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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Arghh snails!!

I've just woken up to a tank full of baby snails!! There must have been a snail on the plants I bought last week. I've heard that you put lettuce in the water and just pull them out later.

I'm kind of skweemish so there's no way I'm pulling them out by hand! I've just gotten used to putting my hands in a tank full of fish!! Will the lettuce get rid of them all or am I destined to be on snail population control forever ...

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Nope. You're gonna have snails unless you use a pesticide.

A lot of people have come to love the snails for their ability to clean up.

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Once the population stabilizes they're not really noticeable.

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I just got a single Assassin Snail not even a week ago and the snail population has dropped considerably. The lil guy has been on the warpath apparently. You can do that and get one if your LFS carries them or you can have it shipped to you. Let em do the dirty work for you.
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The snails are fine as long as you don't over feed & get an explosion (like I did!).

I was squeamish about squishing them but got over it (mostly).

I apologize to them right before I do it

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Love that Zoragen!! I did a 90% water change today (cycling and original filter just died so it was gross) so I managed to syphon out quite a few and put rubber gloves on and picked out a few.. shudder!! There's still a few in there so I'll let them stay and hopefully they will join the clean team. I'll just have to keep an eye on them I guess.

Thanks for the help!

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If you don't have shrimp, you can kill them. If you have shrimp and don't want to kill them, you'll have to learn to live with your snails. They do a great job keeping things clean. Get some assassin snails to keep them in check.

You'll be fine. It took me a while to accept my fate as well.
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I've dealt with MTS explosion in one tank and Ramshorn explosion in my other tank. I RAOK'd a bunch as well as giving some to a couple of local friends. It's not a huge deal. I consider them a good gauge of my feeding accuracy. If you do feel the need to get rid of some, put them in a covered bowl and leave them in the freezer for a while. Or do the assassin snail thing and watch a predator in action. IT'S THE CIIIIIRCLE OF LIIIIIFE!!!!
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Just a word of warning though about assassins, they can breed in the aquarium too. It takes two specimens, but I have a growout tankful of probably 300 assassins. They eat all the high protein leftover foods my fry don't eat, plus any unwanted snails from my other tanks go into the assassin tank, which they make very quick work of. They remind me of zombies crawling slowly out of the ground, it's like they can smell the prey, and gang up on them from all different directions. I find them to be pretty snails, and kindof like them. But I keep a single assassin in tanks I want to rid of pond snails, so as to not get an assassin snail population explosion in all my tanks.
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Clown Loaches do a great job of controlling (or eliminating) snail explosions, and are very entertaining fish. I had the same situation you described in my 75 gallon tank, and within 3 days of adding two Clown Loaches, all the young snails were gone. Clown Loaches do get large over time (years, not months) so you'll want to ensure your tank is big enough.
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I actually bought a dozen MTS because I wanted to keep my substrate cleaner and I always heard they would do that, keep it aerated and also eating left over scraps and poo. In the 4 months I've had my 10 gallon tank going, I've not once siphoned the gravel bed. I just do regular water and filter changes. I actually have 4 varieties of snails in the 10 gallon (guppy nursery tank); MTS, 1 volunteer pond snail, 2 mystery snails, and 2 ramshorn snails. They don't pose one single problem with me, in fact they are what I consider to be my sanitation department and help keep the tank cleaner, IMHO.

In my 20 gallon long tank I have no idea how many MTS I have. I have read so many seemingly horror stories of them taking a tank over. While I have seen a small population of new very small snails, after all these months they are still not out of control. In fact I hardly ever see them.

I have heard that the populations will explode if overfeeding, so I don't really get why I haven't experienced this "plague of snails" because I really do give my water critters a lot of food every day.

I've actually grown quite fond of my snails. I even ordered some Orange Poso Rabbit Snails from Bob's and I can't wait for them to arrive.

P.S. I've tried putting a piece of organic romaine lettuce in the tank overnight just to assess my numbers but that trick doesn't seem to work for me. All I have is soggy lettuce in the morning and no snails of any kind.
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I recently went on vacation and came back to a population spike (from zero to 40 or more). Check for rotting plants, (food, etc).

I took out all the egg sacks I could find (basically taking the tank back to bare), and killed everything visible for 2 days. Then got myself an assassin snail- works like a charm!
(couldnt use chemicals because I have shrimp), what we are doing is setting up a little ecosystem, so it is always best to go the natural way rather than chem.
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I have a quarantine tank I keep running & have 1 zebra nerite and a bunch of pond snails in it.

I put the first batch of pond snails that appeared in my 20L in that tank & since it only gets a little fish food now & then to help keep the cycle going I only have a few in there.

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dwarf puffer will work wonders. Plus they are very fun to watch.

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Clown Loaches do a great job of controlling (or eliminating) snail explosions, and are very entertaining fish. I had the same situation you described in my 75 gallon tank, and within 3 days of adding two Clown Loaches, all the young snails were gone. Clown Loaches do get large over time (years, not months) so you'll want to ensure your tank is big enough.
I wouldn't use clown loaches because they tend to dig and knock stuff around also they get big, there's other types of loaches that are more planted tank friendly that will do the same job like the zebra loach or Burmese botia, there's lots of cool looking botias that work
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