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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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How to get rid of these pests?

These things have invaded my 10 gallon. They snuck in on some hygrophila kompakt. Any idea of what they are or how to get rid of them? I also have some shrimp in the tank so I need to be aware of any methods that might negatively affect them. Assassin snails, chemicals, what might work? Any feedback would be great.



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Sorry, for the poor pictures. It's next to impossible to focus on them.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 10:20 PM
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they look like little pond snails. maybe?

its hard to tell from the pics



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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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The thing is they only get a few millimeters long. They don't continue growing past that. They're been around for about 2 months.
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they look like snails to me. An easy way to check/get rid of a lot is to throw a piece of lettuce in the tank with the lights off for a while, then yank the lettuce out and see.
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Suck them up with a turkey baister, or scoop them with a small net.

Otherwise don't worry, snails eat the dead or dying matter.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 06:12 AM
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they are either limpets, pond snails, or ramshorns

whatever they are, they are better to have than not to have honestly, so I wouldn't fret over them terribly much

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I'm about 75% sure they are pond snails. They truly are harmless. They could actually be viewed as helpful as they eat some algae, detritus and uneaten food. YET, most people treat them like they are about as desirable as a combination of syphyllis and herpes.

If you don't over feed there numbers will decrease after the initial explosion. You can further control it by using the veggie captured method as above.

If you truly can't bear them, a single assassin snail will eventually work his/her way through them.
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