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Best way to completely kill off snails

So II got my nieces and nephew a tank 2 Christmases ago. Its a community tank lightly stocked and has a few plants in it. Somehow they introduced pond snails into it. I added 2 assassin snails to try and control the population, but they are over matched. The substrate literally moves because of all the snails. My sister wants to start up a new tank for a couple of angel fish, so I'll have a holding tank for the current occupants of their 29 gallon. My question is, how do I kill all the snails and eggs without using copper. I keep shrimp and would like to be able to give them some culls eventually. Thus the reason for staying away from copper.

I know over feeding is part of their problem, and I am working with them to moderate their feeding.

Can we cycle the new tank, then transfer fish, and just leave the snail infested tank dry for a month? Could we reuse the substrate and lace rock after that, or am I looking at throwing everything away and starting over?
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How about a very heavy dose of potassium permangenate.. it will kill everything and anything in tank
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pea puffer.
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they will definitely get rid of the pond snails, and the shrimps too. I don't think you can keep shrimps in your tank anyway, because once the angelfish in your tank, shrimps will be good angelfish food.
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If the substrate is "moving" you don't have pond snails -- they don't live under the substrate. You have Malaysian trumpet snails. Why kill them, they do a useful job of cleaning al that excess food which would otherwise decompose and create a water quality issue?
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I had such a bad problem with snails it was endless. I removed a good 20 each day until i bought 4 assassin snails for my 10 gallon. 1 month later I can't even find a single snail. And the assassin multiplied to a good 20 of them.
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5 more assassin snails. then sell them to someone else when they finish up.

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The angel will be in a separate tank without any shrimp. When I said the substrate is moving, there are some Malaysian trumpet snails in there, but the main snail population is pond snails that cover nearly ever inch of substrate. I've considered more assassin snails, but I'm not sure they could take care of the problem. Maybe after I move the rest of the fish and get them to stop feeding entirely. I'll look into the potassium permanganate as well.

I appreciate everyone's input on this.
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A botia will flip them and rip them
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If there is that many, then its gunna take a little while. I'd spend 30 minutes pulling out as many as you can and add more assassins. Pull out a few every day, they will disappear.

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If the substrate is "moving" you don't have pond snails -- they don't live under the substrate. You have Malaysian trumpet snails. Why kill them, they do a useful job of cleaning al that excess food which would otherwise decompose and create a water quality issue?
That was gonna be my guess here too. Are you sure they are pond snails and not MTS?

If they are MTS, I have a solution for you. Bag them up and ship them to me! I'll pay the Priority.
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