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Old 02-07-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
 
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Any suggestions on how to get rid of snails?? I am totally over run by snails. The tank in question is 20gal freshwater, I have Red Ludwigia, Java Fern? (lfs said that's what it is but doesn't look a thing like the ones in my book, I believe it is actually"Windelov)", and Frill plants. I have 3 White Clouds and a red-tailed shark in this tank and hopefully will be adding 4-6 Long-finned Serpae Tetras next week.

I have removed about 40 snails this week by hand. I placed lettuce in the tank last night and well, they love my Frill plant and the Red Ludwigia so much they didn't take the bait. I won't use chemicals unless absolutely necessary.

I have been looking at the little puffer fish that only grow to 1 inch. I can't remember what they are called but they are yellow with black dots. Would these be okay in my tank? I was thinking maybe just one. I'm afraid he might hurt the teras. Any other suggestion?
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:39 AM   #2
 
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I keep the dwarf puffers and they will indeed hurt the long-finned tetras. Long fins are just begging for trouble around those little guys. One lone puffer would never control your snail population anyway as they don't tend to eat very much. The chemicals are going to cause you nothing but problems. Your best bet is to simply remove the snails you can, cut down on any extra food they are getting, and maybe think about getting a different type of snail eating fish. Perhaps someone else can reccomend one for you. Definitely do not go with the puffers though in this particular set up.
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:08 PM   #3
 
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Anyone know of another fish to help with the snails? I would like to keep fish smaller than 2 1/2 inches if possible, my shark was an exception, I saw him and had to have him... So If I get a snail eater (heh, heh) it will take care all future frye as well!

Any suggestions as to what would work in a 10 gal with a puffer or two?? Since I placed my frye in the new tank they died off over a period of a day and a half..
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:12 PM   #4
 
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Cory Cats Love Snails.
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:21 PM   #5
 
yo-yo loaches kulie loachesand and many others work well
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:23 PM   #6
 
The following thread may be of significant help.

http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.p...660&highlight=

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Old 02-07-2007, 02:57 PM   #7
 
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Cory Cats Love Snails.
i would have to disagree with you there matt.

i have 3 cory cats ( 2 different species ) living nice and peacfuly in my tank for about 1 1/2 years. my tank is 118L ( i think thats 20 gallons? or 30? ) and in that tank we have 'millions' of snails. the cory's don't eat the snails where as my cory ( Zoidburg ) comes up to a snail sometimes and plays with it

I have seen all these snail threads pop up and the answer is always a new fish.
be on the lookout for a new thread....:D

hope this helps! :D
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:25 PM   #8
 
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As far as tankmates for dwarf puffers I suggest neon tetras or zebra danios...neither will bother the puffers and should be able to keep their distance from a puffer that decides to get a bit nippy. And obviously both of them stay small.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:41 PM   #9
 
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actually, they couldnt care less about snails, its some of the loaches that like the snails. Cory Cats mouths arent made for sucking a molusk out of its shell, the mouth is made for looking around the tank for food. Cories will not eat the snails.

A yoyo loach are good for eating snails though
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:44 PM   #10
 
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Cory Cats Love Snails.
actually, they couldnt care less about snails, its some of the loaches that like the snails. Cory Cats mouths arent made for sucking a molusk out of its shell, the mouth is made for looking around the tank for food. Cories will not eat the snails.

A yoyo loach are good for eating snails though
ive seen my albino ripp apart a couple snails
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