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post #1 of 14 Old 10-13-2010, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Snail removal

So I went away for Thanksgiving and came back to see that my ten gallon planted tank was full of snails, there has to be hundreds. I also came back to a group of at least 15 new Endler fry. I want to get rid of most of these snails just because there are so many. I have been leaving a piece of zucchini in the tank and getting a lot of them off that way. I transferred them to a new tank that they are in there all alone (I'm thinking of getting a puffer fish in the near future and figure i can start to keep the snails to feed him) Well anyways I was wondering if anyone had thoughts about me moving one of the yo-yo loaches to the planted tank for a few days so he can start to get rid of the snails? The parameters for both are extremely close. I also and worried about him diffing up my plants any help would be great
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 12:41 AM
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You could try getting a Clown loach or maybe a gold fish to eat these pest.

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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I thought about it but most loaches like a group of 3 or more and they biological load on my tank is already too high with two sets of fry and the parents. I also don't have anywhere to rehome these fish when they are done with the snails. Hence the moving the yo-yo's from my semi aggressive for a few days
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 03:33 PM
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Correct, a 10g tank is much too small for a group of loaches. Snails can't survive without food, so there must be more than sufficient for the fish. Snails do consume all sorts of stuff, and are very helpful in doing so and are thus good to have. Perhaps you are feeding too much to the fish. What type of snails are they?

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 03:40 PM
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I agree with Byron you should not use one fish to get rid of another. I would just keep doing what your doing as far as the zucchini thats the easiest way to get rid of them.

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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So three nights of doing it has seemed to quell the number of snails. as for what kind of snails they are I have no idea? I have no experience with snails
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 09:55 PM
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The only successful snail remedy I have found in a tank stocked to capacity is to just pull them out by hand or trap them the way your already are. The only danger with trapping them with food is that some snails will eat and run. Running off to reproduce. I completely rid a tank of snails by cutting down on fish feeding and pulling them out by hand every day.
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 11:05 PM
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Extra food is most likely your issue. Cut down the amout you give and maybe even skip a feeding once a week. That helped me keep down numbers within a few days and worked for about 3 weeks. I never wanted to get rid of all them cause I think they are nice (and free!!!!!) but alot may look bad. Well then I got my zebra loaches and anytime I see a stray running around its nothing but shell within a few hours :)
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 11:27 PM
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a friend told me that when he had fish as a child, if there were small snails in the tank he'd squish them up and the fish would eat them. I don't really know if that's the recommended way to go about ridding the tank of snails... but as a young boy, I'm sure HE really enjoyed it.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 11:45 PM
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a friend told me that when he had fish as a child, if there were small snails in the tank he'd squish them up and the fish would eat them. I don't really know if that's the recommended way to go about ridding the tank of snails... but as a young boy, I'm sure HE really enjoyed it.
Some snails release eggs when you squish them so be careful.



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