormant and survive periods of starvation).
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