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snails problem

hi everybody i got a problem with snail and i don't know what to do so if any one can help please..........
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if it is about too many common snails that everybody hate them, you coud try adding some botia or some assasin snails, this are beauty (http://freshwater-aquarium-passion.b...in-snails.html)


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What's the problem? That you have them? I just dealt with a pond snail invasion myself . . .


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Like littlefish said, the best way to deal with them is probably by introducing a predator. Botias, I think, are the loach familty. I have kept several types of loaches and they all seem to eat snails.

If you don't have any other inverts and you want a quick solution you can always nuke the tank with copper-safe. That should eradicate them.
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I am not as experienced as the above commenters, but I have read that using a "snail trap" of blanched lettuce overnight in the tank or something a bit more complex involving a plastic soda bottle with food snails like inside is another solution.

One removes the item, with snails attached, the following morning.

You can repeat until snail population is sufficiently reduced.

Though perhaps a bit more labor intensive, this would avoid the problem of what to do with the predators after they eat all the snails or the side effects of snailicide (and snail bodies).


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Many snail problems pop up when you are over feeding the tank, look at how much food you are putting in, and lower it a bit. Then use one of the above mentioned methods to get rid of the ones you have.


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From my experience in steeply decreasing my over populated tank by pond and MT snails, I would suggest a couple of days without feeding your fishes and then change nearly 80% of your water and add fresh gravel about an inch thick over your present substrate and refill your tank. Now that the tank has new substrate and the snails have been buried, start feeding your fishes with just a few granules and see that these are eaten and does not fall down to the bottom. Keep feeding till the daily amount has been directly fed to the fishes and none floating down. You will notice that you have no more snails to deal with. Happy New Year to all members!

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