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This past week, I had all my fish in a quarantine tank treating them for ich. During that time, my CO2 cylinder dumped.

I haven't seen a snail for over 2 days.

Is it possible that excessive CO2 can kill snails too?
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That depends on the species of snail.

Certain snails actually breath air from the surface and trap it in their shells.

Other snails may have simply died from the sudden Ph shift, snails really don't like acidic water too much.. it disolves their shells.


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And I doubt it will affect the eggs at all. Go loaches! :mrgreen:


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And I doubt it will affect the eggs at all. Go loaches! :mrgreen:
But if the eggs were to hatch while the conditions weren't favorable, they would die shortly afterwards.

I'm just wondering if this might not be a semi-viable alternative to tearing down a tank, boiling, etc. I have heard of snail eggs surviving even drastic situations like that.
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But if the eggs were to hatch while the conditions weren't favorable, they would die shortly afterwards.
If you can keep your fishies out of your tank for a few weeks, it might work. I don't have exact stats on how long it takes for snail eggs to turn into snails, but from observing I would say a week and longer. Under toxic conditions, the hatching might be delayed?!

Maybe if you do two or three treatments in with a week in between them to kill all the then hatched juveniles it could work. I can't imagine your fishies would appreciate that though.


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Could be ... I never had a really bad snail problem. The most I'd really ever see was 2 snails at once, but usually I'd see them every day.

I also did a lot of trimming while I was at it and found two caches of snail eggs encased in some rubbery "adhesive". I pulled those out and that may have cut down on future snail population too.

I'm going to keep watching it for a few days. My fish went back in the tank the other day, and my gold barbs actually regard small snails as a treat, so they may finish off any that survived.
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