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04-30-2014 10:56 PM
trueblu8 I've scoured the net trying to find a way to get rid of these unsightly bastards. Adding assassin snails does not work. It appears the only way is to remove all the snails and shrimp that you want to keep and then either add aquarium salt or snail be gone. Let me know how it goes. And good luck.
04-30-2014 09:47 PM
wheatiesl337 I have been completely unsuccesseful in removing mini-ramshorn without poisoning via copper.

They are the plague. I have had them survive bleach and potassium permanganate dips. I finally got rid of them in a 10g quarantine tank (which I had bleached... wtf), via copper. I haven't tried the H202 method, suggested above, yet. Sounds promising to me though. Either method would requiring removing the snails you wish to keep.
04-30-2014 09:40 PM
kman Ugh. Sorry to revive older thread, but I am suddenly finding a bunch of these annoying little bastards in my tank, too. Look like small bird droppings. I don't want Assassin snails since I have Nerite and Mystery snails that I actually like. Anything work other than constant manual removal? (and the lettuce trick to get more out)
01-21-2014 10:54 PM
trueblu8 Do you need baby assassins or will adult sized ones do it? I ask because I had a limpet problem a while back and since they're so small much like these mini ramshorn snails I was thinking you might need smaller ones if not babies to do the job. First limpets, then scuds, and now these mini ramshorn snails. If it's not one thing it's another. Lol.
02-15-2013 06:33 AM
CookieM Best method I've ever use to get rid of pond snail and ramshorn is introducing Assassin Snails. Depending on the size of your tank and infestation. I use 5 assassins in a 10 gallon with approximately 100 ramshorm.
02-15-2013 05:12 AM
Koro-chan Try this..

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...highlight=otos
01-14-2013 01:38 AM
Simpsoid
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Originally Posted by azjenny View Post
I'm confused, why did you even seed it if you weren't putting anything in? If nothing is being added to the tank aren't you going to lose your cycle?
It was my mistake. I was going to try to get the tank set up quickly but I got sidetracked with programming my light controller. It's just been empty for about 6 weeks so I shouldn't have even bothered with the seeding and just let it cycle itself. Oh well.

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Originally Posted by skystrife View Post
I'd bet he's adding an artificial ammonia source (like household cleaning ammonia) to keep the bacteria colony around.
I did try with rotting shrimp and also some fish food. It turns out the fish food might have had nematode eggs in it because I got an outbreak of little white worms but they've gone now. I also added in some urine . It worked well, the next day I had a bacteria explosion that clouded my tank. But the water smelt and I've emptied it a few times since then. I'm not presently adding in any ammonia source (clear / pure ammonia is restricted in Australia so don't have access to that either, I'm just relying on the dying snails to supply this now).

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Originally Posted by auban View Post
pour carbonated water (seltzer water/club soda) into the tank.
Thanks for this info. I might try this. I want to lower the pH a bit (it sits at about 8.2 now) and was waiting until I got my pressurised CO2 but I think a seltzer tablet will be very easy. Does it just carbonate the tank? It doesn't release anything else into the tank does it?
01-11-2013 10:53 PM
Betta Maniac I can't promise you that they're what did it, but they did disapper within a few months of my adding the assassins (who have now moved on to pond and regular ramshorns, of which my tanks also has plenty, LOL!). So glad too. They were like tank acane.
01-11-2013 08:20 PM
genetao
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Originally Posted by Betta Maniac View Post
He's not talking about regular ramshorns. The mini ones (which I also got an infestation of from plants from a major online seller) don't ever get bigger than a few mm. They're just a fricken mess. Assassin snails were the only thing that worked for me. Havenít seen a mini in almost a year (plenty of regular ramshorns and pond snails though!).
Betta Maniac is right. These little mini ramshorn snails are pretty freakin' tiny. Like 1 mm in diameter. Hard to pick out of the tank because they're so stinkin' tiny. A total nuisance much more so than regular sized ramhorn snails, because at such a tiny size, these guys are already breeding.

Wait, so you're telling me that an assassin snail that's like 20 times bigger can still get into the shell of a tiny ramhorn snail? I originally thought of going the assassin snail route, but scrapped that idea because I thought there's no way an assassin snail is gonna be able to get into an tiny ramshorn snail's shell.
01-11-2013 03:39 PM
Betta Maniac He's not talking about regular ramshorns. The mini ones (which I also got an infestation of from plants from a major online seller) don't ever get bigger than a few mm. They're just a fricken mess. Assassin snails were the only thing that worked for me. Haven’t seen a mini in almost a year (plenty of regular ramshorns and pond snails though!).
01-11-2013 11:03 AM
pinoyghost2 Just keep them until they are a half decent size then sell them off to other members. I raise ramshorns in all my shrimp tanks (sell them at auctions) the shrimps don't care, and the snails eat any leftovers, so its a good trade.

Pond snails I would pick off and keep in one tank (no filter just some plants for them to snack on) and when they grew a bit I would squish them and feed them to my CPOs....great for growing those babies fast as the meat from the snails is high protein.

Always a way to make something off these snails...no need to kill then just re-organize your thinking and find a use for them.
01-11-2013 09:36 AM
genetao
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Originally Posted by auban View Post
pour carbonated water (seltzer water/club soda) into the tank. it wont kill the bacteria below the top of the substrate, but will kill anything that requires lots of oxygen(snails). it drops the PH so fast that the snails instantly start suffocating while their shells start dissolving. just turn off the filter and any source of flow, or they might be able to survive by hiding around the substrate. you will likely see them try to leave the water. if they do, just collect them up and dispose of them as you see fit.

when you want to add something to the tank later, you wont have to worry about any chemicals remaining that could harm your livestock.
Man, that's genius!!! I gotta try that!
01-11-2013 08:59 AM
auban pour carbonated water (seltzer water/club soda) into the tank. it wont kill the bacteria below the top of the substrate, but will kill anything that requires lots of oxygen(snails). it drops the PH so fast that the snails instantly start suffocating while their shells start dissolving. just turn off the filter and any source of flow, or they might be able to survive by hiding around the substrate. you will likely see them try to leave the water. if they do, just collect them up and dispose of them as you see fit.

when you want to add something to the tank later, you wont have to worry about any chemicals remaining that could harm your livestock.
01-11-2013 07:21 AM
skystrife
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Originally Posted by azjenny View Post
I'm confused, why did you even seed it if you weren't putting anything in? If nothing is being added to the tank aren't you going to lose your cycle?
I'd bet he's adding an artificial ammonia source (like household cleaning ammonia) to keep the bacteria colony around.
01-11-2013 04:44 AM
azjenny I'm confused, why did you even seed it if you weren't putting anything in? If nothing is being added to the tank aren't you going to lose your cycle?
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