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MsFrosty 12-03-2008 12:24 AM

I am overrun
 
I bought a plant and now all of my pretty driftwood is COVERED in snails, even cleaning the gravel they were EVERYWHERE is there any way to get rid of the typical not cool overbreeding pests?

Lupin 12-03-2008 12:29 AM

1. Restrict food supply.
2. Manual removal and lettuce baiting.
3. Assassin snails. Let me know if you want some of these. They tend to be $3.99 each but I know some people who sell them.

SolaceTiger 12-03-2008 12:30 AM

Assassin snails? That is quite possibly the coolest thing I've heard about on here. *googles* xD

Lupin 12-03-2008 12:34 AM

They're labeled scientifically as Anentome helena. Juveniles tend to be shyer than the adults so they may bury themselves underground for days. They are however predatory relishing pond snails, MTS and ramshorns. They usually go for snails smaller than them. These are not prolific but do lay individual eggs around the tank.

Sydneysider 12-03-2008 04:37 AM

Lettuce baiting works well. Just place a piece on the bottom after lights out, and they will come from everywhere, just pick it up and dispose of them. You will have to do it several times though, but it does work. If you had the room a couple of Loaches would make short change of them also.:-D

MsFrosty 12-03-2008 11:17 AM

Well I have a 6 inch pepper loach but I hear clown loaches minimize numbers as well. I would love to try the assasin snails but I am not sure how we could get them here. Also will my albino catfish, loach or plecos go after the lettuce?

daisycutter 12-03-2008 12:45 PM

i use a small tupperware tub with hole in the lid and algea wafers to catch trumpet snails its very good at catching large numbers of them to keep there population down i put the hole down so they crawl up into it and fish cant get in should work up the other way for normal snails


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