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Snails got in my tank - help

I hate snails. I've had bad experiences with ramshorns and pond snails in the past. Somehow pond snails infiltrated my newest shrimp tank. The only source would be a supposedly snail free plant I got off of aquabid. That's neither here nor there, I'm taking care of it. But how do I get them out? I don't currently have another tank set up that I can move the shrimp into while I deal with these snails. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them, or am I doomed to their existence?
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Pick them out? put a net with algae wafer or something in, turn lights off, come back an hour later and lift out full of snails...lots of options
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Any particular reason you're freaking out about snails?

As long as you don't overfeed, populations won't get out-of-control.

Snails = sign your tank is healthy. They clean up your uneaten food, eat algae, keep the glass spotless. And in a shrimp tank? Their slime trail ends up being tasty goodies for your shrimp.
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You will never get them all. Learn to live with them, a assasin snail or two will also keep them in check. But if you have expensive shimp you might not want to do that as they have been accused of occasionally eating a live healthy shrimp.

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for some odd reason my snails like water sprite. i will pluck a leaf and put it in a tank with alot of snails and when i get up pull the leaf out and a ton of snails with it. lettus leaf works well too
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I have alot of ramshorn snails I let them gather on my driftwood and take the driftwood out to dry and clean them off after they are a goner.

So a guy walks into a Pet Store

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I'll live with them I guess. I grow extra plants and sell them or give them out, and I don't like passing on snails to people who don't want them. I'll just give my plants salt baths before I pass them on.
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Buy a dwarf puffer. My Snails dissapeared in 3 days. I have to add snails to keep him fed lol.
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I smash them and leave them for my shrimp to take care of. I rid myself of a pond snail problem but now I have ram shorn snails and have a hard time ridding myself of them
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Jake's right. Snails aren't a problem.. Overfeeding is. You should have a healthy population of snails that contribute to your ecosystem. When you overfeed, they reproduce to meet the amount of food going into your tank.

They don't look bad. They don't carry diseases. So there is no big deal..

And @Accordztech.. I'm sure it was in jest, but please don't recommend to people keeping dwarf puffers just to get rid of snails. Some people will truly listen, and you never know if they have a tank that would satisfy even one.

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Jake's right. Snails aren't a problem.. Overfeeding is. You should have a healthy population of snails that contribute to your ecosystem. When you overfeed, they reproduce to meet the amount of food going into your tank.

They don't look bad. They don't carry diseases. So there is no big deal..

And @Accordztech.. I'm sure it was in jest, but please don't recommend to people keeping dwarf puffers just to get rid of snails. Some people will truly listen, and you never know if they have a tank that would satisfy even one.
Are you serious? I'm not trying to start an argument so Dont take it the wrong way. But there is information from everyone on this website and some are right and some are completely wrong. If they decide to follow it then its up to them. I only offer a suggestion.

On forums regardless of what anyone says,even gurus, I always research their advice before I make the decision. I could say if he doesn't like snails then get out of the hobby and throw the tank away. Do you think he will follow that advice just cause I said it?

Anyways its a free forum. What people decide to use the information given to them is up to them.
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Adding a puffer to a shrimp tank? That's horrible advise. Snails gone, what do you think the puffer will eat next?

Best thing is to learn to live with them. Three ways I'd recommend maintaining the population...first, keep feeding under control. Over feeding leads to overpopulation. Second, manual removal. If you start seeing more than you want, make a snail trap or throw a blanched piece of veggie in the tank. When a bunch of snails get on the veggie, remove it with all the snails. Third, and what I do personally, add one assassin snail to your tank. That one assassin will do a decent job keeping things in check and you don't have to worry about the assassin breeding. Only downside, your substrate will be littered with empty snail shells.

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Are you serious? I'm not trying to start an argument so Dont take it the wrong way. But there is information from everyone on this website and some are right and some are completely wrong. If they decide to follow it then its up to them. I only offer a suggestion.

On forums regardless of what anyone says,even gurus, I always research their advice before I make the decision. I could say if he doesn't like snails then get out of the hobby and throw the tank away. Do you think he will follow that advice just cause I said it?

Anyways its a free forum. What people decide to use the information given to them is up to them.
I'm quite serious. It was poor advice. I won't take it any further than that. Bad advice shouldn't be posted, no?

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Adding a puffer to a shrimp tank? That's horrible advise. Snails gone, what do you think the puffer will eat next?

Best thing is to learn to live with them. Three ways I'd recommend maintaining the population...first, keep feeding under control. Over feeding leads to overpopulation. Second, manual removal. If you start seeing more than you want, make a snail trap or throw a blanched piece of veggie in the tank. When a bunch of snails get on the veggie, remove it with all the snails. Third, and what I do personally, add one assassin snail to your tank. That one assassin will do a decent job keeping things in check and you don't have to worry about the assassin breeding. Only downside, your substrate will be littered with empty snail shells.
Great advice. I couldn't say it any better myself.

They're great place markers for how much you feed or don't feed!

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Adding a puffer to a shrimp tank? That's horrible advise. Snails gone, what do you think the puffer will eat next?

Best thing is to learn to live with them. Three ways I'd recommend maintaining the population...first, keep feeding under control. Over feeding leads to overpopulation. Second, manual removal. If you start seeing more than you want, make a snail trap or throw a blanched piece of veggie in the tank. When a bunch of snails get on the veggie, remove it with all the snails. Third, and what I do personally, add one assassin snail to your tank. That one assassin will do a decent job keeping things in check and you don't have to worry about the assassin breeding. Only downside, your substrate will be littered with empty snail shells.
My thoughts exactly.
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