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Old 11-29-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Selective Snail Killer?


Any good tankmates that will get rid of my small pond snails but leave my large Nerites alone (and is shrimp friendly)?

Going into my heavily planted 75 Gallon tank.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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Pond Snail populations get out of control when you overfeed, typically. Bladder Snails are similar. You sure you're not feeding too much?

Fish and critters that eat pond snails will also eat shrimp. Assassin Snails may be helpful but they've been known to take down larger snails and the occasional (rare) shrimp.

What specific issue is driving you to remove snails from your tank? Is it their population, the fact that you fear harm to your tank, their appearance?

They're beneficial for your tank when it comes to cleaning up and eating algae and won't eat plants that aren't already dying.

If you're set on removing them, the best bet is to place a piece of food in the front of the tank and remove them manually as they take to the food.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:36 PM   #3
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I just want to control the population. I don't think its an overfeeding issue. It looks like there were a lot of eggs on some plants I just introduced. Suddenly lots of tiny snails in the tank (without any that could have been the "parents"). If the population will naturally regulate with proper feeding I should be fine - was just afraid of what would happen when all these 1st generation baby snails grow up!
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Yeah - it'll definitely regulate itself with proper feeding.

Just remove what you deem to be excess from the population. I've had good luck with chunking in a piece of zucchini or spinach, waiting 20-30 minutes and then pulling it out with 30-40 snails on it.
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P.S. You could also set up a new tank with Dwarf Puffers and you'll have a ready supply of snail tasties.

Since you're new to the Planted Tank, you'll learn that you are likely to develop Multiple Tank Syndrome anyway. May as well get a head start.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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Since you're new to the Planted Tank, you'll learn that you are likely to develop Multiple Tank Syndrome anyway. May as well get a head start.

its true. i just wanted one, now i have six.
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I have found that my fingers are the best selective snail killer around. My trap of choice is a piece of cucumber weighted down to sit on the bottom. Turn the lights off and check back in an hour or so, scrape off the offending snails, and repeat the process. Cleared out hundreds of MTS from my tank this way.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:11 PM   #8
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If you squish them, most shrimp and fish will eat the carcasses.

I cannot yet bring myself to do this. Bc I am a wussy.
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If you squish them, most shrimp and fish will eat the carcasses.

I cannot yet bring myself to do this. Bc I am a wussy.

You will never see a happier fish than when you do this
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:11 PM   #10
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you may not be the best tank mate, but you are the best selective snail killer. manual removal is best. it would have been even more effective if you removed all that you saw when they first appeared.
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Manual removal is the best way to approach this problem. If you don't have the strength to get rid of them manually, you can put them in a container. For example, I have a peace lily growing in a water container on a counter with plenty of happy snails. So might be something you could try as well.
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