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How to deal with snails

Hey guys ...the sides of my higher tech ebi are littered with thousands of snails. Its quite irritating. Here's a picture. Best I could get of them. Click image for larger version

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Only way to totally get rid of them is to restart the tank and nuke it with bleach or something. You can control them by not overfeeding and remove or crush everyone you see.
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How are they reproducing so fast


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What goes in must come out.

Put in food, out comes snails.
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Haven't tried 'em myself, but I've seen a number of folks tanks taken from over-run to barely populated with pond snails with the introduction of assassin snails. Running an uber-clean tank helps too--limit their food and you limit their population growth.
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It's hard to tell from the pic, what kind of snails are you having problems with? As long as it's not Malaysian trumpet snails, you won't have to nuke the tank. Assassin snails can eradicate the tank of the other snails.

However, you're going to need a lot of assassins to eat them faster than they can multiply. You can help by physically removing as many snails as you can and the assassins can work at getting the rest.

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It's hard to tell, but it kinda looks like MTS from the picture. Can you take a better picture of the snails?
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I am seriously thinking about renting a goldfish for a week.

My 2.5 is snail only right now and my other 3 tanks are currently snail-free.

I am thinking red tiger nerites one each for the other 3 tanks.
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It's hard to tell from the pic, what kind of snails are you having problems with? As long as it's not Malaysian trumpet snails, you won't have to nuke the tank. Assassin snails can eradicate the tank of the other snails.

However, you're going to need a lot of assassins to eat them faster than they can multiply. You can help by physically removing as many snails as you can and the assassins can work at getting the rest.
Assassins don't eat MTSnails?
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I guess setting a trap won't work bc the shrimpies would go for the bait as well?
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Assassins don't eat MTSnails?
They do, but because MTS bury themselves inside the substrate, the assassins can never get to them faster than they can reproduce. Assassins will go into the substrate, but not as deep as MTS. Plus, MTS get into the plumbing and filtration. I had baby MTS in the motor of my canisters and inside my uv sterilizers. No other snail does that, only MTS. The only way to eradicate a tank of MTS is to toss the substrate, bleach the entire system, and start over from scratch.

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The snails look like thisName:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1345878197.267655.jpg
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Not my picture....there's a lot of translucent things on the glass...eggs maybe??? Idk
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Will assassin snails interfere with plants or cherry shrimp
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Why don't you want snails?
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