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How to get rid of Ramshorn snails?

Is it possible to get rid of Ramshorn snails?

My fry/shrimp tank is slowly getting taken over with tons of the miniture things. I know feed less will help reduce it.. how ever that is hard to do when im trying to grow out a a bunch of fry.. any suggestions other then tweezing a batch every few days
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feed less does help lower the numbers, if u wanna be more aggressive use assassin snails..
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Would assassin snails hurt the shrimp or fry at all?
Assassin is safe with shrimps. Start using feeding disk.
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get ready for plenty of "oh I love ramshorns they are part of a healthy ecosystem peace and love"

you'll never get them all without using assassin snails. You can always put a saucer in the tank with an algae pellet, come back in an hour and pull out all the snails that congregate.
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Assassin is safe with shrimps. Start using feeding disk.
A feeding dish is a good investment. Put food in the dish and then take the dish out 2-4 hours later. This will give the shrimp more than enough time to eat.

Also, assassins are safe with shrimp, but they may start to eat baby shrimp if they aren't quick enough. I've seen them chow down a few babies of mine. I have so many shrimp that it isn't a big deal, but figured I would let you know ahead of time

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Is it possible to get rid of Ramshorn snails?

My fry/shrimp tank is slowly getting taken over with tons of the miniture things. I know feed less will help reduce it.. how ever that is hard to do when im trying to grow out a a bunch of fry.. any suggestions other then tweezing a batch every few days
Hello shift...

Ramshorn snails thrive in water high in phosphates. Phosphates are one of the main ingredients in most flaked fish food. If you're like 99 percent of fishkeepers, you feed your fish too much. So, you create the perfect environment for the snails.

Gradually cut back on the amount you feed. Start feeding more frozen foods, these have little or no phosphates, just the frozen animal and water.

Stay up on your weekly water changes and add some floating Waterweed (Anacharis), this plant is a "nutrient hog" and will use up some of the extra dissolved phosphates in the water.

Reduce the amount of dissolved food in the water and the snails will slow their reproduction rate accordingly.

Just a couple of suggestions.

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Good to know.. is one assassin enough or should i get a few?


Or just not worry about the snails.. :P
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Good to know.. is one assassin enough or should i get a few?


Or just not worry about the snails.. :P
Depending on your tank size and number of ramshorn.

Example: Mine is a 5 gallon. I would get 5 assassin snail for about 30-40 ramshorn infestation. Assassin snail eat slow so more is better to control the ramshorn population.
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*Shivers* I hope I never have to do with pests like snails scuds and planaria... But it's probably gonna happen sooner or later.

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*Shivers* I hope I never have to do with pests like snails scuds and planaria... But it's probably gonna happen sooner or later.
Why not snail they're great for tank. Especially nerite and malaysian trumpet.

Ever since I bought Nerite, I never have to deal with algae growing on glass anymore. They also clean my soil and plants. I should have gotten them years earlier.
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I got a nerite but it died. First invert death ever.

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Good to know.. is one assassin enough or should i get a few?
It depends on the assasins and depends on how fertile your enviroment is for the ramshorn reproduction. I had well over 100 ramshorn and pond snails mixed and 2 assasins erradicated them in about a month. Another month later, though, I found that I now had about 8 assasin snails.

The good news there is that my LFS offers a generous credit for the assasins...win/win.

I've since decided I like the ramshorns (MTS too) and dislike the substrate being littered with 100's of empty snail shells. Every few weeks I cull them down a bit using a slice of zuchini that I toss after 24 hours (snails and all).
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I have a nerite in my main tank. they are great.. I dont mind pond snails but the ramhorns seem to be replicating like crazy. Plus i read they can possibly kill your plants (eat them..hopefully its only the dead ones)
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How about a couple assassin snails? Worked in my community tank.
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