I need a snail eater, any ideas?
So my 10 gallon as a million little snails in it that rode on my live plants. They are eating my plants now and there is just so many. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of fish I could get to eat my snails? I was gonna get a dwarf puffer but I geuss he would try to eat my guppy, corys and betta?
So I need some suggetions on a freshwater snail eater that can live in a 10 gallon. :-D
1) dwarf puffers will not "eat" your guppies or betta, just stress them to the point of death.
2) only a few pest snails actually eat plants. They prefer softer foods like algae. Unless they are starving, your plant problems are probably from your tank and not the snails
3) in 10g, i would not recommend getting any new fish to eat the snails as most would be too big. Your options are: assassin snail, get one or 2, will keep your snail population in check. OR, the better solution, get some cucumbers, blanch them, drop them in the tank on a small dish right before your tank lights go off. Then pick pull them up in the morning, should have a bunch of snails on it. Then just toss them out.
Also instead of using cucumbers you can also put in a leaf of lettuce doing the same as SinCrisis recommended with the cucumber. You will have to do this several times but you will be able to reduce your pest snail population.
okay, what about crushing them and feeding then to my betta? is that a possibilty?
Crushing them and not cleaning/removing that which is not eaten would/could lead to water quality issues given the large number's of them that you report.
Would be OK to feed once a week or twice a week if the Betta shows interest. IMHO
Most snail population are due to overfeeding only
I had a huge outbreak of Ramshorn snails when I was over feeding my tank intentionally to keep fry alive in a community tank. They DID eat my plants and killed many of them. It was an effort to get rid of them and took some time but it can be done.
First I scooped as many as I could find (as I said there were a lot)
then I did the drop in bait (cucumber/lettuce) I even used the end of a piece of Mellon though I didn't turn off the lights. I was so infested at first that I dropped the piece in waited 5 minutes then took it out loaded full of snails. I repeated that a few times each night for awhile.
This was after the first 5 minutes in
Thirdly, I got a handful of Assassin snails. I was told that they would only eat 1 snail per night but when I woke in the morning the floor of the tank was littered with empty Ramshorn snail shells. They must have been starving at the pet store. ha ha
Now, my smaller tank is completely free of Ramshorns and my larger tank might have a few but it is rare to see any at all. My plants are now bouncing back too. I had to cute a huge amount out of there as the leaves were so damaged. If this is the type of snails you have, I agree, get rid of them or at the very least cut the numbers way way down.
Also, now that the numbers are way down, when I see one or two I do squish them and my Cories and Angels come running to eat them. I am sure your Betta would enjoy a snail or two but don't crush a hundred at a time because as mentioned above, your water quality will suffer. Good Luck!
I still am not convinced that the snails eat healthy tissue... I think softer plants and growing snail populations are both symptoms of some background mechanism linked to overfeeding... Possibly high nitrates, possibly ammonia, or maybe even some sort of bacteria overpopulation...Or perhaps when you have too many snails, their slime suffocates the plant (weakens it) and them they munch...
One day I'll figure it out. ;)
I agree, limit the food (I feed my fish 4 times a WEEK. They are all perfectly healthy) get some assassin snails if you want, and bait if you want... Your snail population will shrink.
Or, an alternative would be to bait them and sell them to people online. (Might make a dollar or so for every few dozen you send out, people will pay shipping and handling.)
assasin snails are amazing i bought 1 for my 120L tank and after bout a week no snails :):):).....altho when the assasin past away my snail population is starting to creap back up :(
sorry to barge in on somone elses post but would a dwarf puffer be safe with neon tetras, dwarf rainbowfish, cherry barbs, Kuhlis and BN pleco?
i also have a couple of guppys and danios but theyre being moved to a new home.
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