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Old 02-05-2013, 11:50 PM   #1
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Killing snails


What the consensus on the best way to kill snails? I got some that came with plants and want to nip them before they get out of control. I have only plants and the tank is currently cycling (been up 6 days).

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:12 AM   #2
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Consensus (that's funny). How big is the tank? Do you plan on putting fish in it?

If the tank isn't that big and you really want to eliminate the snails I would tear it down and wash it thoroughly with a very dilute bleach and water mixture. Rinse it well. Boil or bake the substrate depending on what it is. Soak the plants in alum or PP. Then put it all back together.

If the tank is to big or you don't really care about having some snails I would add some assassins and/or a fish that enjoys snails as a snack once the tank is cycled.

That's just my opinion but I don't mind snails. I think depending on the species they can be a valuable addition to a planted tank.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:17 AM   #3
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Assassin snail---> kill snail
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Will assassin snails kill shrimp?
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depends on who you ask. some dont have a problem, but others have lost a few shrimp... I dident have a problem.
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i'd just pick out the snails with tweezers one by one, day by day, and the numbers will go down. just have to be patient
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:41 PM   #7
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My snails come in waves.
I scoop them out with a net which has a 90 degree bend in the handle, to scrape them off the glass, and I think I've got them all, but they still come by dozens.

Is there really a killer fish for snails? What would that be?
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puffers, bettas, etc. None that are really safe with shrimp though.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:29 PM   #9
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if u only have plants. put in a loaches / puffers / betta for a few days to weeks

then scoop them out (if u have another community tank ) and then add whatever u planned to add
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if u only have plants. put in a loaches / puffers / betta for a few days to weeks

then scoop them out (if u have another community tank ) and then add whatever u planned to add
I've actually thought about asking the local club if anyone has a couple fish I could rent for a month or two. Then remove fish once snails are gone and add shrimp.
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dont feed anything and overdose excel will wipe out most in a couple weeks then pick rest by hand, draw them with an algae wafer or something
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What about using "no Planaria" powder? I see that some people on PT have used it for getting rid of snails.

I'm thinking of using it on a mature tank to wipe out hydra, planaria, and pond snails---three birds with one stone...???
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I saw the no planaria posts as well about killing snails. I looked over on APE and there was a thread where the no planaria wasn't effecting snails....I think it might be hit and miss.
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