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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone successfully rid their tank of snails

I thought I had an apple snail. Evidently not. I've killed at least 10-15 in 24hrs, removed the big snail and removed 2 "jelly sacs" from the sand. Not sure if those were anything but better safe than sorry.
Anyways, I dont want 500 snails so can you successfully get rid of them? I have shrimp and that's my only issue with using a chemical product.
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A Botia loach will certainly keep them under control, if not eliminate them entirely.
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If you don't have other snails or shrimp copper will kill them, if you have fish in the tank be mindful how much you use as it can harm them in stronger doses. Some people will use copper based fish meds, I've heard of using pennies (don't know how effective it is).

The product "No Planaria" got rid of mine-did a 9-12 day treatment kills all the hatched one and any newly hatched before they get a chance to lay more eggs. If you have snails you want to keep alive(like nerite) remove from tank before treatment-do 90% water change before adding the pet snail back.

Some people will put in a blanch leafy green like lettuce after lights out and pull it out in the morning covered in snails (doesn't get all of them but keeps population down).

Using fish to get rid of snails it not a guarantee and many people introduce fish that aren't compatible with their tank size/other fish in tank, leading to more problems.
Some people use assassin snails but I think they'll just breed prolifically too.

I personally don't mind snails they eat uneaten food, dead plant matter, diatoms (brown algae), if you have trumpet snails they'll sift the sand substrate for you. If you have a ton of snails your tank is out of whack and needs adjusting (less food/clean up dead plant leaves/adjust light, ferts, co2 to deal with an algae).

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Some people use assassin snails but I think they'll just breed prolifically too.
They have live births of only 1 baby at a time. Highly unlikely they will take over a tank. The real issue when getting them is what to feed them once your tank has no snails.
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......I personally don't mind snails they eat uneaten food, dead plant matter, diatoms (brown algae), if you have trumpet snails they'll sift the sand substrate for you. If you have a ton of snails your tank is out of whack and needs adjusting (less food/clean up dead plant leaves/adjust light, ferts, co2 to deal with an algae).
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+1 - I see snails as a valuable housekeeping asset and much like beneficial biology, their population is governed by the available resources (which in this case is waste products.)
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I had a huge outbreak of snails in my old 40g. Likewise I think they have their place but these were a bit much. In retrospect, probably my fault with too much food and too much light. Anyway, bought 5 assassins. Tank was clear of snails in a month. Every so often I would go to some of the local pet stores and ask if I could grab some of the snail and they graciously let me. The five was about 15 when I broke the tank down two years later.


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I got a single assassin snail and it wiped out all the other snails in my 65 gallon over the course of a couple of months. It never reproduced. I would recommend one if you have the patience to wait for it to do its job.
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I put a small colony of assassin snails in my sump to control the population down there while my black kuhli loach colony takes care of those in the 75g display tank. I've only had 1 or 2 new assassins in the 2 yrs I've had the colony.

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I've had problem with over population snails before. After I put 3 assassin snail, MTS, Bloodhorn and other snail was gone in 2 months. Now I've tank full of assassins.
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Yep..Clown loach
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If you have CO2 system, crank it up. Next morning you can see they are on the top of the tank and you can easily pick them out.
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I actually have a 5g tank that I "breed" snails in for my assassins in the main tank

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One of the best ways to control snails is to not over feed, regularly gravel vac, and don’t grow algae. You won’t completely remove all snails this way, but you will keep the population way down. A major snail explosion is a sure sign of a dirty tank, and they will help get the tank waste down normally until they start controlling their own population.
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One of the best ways to control snails is to not over feed, regularly gravel vac, and don’t grow algae. You won’t completely remove all snails this way, but you will keep the population way down. A major snail explosion is a sure sign of a dirty tank, and they will help get the tank waste down normally until they start controlling their own population.

I'm not sure that applies to MTS. I feed the one tank where I have them very, very lightly and they're still completely out of control. I actively try to grow pond and rams horn snails in other tanks for my puffers and even feeding heavy I can't get them to come anywhere close to reproducing like the MTS do. They do keep things clean, I'll give them that much. Every single mm of the tank gets scoured by them. Just too damn many though.
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I’ll admit I haven’t ever had any explosions of MTS populations, but it could be that a few snail species are not as strongly affected by my suggestions. But really what it boils down to is: if you reduce the food source, you will reduce the snail population. So, if you find what your MTS are feeding on and then reduce the amount of their food source, their population will decrease. There will only be as many snails in your tank as can find enough food to grow and breed. Less food source=less breeding adults=less future snails.
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