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post #1 of 20 Old 02-01-2015, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
Exclamation Crazy Snail Problem!

So ever since I've gotten my 20 gal tank I've stocked it with all kind of plants. What came with those plants - do I have to even say it? There were thousands of them! I tried picking them out by hand at first, which seemed to work out pretty well. Thing is, I just woke up this morning to find multiple egg sacks over pretty much every leaf of my plants.

I would just buy assassin snails, but don't think that it would be a smart idea to have them mailed in the middle of winter. Any other way of dealing with this?

One 20 gallon tank in the process of cycling, hoping to fill with livebearers in a few days.
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post #2 of 20 Old 02-02-2015, 10:37 AM
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Make or buy a snail trap?
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post #3 of 20 Old 02-03-2015, 04:20 PM
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I would do nothing.

In a year there will only be a few left.


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post #4 of 20 Old 02-06-2015, 06:49 AM
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I would like to say my ghost shrimp killed off my snail population in no time to my girlfriends dismay. Haha my "cleaner shrimp" cleaned up the wrong thing. So if you can get some ghost shrimp they will wreck a snail population. I would get a few because they like to jump when your acclimating, also put tin foil or plastic wrap over the container and just be ready to try and save the dumb ones.
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post #5 of 20 Old 02-16-2015, 11:35 PM
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i am a snail lover. LOL. i would search locally for a few assassin snails and handle them that way. it may be worth the drive within say, a 20 mile radius?
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post #6 of 20 Old 02-26-2015, 03:57 PM
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Snails multiply to the source of the food.

If you overfeed, you get a lot of snails. If you feed less, or have less dying vegetation in the tank, then you have fewer snails.

Both of those things would be causing you massive problems, but they aren't because the snails are taking care of it. Basically, snails are better than the alternative.

If you have big snails like apple snails, them dying is a problem, as they foul the water. Small snails just become fish or snail food as they near death.




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post #7 of 20 Old 02-26-2015, 11:10 PM
I would either find yourself some assassin snails, or get a bigger snail that can out-compete them. The snail population is going to grow to keep up with the food supply. Obviously something is feeding them, so either figure out what that is and reduce or eliminate it, or get something that is going to clean it up or wipe out your snails. You could go with a Mystery snail, assuming that your plants can withstand how rough they can be. Their biggest problem is that they are big and like to climb on the plants. However they are voracious eaters, and will out compete the other snails for food. When they die, the Mystery snail will eat them too. Mystery snails cannot reproduce asexually, so if you have only one, there will be no more. Even if you got more than one, they lay their eggs on the glass out of the water, so you will see this pink cluster stuck to the side of your tank that you can easily pop off. (They take weeks to hatch, so if you don't catch it right away, it's no biggie)
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post #8 of 20 Old 02-26-2015, 11:11 PM
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I would like to say my ghost shrimp killed off my snail population in no time to my girlfriends dismay. Haha my "cleaner shrimp" cleaned up the wrong thing. So if you can get some ghost shrimp they will wreck a snail population. I would get a few because they like to jump when your acclimating, also put tin foil or plastic wrap over the container and just be ready to try and save the dumb ones.
My mystery snails eat ghost shrimp.
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post #9 of 20 Old 02-28-2015, 06:01 AM
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dead ones? Lol not sure how a snail could catch a shrimp.... it would be sweet to see that in action haha
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post #10 of 20 Old 02-28-2015, 07:53 AM
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Lol not sure how a snail could catch a shrimp.... it would be sweet to see that in action haha
i second that !

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