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post #1 of 2 Old 04-28-2007, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Problems with overbreeding Snails in Fresh water tanks

When I first got plants for my tank I realised a few days after that they had been covered in snail eggs. I noticed hundreds of baby snails on my tank windows. Whilst i thought they were cute I realised that they were doing my tank no good.

When I went to the fish shop:

Option A:
the lady offered me snail kill chemical though i did not want it to disturb my fish.

Option B:
Then she gave me 2 clown loaches. In the first few days they got rid of nearly all the snails.

Option C:
She told me to get my net and put in a piece of lettuce so the snails would go into the net to eat the lettuce. After hours I took out the net and put the snails in boiling water so they did not spread any further.

These tecniques really worked well so i sugest you try them if you have this problem

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post #2 of 2 Old 04-28-2007, 08:56 AM
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Re: Problems with overbreeding Snails in Fresh water tanks

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Option A:
the lady offered me snail kill chemical though i did not want it to disturb my fish.
Welcome to Fishforum.com, Calichick.8)

Option 1 is not advisable. Snail killing chemicals often contain copper sulfate which prove to be difficult to remove. This method harms the fish and can even cause disasters by messing up with your water chemistry. Failure to remove dead snails results to rising levels of ammonia.

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Then she gave me 2 clown loaches. In the first few days they got rid of nearly all the snails.
A very good biological method, yes, but it must be noted that clowns, despite being slow growers, grow to 12 inches and possibly more. Depending on the size of your tank, there are several other alternatives to consider.
1. Botia rostrata
2. Botia dario
3. Botia striata
4. Botia modesta
5. Botia almorhae
6. Botia histrionica
7. Yasuhikotakia morleti
8. Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki
Further research to these fish is required before considering any of them.

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Option C:
She told me to get my net and put in a piece of lettuce so the snails would go into the net to eat the lettuce. After hours I took out the net and put the snails in boiling water so they did not spread any further.
Best method aside from minimizing food rations.

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