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Eradicating snails from a planted tank

Is this possible?

Do loaches get rid of ALL of these pests, or are they more of a band aid?

Are there any chemicals that will not kill plants and fish that kill snails?
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My best luck with snails is the wait-it-out approach. A nutrient/algae bloom (or direction of the wind) can trigger a snail outbreak but I find that after the initial bloom the population settles to just a few adults that stick to the sides and dead stuff. Kinda the no visible algae, no visual snails approach. You can bait them and do a mass removal in the morning if they are unsightly. Hope this helps!

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You can do what Blue ram said, or with combination of a dwarf puffer.

My tank has been snail free since the introduction of the dwarf puffer, and I find snails to fullfil their appetites. DP also feed on other food with the community fish such as flakes, granules, freeze dried food etc.
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Depending on the size of your loaches, they might not be able to kill bigger snails. If you’re not squeamish, you can just crush them and let your fish clean up the mess—they’ll LOVE it!
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I would say to just wait it out, but if you'd like to *help* control the population, get a Clown loach...if you don't want a clown, or your tank isn't large enough to support one, yo-yo loaches work well I have heard...
..I had a recent snail outbreak as well. 1 snail from a LFS turned into dozens with several egg sacks on the sides and back of the tank.. I manually removed the sacks and probably several of the snails with the recent water change/ plant trimming, but I will still likely pick up a couple yo yo loaches this weekend.

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Clowns loaches eradicated my snail problem.

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I've done this in the past but wondered if doing so would release stored eggs into the tank? On the side of loaches don't the Yo-Yo loaches up plants?

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Depending on the size of your loaches, they might not be able to kill bigger snails. If you’re not squeamish, you can just crush them and let your fish clean up the mess—they’ll LOVE it!
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Clown loaches did it for me too. I got small ones. They were too small to eat the larger snails but they ate the small snails and the egg sacks. Over time the big snails died off. No more snails

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How do you get rid of snails in a community tank with cherry shrimp?
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