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zambit 12-15-2010 04:16 PM

How to get rid of snails?
 
Hello,
Does anyone know how to get rid of snails in the tank? Apparently I had some hitchhikers on some plants I bought at the fish store. Even though I washed the plants and thought I got them all of, I have tiny snails multiplying in my tank now.

lorax84 12-15-2010 05:28 PM

Put a veggie or piece of lettuce in your tank over night. In the morning they will be attached to it and you can take them out. You can repeat this process as needed. If they are MTS you will probably never completely get rid of them but it will help when their population explodes. Also monitor your feeding, overfeeding usually increases the snails numbers quickly.

jaysee 12-15-2010 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lorax84 (Post 535335)
Put a veggie or piece of lettuce in your tank over night. In the morning they will be attached to it and you can take them out. You can repeat this process as needed. If they are MTS you will probably never completely get rid of them but it will help when their population explodes. Also monitor your feeding, overfeeding usually increases the snails numbers quickly.

Depending, you may have to starve your tank for a day or two for the lettuce trick to work.

For MTS, the only way to rid your tank is to break the tank down and switch substrates.

Overfeeding causes the population to explode, as lorax said. Managing feeding better will control the population.

Redknee 12-15-2010 05:57 PM

There is a way that is as easy as it gets:
Antentome helena!
They will hunt and kill every single small snail there is.
I'd use 5 for every 50G of water if the outbrake is not to bad and 10-15/50G if the infestation is really bad.

zambit 12-15-2010 06:21 PM

Snails...
 
Thank you for the replies. I am not sure what kind of snails they are. What are MTS? Also, my tank is planted. They seem to love my pennywort and have put a good dent in its leaves. Will the lettuce trick work with a plants tank? I could not find Antentome helena in the tropical fish profile. What kind of fish is it and what parameters does it need?

Thanks again for teh help.

jaysee 12-15-2010 06:47 PM

I think that's the scientific name for assassin snail.

Redknee 12-15-2010 07:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zambit (Post 535374)
Thank you for the replies. I am not sure what kind of snails they are. What are MTS? Also, my tank is planted. They seem to love my pennywort and have put a good dent in its leaves. Will the lettuce trick work with a plants tank? I could not find Antentome helena in the tropical fish profile. What kind of fish is it and what parameters does it need?

Thanks again for teh help.

It's a snail that is very good at killing snails.
And it's also not a pest, it reproduces pretty slow and you can always sell the extra to someone.
I love them so much i actually buy substrate snail just to have food for my killers.

lorax84 12-15-2010 07:23 PM

MTS are Malaysian Trumpet snails, They like this.

http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Bug_S98.jpg

If you have a planted tank the lettuce trick wont really work. You could look into an assassin snail. They will kill MTS in your tank and keep them from getting out of hand again. As was said above, the only other way to get rid of them is to break down the tank and start over with new substrate.

Redknee 12-15-2010 08:07 PM

Before you go on a killing spree remember that this snails do NOT eat live plants.
The dents in your plants can be from a lot of reasons like bad fertilisation and/or bad light.
If your tank is imbalanced plants will die. The snails are just there(on the plants) to eat dead parts of the plant.
Things are not simple with aquariums and 1 wrong move can lead to disaster. No need to panic but plants do need things in order to grow and live. Like fertilisers, light, good water parameters, etc.
Just water and some light is not enough to keep your plants healthy.
Can you tell us what size tank you have, what lights, what fertilisers and what water parameters(NO3, PO4, Ph, NH3, NO2, etc)?

zambit 12-15-2010 11:28 PM

My tank is 37 gallons with rounded small pebbles/river stones for substrate.

My tank is planted with: Planted with 2 moss balls, Java Moss, peacock fern (Selaginella Wildenowii), coconut (Peliosanthes Speciies), Argentine Sword (Echinodorus Argentiensis), gold ribbon (Dracaena Variegatus), broadleaf sageterias and Penny Wort.
The only plant that seems to be suffering is the Penny Wort. I have it floating and the snails like to sit on it.

There is a piece of drift wood.

I have 3 red platies (xiphophorus maclatus) plus fry, 3 and
6 neon tetras. I also had 3 panda cories that died just this week. :(

The snail do not appear to be MTS. I looked up some info on snails and it looks like I have at least 2 different kinds that fall into the ramshorn type and pond snail type.

My light is on a timer for 8 hours and is a plant light (30", 25w)
Top Fin Power Filter
I have an air stone.

PH from my tap is 7.8 but my tank is usually 6.8-7.0
0 nitrites, 0 amonia, slight reading on the nitrates (there are nitrates in my tap water).
There is also some phosphates in my tap water. I got something from the fish store to put in my filter to take of these problems but I can't remember the name of it. The fertilizer I use does not have phosphates in it.

Thank you for your help.


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