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Best Snail removers?

hey. so it looks like i got quite a few snails in my tank. Ramshorn and pond snails up the wazoo. Wondering if there is a critter that will eat my snails/and or snail eggs but not eat my endler fry. is there such a creature? if so please tell me XD
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Assassin snails (you'll need more than one) will hunt them down and at the very least, keep the snail population down. They can all be quite active.
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a clown loach. but they can uproot plants with small root systems.
mine do just fine with most stem plants
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Clown loach's get big though. I would go with assassin snails first...easier investment than a clown loach (who have a slew of concerns that can come with them).
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Red claw shrimp work well. They eat pretty much anything too yet leave dwarf shrimp and fish alone.

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Your fingers work well. I just smashed or removed about 30 from a couple different tanks.


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I have one Adult Assassin Snail and about 100 or so Ramshorn Snail, baby sizes. I haven't seen the Adult Assassin Snail take 1 Ramshorn Snail yet or find any Ramshorn Snail's empty shell..

Tried Clown Loaches in the passed.. didn't work out too good. They get spooked easily and uproot plants like a Tornado came into town!

I too, want to know what helps!

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1 adult assassin snail isn't going to reveal everything about the snail.

Get some more....sometimes these snails aren't kept well. I bought 3 and only 1 survived. Assassin snails are a much smaller investment than nearly any type of fish. Less work too.

I say go get more.
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ill give the assassin snails a go. i noticed my mag float works good for squishing them too
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Get a few dwarf chain loaches.. great little fish, look good, stay small, wont uproot or eat plants... and love snails
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+1 on the Dwarf Chain Loaches, great snail eaters.


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I will try and source out a few Dwarf Chain Loaches over ther weekend at the nearby fish stores. I yahoo'ed the name Dwarf Chain Loaches and they are black and silver I take it? Just wanted to make sure I'm able to spot them when I go sourcing them out.

That Assassin Snail will probably be it. Just that one for now.

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Clown loach's get big though. I would go with assassin snails first...easier investment than a clown loach (who have a slew of concerns that can come with them).
...after a month, two assassin snails have "pond snails" under control; clown loaches are great pets, but they need a big tank.

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Your fingers work well. I just smashed or removed about 30 from a couple different tanks.
I use the 12 inch tweezers and *crunch*. I don't even bother to remove them because the ghost shrimp feast on the remains.. they pounce on them when they see them float down dead.
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Assassin snail ftw!


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