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Biemowo 03-03-2011 04:54 PM

invasive snails
 
I'm sure there's been threads about this before however a search yielded nothing so here we go...

I got snails from petsmart! I know I should have quarantined the plants first but I got antsy...
How do I get rid of them? I'm going on spring break for a week starting saturday and I really don't want to come back to a tank of 3000 snails. I can probably remove about 100 of them by hand in an hour but then theres so many hiding in the gravel. I figure if I remove the big ones that I can readily see that using a chemical won't cause the ammonia to rise uncontrollably from a few microscopic dead snails. They're eating all my oto's algae and I'd rather him not starve. I have aponogetons, lilies, moneywort, and onion plants. I've heard that the copper in snail killers hurts plants...I also have neon tetra.

froggle1 03-03-2011 05:25 PM

I added copper to my tank to kill snails but it didn't affect my plants. It worked, though!

Lupin 03-03-2011 06:41 PM

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/i...ail-faq-25186/

PRichs87 03-06-2011 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by froggle1 (Post 607943)
I added copper to my tank to kill snails but it didn't affect my plants. It worked, though!

I wouldn't suggest doing this, as you may have gotten lucky here.

Snails are beneficial to aquariums, I actually ask pet stores to give me their "unsightly" snails. My fish and shrimp usually end up eating them but they take care of the detritus as well.


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