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post #1 of 6 Old 01-02-2010, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Pond Snails- Should they stay or should they go?

I have ~ six small (Rice Krispie sized) pond snails that must've come in on my water wisteria. Will they harm my aquarium if I leave them be? I know they breed like crazy, at what size/age do they start to reproduce? They're really active and growing fast. If getting rid of them is the answer, what's the most effective (and quickest for the benifit of the snails) method of removal?
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I have ~ six small (Rice Krispie sized) pond snails that must've come in on my water wisteria. Will they harm my aquarium if I leave them be? I know they breed like crazy, at what size/age do they start to reproduce? They're really active and growing fast. If getting rid of them is the answer, what's the most effective (and quickest for the benifit of the snails) method of removal?
I had a similar question when snails migrated in on my plants...I thought they were so ugly. Now that they are big, they are beautiful, they eat algae, and when it seems like there are too many (like, if I can see more than six in my tank at one time, that's too many) I'll just wait till I see one on a leaf and pick off the leaf and throw it in the garbage (is that inhumane?). Doing that just three or four times has kept the population under control. They don't reproduce rapidly. I think my other fish probably eat the babies or the eggs.

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Plenty of fish will eat the eggs and young snails but fewer will eat the adults, so depending on what fish you've got you might only ever notice a few adults or you might have a huge population boom. They're not really harmful unless you've got a lot of tender live plants, in which case you'll probably want to get rid of them. Unfortunately it's just about impossible to get rid of them completely without totally breaking down the tank, but you can control the population by manually removing snails. You can set "traps" for them by dropping in slices of cucumber or zucchini. After a couple of hours it'll be covered in snails and you can just pull it out.

If the water wisteria you mentioned is the only plant you have in the tank, you shouldn't really have any problems and you can just leave the snails be.

Edit: for a more comprehensive article, check Lupin's Pest Snail FAQ stickied at the top of this subforum.

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-09-2010, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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The snails spend all of therit time eating my wisteria, there's no trapping. I think I'll have to get rid of them because I'd like to get more live plants eventually. (Meaning more snails...)
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You could just buy an assassin snail. As long as the pond snails don't explode in population, he might be able to keep them under control.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-28-2010, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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I'm using the "squish on sight" method. The little buggers bred, so theres a bunch of really tiny snails to deal with. They're not all that bad, they clean the glass for me.
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