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Snails...snails everywhere...

So...i have a 55 gallon that I keep culling pond snails out of. I have a 5.5 gallon that I put them in (cause I don't have the heart to kill them...yet). No matter how often I clean out the 55 g more and more snails pop up. I've scrubbed the stuff I can, I've done huge water changes, I've tried the lettuce trick. NOTHING IS STOPPING THEM!!! I have a pond snail that I love so I can't put in anything that would hurt him. HELP!!! A description of what's in the tank is in my signature. It's quite planted.

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I had a very similar problem in my ten gallon. I found that if you make one of the snail traps out of a water bottle and place a piece of zucchini in it, it tends to clean out a good amount of the snails without killing them. For a larger tank you may wanna put a few of those traps in. Good luck
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Have you thought about selling them? I know I could use some
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If you do go trapping them...

I'd love to see how you build one of those traps and how effective they are.
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Get yourself a few assassin snails and your pond snail woes will be quickly ended. They are murder machines!
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If you do go trapping them...

I'd love to see how you build one of those traps and how effective they are.
Well, all you really need to do is to cut a water bottle off at where the bottle begins to narrow, and reverse the top part back into the bottle. You can a rubberband around the bottle lengthwise to keep it connected. I've taken out a couple dozen a night when I had too many.
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Get yourself a few assassin snails and your pond snail woes will be quickly ended. They are murder machines!
But I think he has one that he wants to keep...

Can you put out a "hit" on all the other snails but that one? How good is your assassin?

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Thanks for that explanation. I don't have any snails, so I likely won't catch much right now, but it's good to know.
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I'm a horrible person...i just got a new 9 g. Instead of transferring over the snails I killed them. I'm feeling so bad about it but liberated too.

I still have lots in the 55g. I've put in cucumber for my pleco and I fully expect to see it loaded with snails. Sooo...anyone wanting them, let me know. We can figure out shipping. The snails will be free.

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how bad is the infestation? snails are reproducing themselves if they find resources avaliable
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I'd toss about 8-10 assassins in the 55g. It will take a few months, but they will clear out the pond snails. They won't starve after, either. They'll eat left over fish food.
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So do assassins reproduce a lot or no? I'm down for that as long as they don't eat my mystery snail.

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But I think he has one that he wants to keep...
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You could start a tank and throw some pea puffers in there and use your excess snails as a tasty snack for them.
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You could start a tank and throw some pea puffers in there and use your excess snails as a tasty snack for them.
I actually just started a new 9 g and washed them out of the 5.5 g one. I couldn't handle them anymore. But I need to get them out of the 55 g...I've heard of puffers - would they eat shrimp too? I want to make the 9 g a planted shrimp tank (with a pretty docile betta).

It's still cloudy as I just set it up. I know I should let it cycle but I really wanted to get my betta and 3 surviving ghost shrimp into it.

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I actually just started a new 9 g and washed them out of the 5.5 g one. I couldn't handle them anymore. But I need to get them out of the 55 g...I've heard of puffers - would they eat shrimp too? I want to make the 9 g a planted shrimp tank (with a pretty docile betta).

It's still cloudy as I just set it up. I know I should let it cycle but I really wanted to get my betta and 3 surviving ghost shrimp into it.

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Yeah, puffers sometimes just hunt stuff for the fun of it so I wouldn't put it in a tank with shrimp or any snails you want to keep alive. You can always rehome the pond snail you want to live while you treat your 55g though. The only problem with using something like a puffer is then you have a puffer you need to deal with (unless you really want a puffer). The best solution is to starting feeding less in your 55g (get an autofeeder) and combine that with manually removing snails. If you can get the mature snails then you shouldn't have any more eggs and then you just need to keep removing the juveniles as they hatch. It's not the quickest solution but over time the population should decrease.
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