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post #1 of 6 Old 10-01-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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fast way of gettin rid of snails ??

Anyone got gd ideas of gettin rid of snails fast !!! ?? :) my population has hit the roof
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-01-2011, 07:48 PM
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Lightly boil a slice of vegetable (squash/zucchini) or raw cucumber and put it in the middle of your tank. Wait 20-30 minutes. Take it out with the mass of snails feeding on it, and there you go. Snail population, gone!

If they're getting out of control and reproducing too fast, you're probably putting too much food into the tank to begin with. Eliminate their food source, and they'll stop breeding.

Assassin snails will eat other snails, but you'll still need to remove the old shells. You may end up needing to feed your assassin snails if they clear out the whole population, though.

Just a few tips.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-01-2011, 10:43 PM
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I've heard lettuce placed in a jar that is on its side on the bottom of the tank is a really good way. Easy to just pull out the jar and remove all the snails that are in there. Repeat over the course of a couple days should really take care of it. Or you could get a fish that eats snails if that fits into your stocking.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-01-2011, 10:53 PM
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get a couple clown loaches, they love to gobble up snails, plus you get a beautiful addition to your tank
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 04:14 PM
Getting rid of snails is very difficult. Controlling a population though is not. If you have a very large snail population then there is another underlying problem with the tank. Snails need a food source to reproduce and that source must be able to support their population. Basically you need to take a better look at the amount of food going into the tank as well as the amount of wastes built up in the tank. Its not uncommon to see tanks this tons of snails, yet nor is uncommon to have a tank with snails that never gets out of control. I have various species of snails in multiple tanks. All are hitchhikers from one place or another. The populations all stay reasonable or small without any controlling factors other then available food. I don't have any fish that eat them nor do I actively remove them from the tanks. All my tanks are also heavily planted.

I would like to say be very wary of clown loaches. These fish do grow slow, but regardless they get very large(~12")

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 05:00 PM
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mikiala, good point about the loach size, i should have mentioned that.. what size is your tank fryup
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