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out of control snails
I have a ten gallon and made the mistake of putting a couple of little snails in. They kill every plant Ive tried. I have also tried to remove the snails with lettuce and no sucess. Is there any type of plant that they may not kill?
Anubias is about the only snail resistant plant I know of but I don't know if it will withstand that kind of onslaught. Do you know what type of snails they are? I have only heard of true apple snails and Colombian Ramshorns eating plants that fast and voraciously. I had Colombians once and I fed them fresh Romaine and all my plant scrpas which they ate very quickly.
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what kind of fish do you have in there? At the store whenever we have snail outbreaks in a tank we throw a clown loach or two into that tank. We rotate them around and put them in our plant tanks to keep snails down and sell plants as "snail-free" as we can. If compatable, a clown loach will do wonders at keeping snails down. Orandas do a great job too actually but if its a smaller tropical tank, I wouldnt suggest it. A clown loach will outgrow a 10 gallon tank but it takes a very long time. I've had one in my 47 gallon tank for about 6 months now and have hardly noticed growth. Snail traps can work but usually you wont get all of the snails. A snail-eating fish will keep it maintained (and looks nice too)
If you have a smallish tank and can add a fish then kuhlii loaches or botias will stay small and eat them readily. In order for the lettuce thing to work, you really need to starve the tank for a couple days. This gets the snails hungry and they will come running for the romaine lettuce. Remember also that Iceburg doesn't work well at all and decays too fast to be useful.
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