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post #1 of 30 Old 02-20-2011, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question how many snails is too many snails?

snails are worst than wild rabbits. I now have Grandpa an grandma snails uncle and aunt snails daddy and mommy snails baby snails cousin snails in-law snails nephew and niece snails and they just keep on comin.

should I let the family be? should I remove some and put them in a near-by creek? I dont know what to do I feel sorry for them I mean the just wanted to have a family :(

they are Acute Bladder snails.

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post #2 of 30 Old 02-20-2011, 10:48 AM
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leave them be they will eventualy die because of the alge they wont have anof so just leave them be i had that to so

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Ugh. I had them everywhere once! Every morning there were a kazillion more! Micro-mini to huge.

I couldn't take it anymore so I emptied the tank completely ~ including the substrate.

Never again.

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post #4 of 30 Old 02-20-2011, 10:58 AM
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They can quickly overrun a tank so be carefull.
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post #5 of 30 Old 02-20-2011, 11:00 AM
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you do have to be careeful

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snails are worst than wild rabbits. I now have Grandpa an grandma snails uncle and aunt snails daddy and mommy snails baby snails cousin snails in-law snails nephew and niece snails and they just keep on comin.

should I let the family be? should I remove some and put them in a near-by creek? I dont know what to do I feel sorry for them I mean the just wanted to have a family :(

they are Acute Bladder snails.

thank you guys for your help.
Do not release them to a nearby creek! Damage to ecosystems have been caused by well meaning persons by releasing non-native critters to habitats not their own.
How about getting an assasin snail? I picked one up and he's done an amazing job at keeping the snail population in check. He's also a cool looking snail. I love him! Also, snail populations tend to explode by overfeeding the tank.

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post #7 of 30 Old 02-20-2011, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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holy crap I am definitely overfeeding the tank! lol so far I counted 67 snails...and I know I missed alot :l

assasin snails? omg I have to hire an assasin? will it be painless for the other snails?

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I have hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of snails in my tanks. They don't bother me. The way I look at it, they are obviously eating "stuff" or they wouldn't survive, and the "stuff" they are eating is not going to pollute my tank or harm the fish if they eat it.

I certainly do not overfeed my fish. Which means that in a healthy system there is a lot of "stuff" and having these busy beavers getting rid of it suits me just fine.

I have had a 10g running for several months now with only one Farlowella fry in it, and it feeds exclusively on algae. I never put food into this tank. Yet there must be a couple hundred Malaysian Livebearing snails in there. I've no idea what they are eating, perhaps partly the algae, but obviously something is feeding them, as they can grow up to 3/4 of an inch just by eating "stuff" in the tank.

They are nature's vacuum, and the service they perform in an aquarium is a blessing indeed.

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Why not put a post on the pufferfish bit of this site, Puffs love them and keepers will happily take them off your hands (Puffs bite them in half so death is swift and painless, they know nothing about it!) I'd take the lot but unfortunately I'm in the UK so a bit to far to come!
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I have hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of snails in my tanks. They don't bother me. The way I look at it, they are obviously eating "stuff" or they wouldn't survive, and the "stuff" they are eating is not going to pollute my tank or harm the fish if they eat it.

I certainly do not overfeed my fish. Which means that in a healthy system there is a lot of "stuff" and having these busy beavers getting rid of it suits me just fine.

I have had a 10g running for several months now with only one Farlowella fry in it, and it feeds exclusively on algae. I never put food into this tank. Yet there must be a couple hundred Malaysian Livebearing snails in there. I've no idea what they are eating, perhaps partly the algae, but obviously something is feeding them, as they can grow up to 3/4 of an inch just by eating "stuff" in the tank.

They are nature's vacuum, and the service they perform in an aquarium is a blessing indeed.
alrighty then, the'll stay for now :) I just hope they dont eat the little cryptocoryne they are all over it! seems intact though..for now..

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Why not put a post on the pufferfish bit of this site, Puffs love them and keepers will happily take them off your hands (Puffs bite them in half so death is swift and painless, they know nothing about it!) I'd take the lot but unfortunately I'm in the UK so a bit to far to come!
yeah your a bit far..I'll try to see what happens I mean there are snails everywhere I look!

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