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Snail Infestation, HELP!
Old 11-30-2011, 01:36 PM   #11
 
Hi, i am new to fish keeping, but i had the same problem with the snails. I mentioned them when i was purchasing some fish and the girl recommended buying an 'assassin snail'. Sounds crazy i know, to BUY a snail when u want to get rid of the snails! But she said that this particular snail will eat all the unwanted snails and keep them under control, (beleive me they just keep multiplying- i counted 30 after about a month! and same thing you described how they look). This assassin snail eats them and doesnt breed itself she said. Well this was about a month ago now and i can honestly say that the snail population has decreased about as quickly as it increased! Whats more is i havent even seen the assassin snail since the day i put him in there! So just an idea. It really worked for me.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:54 PM   #12
 
you can keep snails in check with assassin snails. just a thought
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:42 PM   #13
 
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Most loaches will do a good job on snails as well....or cichlids. Do research first to see which ones would be good with your fish / plants and which ones have a good track record of eating snails. Not all are good community tank fish and some get darn big.... clown loaches.

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Old 12-04-2011, 09:23 AM   #14
 
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Thanks for all your help, everyone! :D
Anyway, last night I put a piece of cucumber in a plastic cup that I weighted down with some gravel, and sunk it down to the bottom. This morning, there were no snails in the cup! I saw snails on the gravel making their way towards the cup last night! How is this possible?
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:42 AM   #15
 
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You need to nuke it first so that it is soft. I have never tried that with a slice of cucumber, though. I use zucchini. The shrimp & snails make a bee-line to the goodies and actually I can have them eat a very large section (halved with seeds removed) by morning. I bet if you put the veggie in the microwave for 15 seconds or so until the veggie is soft, let it cool and THEN put it in the container, you will see a difference. Daytime or nighttime, they go for it.

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Old 12-04-2011, 09:54 AM   #16
 
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You need to nuke it first so that it is soft. I have never tried that with a slice of cucumber, though. I use zucchini. The shrimp & snails make a bee-line to the goodies and actually I can have them eat a very large section (halved with seeds removed) by morning. I bet if you put the veggie in the microwave for 15 seconds or so until the veggie is soft, let it cool and THEN put it in the container, you will see a difference. Daytime or nighttime, they go for it.

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Thank you sooo much, Melanie! I will do that now :D
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:06 AM   #17
 
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Everything's pretty much already been said, but I'll weigh in...

Snails are good for the plants and the ecosystem of aquariums.. They break down pieces of waste into smaller-sized particles that the bacteria can digest..
I've never seen snails eat healthy plants... (And I've had pond, ramshorn, and MTS.)

If you trim a plant, make sure you use extremely sharp scissors. If you crush a part of the stem, the snails will eat it.. And the wilt on the stem will slowly expand, giving your snails an expensive treat.

I would also be really careful to not overfeed your fish. Snails are a great way to signal whether you are... 2 adult male guppies should not need more than 2-3 flakes a day, and food should be skipped one day a week. Excess food will go to the snails.

I also love assassin snails... They breed extremely slowly- 2-3 will be plenty, and you'll probably only ever have three. Snail treatment is toxic, and may damage your fish...
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