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fluffin 03-11-2007 06:27 AM

Damn Snails!
We have lots of snails in our 30L biOrb and we were just wondering what lettuce leaf is meant to go in the bottom to attract said snails so we can get rid of them.

Thank you :)

Amphitrite 03-11-2007 07:06 AM

Just put a normal garden lettuce leaf in, rinsed thoroughly, weighted down and left in overnight.

Then lift out in the morning and hopefully there should be a lot of snails on it.

What kind of snails do you have, ramshorns?

fluffin 03-11-2007 07:36 AM

I have no idea to be honest. They multiply at ridiculous rates and they're about 1/2cm long or smaller. How can I identify them?

Amphitrite 03-11-2007 07:40 AM

fluffin 03-11-2007 07:48 AM

No. They're brown and slightly speckly.

Amphitrite 03-11-2007 07:52 AM

Are they more of a cone shape? Like this?

If not, could you post a pic of them?

fluffin 03-11-2007 07:57 AM

I can't get a clear photo of any of them as they're tiny and my phone camera isn't that good.

They're quite similar to that last photo but they're fatter and a lot smaller. Is there a good aquatic snail website with photos at all that you know of?

fluffin 03-11-2007 07:59 AM

Sleepy 03-11-2007 12:55 PM

Hi fluffin.

What works very well is a piece of peeled cucumber on a toothpick. You can easily stick this into the gravel. Snails (and your fish probably, too) will love this additional food.
Put it into the tank when the light go out and check in after app. 2-3 hours. You will be surprised how much snails will sit on this piece of cucumber.

However, too much snails might be a sign of overfeeding. To keep the snail population in it´s limit you might consider to feed the fish less for a while. The more food the snails find the more they will breed themselves. :shock:

I hope that works out for ya.

hamdogg08 03-11-2007 03:50 PM

Would you be open to putting a clown loach in your tank? They'll crunch up all your snails no problem. I had a snail problem before, and threw my clown loach into my planted tank, and it took care of the snails right away. :twisted:

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