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lcornell 06-02-2007 10:23 PM

out of control snails
I have a ten gallon and made the mistake of putting a couple of little snails in. They kill every plant Ive tried. I have also tried to remove the snails with lettuce and no sucess. Is there any type of plant that they may not kill?

fish_4_all 06-02-2007 11:43 PM

Anubias is about the only snail resistant plant I know of but I don't know if it will withstand that kind of onslaught. Do you know what type of snails they are? I have only heard of true apple snails and Colombian Ramshorns eating plants that fast and voraciously. I had Colombians once and I fed them fresh Romaine and all my plant scrpas which they ate very quickly.

lcornell 06-03-2007 11:28 AM

I dont know what type of snails they are. They are smaller than an eraser head, thay have a little spiral shape, kinda round. Ive been looking at pictures trying to figure it out and I cant find them

Daz 06-03-2007 11:35 AM

Try one of these.

Snail trap.

fish_4_all 06-03-2007 04:22 PM

That is a picture of ramshorn snail eggs.

Snail Store, this is a good place to look at pics to identify your snails hopefully.

mHeinitz57 06-16-2007 01:06 PM

what kind of fish do you have in there? At the store whenever we have snail outbreaks in a tank we throw a clown loach or two into that tank. We rotate them around and put them in our plant tanks to keep snails down and sell plants as "snail-free" as we can. If compatable, a clown loach will do wonders at keeping snails down. Orandas do a great job too actually but if its a smaller tropical tank, I wouldnt suggest it. A clown loach will outgrow a 10 gallon tank but it takes a very long time. I've had one in my 47 gallon tank for about 6 months now and have hardly noticed growth. Snail traps can work but usually you wont get all of the snails. A snail-eating fish will keep it maintained (and looks nice too) :-)

fish_4_all 06-16-2007 01:37 PM

If you have a smallish tank and can add a fish then kuhlii loaches or botias will stay small and eat them readily. In order for the lettuce thing to work, you really need to starve the tank for a couple days. This gets the snails hungry and they will come running for the romaine lettuce. Remember also that Iceburg doesn't work well at all and decays too fast to be useful.

mHeinitz57 06-16-2007 01:55 PM

good call on the kuhli and botia loaches. I've never used them to eat snails, do they do as well as the clown? I've heard dojo loaches work as well.

fish_4_all 06-16-2007 03:16 PM

My skunk botias have recently cleared out a tank that had at least 500 small snails in it. It took about 3 weeks but I rarely see any more in there unless I put them in.

mHeinitz57 06-16-2007 03:53 PM

good to know! :-)

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