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Question can you eliminate pond snails by hand?

So I bought some Jungle Val from thatfishplace.com and pond snails hitched a ride and now call my tank home. Prior to this my tank had no snails and I liked it that way.

I'm not very interested in getting loaches or assassin snails or using chemicals. So far I have been extremely vigilant at removing them. Some days I would find 5 or 7, lately I have only be finding 1 or 2 extremely small ones and that is encouraging.

How big do snails have to be before they reproduce? Is it possible to be so effective at removing them by hand that I get 100% of them? Or is fruitless to try and I am just keeping the population to a manageable level?

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Put an algae wafer in a fish net and place it in the tank over night, then remove it and the offenders in the morning.

I was able to selectively remove pond snails while not affecting my Ramshorns. I also would crush any pond snails when ever I viewed the tank. It can be done if you have the patience.
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Dog fish 's suggestion is probably great but I also had good luck with lettuce in a jar. Assassin snails are cool too.
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OK, cool. As long as I know that it is possible, I will keep it up.

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What you can do if you have some time, cut little slits in a water bottle and put an algae wafer in there over night. Do this for a few nights and they should all be gone. I had removed almost all of the snails this way.

Once you see eggs on your plants or glass, then that's when you're going to have a problem. I was considering getting an assassin snail to rid them, but my "snail trap" proved useful.
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Put an algae wafer in a fish net and place it in the tank over night, then remove it and the offenders in the morning.

I was able to selectively remove pond snails while not affecting my Ramshorns. I also would crush any pond snails when ever I viewed the tank. It can be done if you have the patience.
Hi NateBW,

+1 for DogFish's comment; patience and vigilance will accomplish a snail-free or pond snail free tank.


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Roy - Thanks. I found the net trick the absolute easiest way. Why create a DIY project trap when everyone in this hobby already owns a net.

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