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