12-21-2010, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by sik80
Accept your snails as friends cos its very hard to get rid of them by all accounts! I think they're interesting and they provide a valuable service of clearing up any excess food and eating algae. If you don't overfeed your fish the snail population should remain manageable.
I'd be very sceptical about adding any snail killing medication because of possible side effects on the fish
+100. IMO it is practically impossible to remove snails once they are there. It can be done but your looking at replacing at least the gravel IMO. Half of it comes from the fact that most snails are asexual, if you only miss one all your efforts will be in vain. I enjoy my snails and wouldn't give them up if I could lol. Never had a "invasion", such a event is a sign your tank is imbalanced.
You all have weird shrimp. My cherries ignore snails. Most snail killers are copper medications, which don't work all that great. They will kill some snails, all shrimp, irritate the fish, and stress out the plants. We use the exact same meds for ich treatment, snails though is a much high dose.
I think you are fighting the inevitable but go for it if thats what you want.