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post #1 of 12 Old 12-31-2006, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Found snails on the anacharis i bought

Theyre small.
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i dont know how else to describe them.

What should i do?

Are they dangerous to fish or turtles?

they were on the anacharis leaves.

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African Driftwood
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-31-2006, 03:31 PM
Re: Found snails on the anacharis i bought

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What should i do?
they were on the anacharis leaves.
New plants are the where I "inherited" mine many months ago.

Initially there were not many snails and I could have easily "squshed each one" but I did not because I did not know what would happen next.

As Ce said they multiply like crazy.

Within a month I had snails covering my rocks, my driftwood and my plants.
The snails and their eggs were so dense on the walls of my tank that viewing my fish was difficult.

Not wanting to employ chemicals for the eradication of the snails I purchased seven very small yoyo loaches.

In six weeks I had no snails but seven much larger yoyo loaches.

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Are they dangerous to fish or turtles?
I do not know about your turtles but they did not seem to bother my fish.
They did, however, very much bother me.

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-31-2006, 05:20 PM
If you don't want them, dispose of them. Otherwise just enjoy them and allow them to prosper. They pose no threat, unless you really enjoy certain live plants.
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-31-2006, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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The bleach wont kill the plants?


E.E bleach seems like it would kill plants

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Tweek-Chinese Algae Eater
African Driftwood
Fluval 305 Canister Filter
Anacharis

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-31-2006, 08:16 PM
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If it is too strong or you leave them in for too long it will kill them and the roots.

Best to stick with the pot. perm as it is safer. Also remeber to put the plants in some dechlor before back in the tank.

I have snails in my two planted tanks and as long as I don't overfeed, I only have to remove 20-30 a month for my other tank and the loaches. They are actually handy and I also have Malaysian Trumpet snails for substrate mixing.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-01-2007, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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ive never heard of this phosphorus p thing

where can i buy it?

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Tweek-Chinese Algae Eater
African Driftwood
Fluval 305 Canister Filter
Anacharis

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Anacharis, Corkscrew
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-01-2007, 11:45 AM
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When ever you bring new live plants in, you should either perform a 2-3 minute bleach solution (unscented bleach and water) or soak them in a strong solution of PP (potassium permaganate) for about 15-20 minutes. Which ever method you use, rinse the plants in water and then soak them in a container with dechlorinator for about 10 minutes. This will nuetralize the bleach or PP.
You should always at least rinse your plants to remove any left over copper residue from whereever you ordered them from. Many places these days treat their plants to a copper treatment before they send them to you. Thanks for the warning, huh?!

You so cool.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-01-2007, 01:03 PM
Another way to get rid of snails whenever you first buy plants is to soak them in very salty water. Obviously this only works on snails who cannot survive in salt water
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-01-2007, 02:54 PM
You've had some great advice. I only wanted to add that your turtles will eat them with glee.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-01-2007, 11:00 PM
Small snails will not hurt your tank or your plants for that matter. I have a 20g guppy tank with anachris and java moss for the babies and a bunch of snails to help keep the tank clean. They moved in with the anachris. Watch carefully for any mass die of. They can foul the water in a hurry.
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