I looked all over the posts containing "snail" but couldn't find quite what I looked for.
I have a disgusting snail outbreak, and the options to get a grip of it are not good. I have clusters of eggs all over the leaves, the wood and the glass. This points toward the pond snails, because trumpets are livebearers (unless I have other kind of conical shelled snail), and I dropped only some diminute ones a couple of weeks ago, which I hardly ever see. Although I have not seen yet too many of them around, the eggs will hatch eventually and make a mess. I wouldn't mind if they didn't poop over the wood, it looks nasty, and if they did not feast on my favourite leaves. They have eaten the damaged parts of my short vals, but then followed on the Aponogeton crispus drilling holes that made me explode in anger. Then, they ate half a leaf of a lillie, and ate bits of other leaves, which made me burst too, but less severely.
This could be the tricky part of the problem, because I have not any algae, not a single green spot, but one hair that was eaten on the double, which is a strange kind of success. Algae wafers remain after every night and everyone eats of them, and flakes often sink uneaten, as a few artemia carcases.
I have been harvesting snails and throwing them to the garbage, when I don't crush them with my fingers.
Botias are the usual advice, but I don't want botias because I have already a good population of bottom dwellers: royal pleco, rubbernose pleco, two Colombian loricarias, and a banjo catfish. Botias just don't fit among the other guys, they would for sure eat my shrimps, and would be hell taking them out later without making a mess with the plants. Also, they might nip the leaves, and then what good would they be?
Shrimps won't eat the snail eggs, at least they have not done that so far, and there are plenty of them.
How safe would it be to use Aquarium Phamaceuticals 'go away snail'? I think of having the shirmp out while dosing, but what would the effect on plants be? I also concern about my royal, which is a more sensitive fish.
Is there any unregarded way to keep them at bay?
Any comment is more than welcome.
Thanks in advance.