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Old 10-19-2010, 09:26 PM   #11
 
I also have eradicated snails with reduced feedings and pulling them out by hand. Just a side note on feeding, if your temp is at the standard 78 degrees most adult fish do not need to be fed multiple times a day or even every day as is stated on food containers. Most adult fish will do fine eating every other day and even have lower occurrences or digestive and swim bladder issues not to mention increased water quality. Snails were my wake up call to how much food fish actually need to be healthy and it is a surprisingly small amount.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:50 PM   #12
 
I had a similar issue with the snails, I dropped a piece of zucchini in just before bed and then in the morning took them out and there were a whole bunch of snails on it. I moved them to a one gallon tank they can just breed over and over and over again!
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:21 AM   #13
 
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Applesnails like Guppies only need one mating to produce many "hatch-able" clutches of eggs,
They lay clutches above the waterline, You can miss them if you don't look for them.
Takes about 2 weeks for them to hatch, If your applesnail was with other of its kind before you purchased it then you could very easy get lots of young from it...


Most all snails sold as Mystery snails are in fact an Applesnail.
they are very tiny when first born
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:34 AM   #14
 
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I doubt he has apple snails... probably pond or ramshorn.

If it's apple snails, he should sell them... lol.
Let a few grow up, and see how big they get. If it's apples, I'll buy some from you. :P

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I also have eradicated snails with reduced feedings and pulling them out by hand. Just a side note on feeding, if your temp is at the standard 78 degrees most adult fish do not need to be fed multiple times a day or even every day as is stated on food containers. Most adult fish will do fine eating every other day and even have lower occurrences or digestive and swim bladder issues not to mention increased water quality. Snails were my wake up call to how much food fish actually need to be healthy and it is a surprisingly small amount.
Very true.

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Old 10-20-2010, 01:12 PM   #15
 
Stores usually sell snail traps... they're only a couple of bucks
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:30 PM   #16
 
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A really good way to get rid of snails is clown loaches. They eat snails like crazy, there beautifull, and best of all, CHEAP! I would recomend getting them from an LFS if you live near one. I dont really trust online shipping IMO. OH! BE carefull though. They grow to about a foot long . Heres a link that has some interesting info about them.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:50 PM   #17
 
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If you like your mystery snail I would not get assasain snails I am not 100% sure but I think the assasains will kill the mystery snail as well as the other snails. Personal I think a few snails are a good thing to have in your tank they make a good clean up crew.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:07 PM   #18
 
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I have 6 clown loaches & I have (literally hundreds) of Assassin snails,
My clowns will only eat small snails, They don't bother any of the larger snails.

My assassins will eat small apples But not once they get any size to them.
(Just took another 400 + apples to my local fish store)

If your Assassins are very hungry they have been known to team up on a kill.

For a Very long time I raised Assassins and Apples together, Hoping they would keep the numbers down, it didn't work to well.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:16 PM   #19
 
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Thanks Chicklet for clearing that up for me. I always wondered if the assassins would be big enough to kill a mystery snail. Thats why I said I was not 100% sure. ; )
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:42 PM   #20
 
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Thank goodness I don't have assassin snails in my tank! I happen to like my mystery snail (I named him Speedy haha). I've cut the feeding down to once a day instead of two small feedings instead. I keep the water at a steady 76 degrees. I think when I do my next water change/gravel vaccum I'll see if I can suck any snails up and take some out by hand. I have zucchini/cucumber in there attatched to a veggie clip for my pleco too....but no snails found on it.

If they turn out to be any apple snails I'll put them in a seperate tank and whoever wants some is more than glad to have them free of charge except for shipping, might be a while to see how big they get :) Thanks everyone for such great responses and suggestions. I love this forum!
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