I've read all the advice available on eliminating pond snails, and it all sucks.
1. You're Overfeeding -- I have a planted tank! This advice does not apply. I do monitor feeding.
2. Lettuce -- The population reproduces faster than I can remove them.
3. Copper -- I don't want to poison my tank.
4. Loaches -- I don't want pond snails to dictate how I stock my aquarium.
5. Ignore Them -- Can't. I'm tired of people saying "oh, look at all your pretty snails!"
I have thousands of snails in my 40g, the ground crawls with them. I don't understand why only I have this problem. At the LFS all I see is 1-2 snails here and there.
I'm thinking about a complete tear down, but I'm not sure how to proceed. How do I kill all snails without killing all beneficial bacteria? I only have 9 tetras and 10 pygmy corys in a 40g.
This is what I'm thinking:
1. Move fish and plants to temporary tank, run snail-infested equipment.
2. Empty main tank and let it dry out completely.
3. Bleach plants, rinse and re-introduce.
4. Re-introduce fish.
5. Bleach filter and other equipment, rinse and re-introduce.
Anyone got any advice on a snail tear down? Thanks!