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I took out 22 of them today. Everyday I am taking out 10-20 a day. They are the little ones came in with some java moss I bought from someone. Some of the salvina weed came in with it too. I cleaned it all out but i left 1 in to see what will happen. It reproduced now I have hudreds
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Once you got em, you can't very easily get rid of them.

I had an unintentional experiment occur in my tank, where I had my CO2 tank dump and push my CO2 levels into lethal levels. Fortunantly my fish weren't in there at the time, they were in a quarantine tank being treated for ich. However for several weeks, I didn't see a single snail.

My theory is that snails are unable to survive in higher CO2 levels. Now, there is the issue with eggs, but I still think that if I had left the CO2 in that range that the eggs would have hatched and then the snails would have died shortly after hatching.

This is all theory of course, and I would love to actually do some studies on this. Shouldn't be too hard. Just a quarantine tank with a CO2 bottle hooked up to it and a couple of snails.

Of course this approach is a bit extreme.
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there are lots of methods out there in previous threads, but if i were you i'd do the clown loach method. as i can attest to, the snails reproduce so fast it's hard to keep up with them if you're considering any other method. the loaches worked wonders for me. hopefully your tank's big enough to house a few. as you probably know, they like company.
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um a product called had-a-snail....
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um a product called had-a-snail....
This product can kill your plants.
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um a product called had-a-snail....
This product can kill your plants.
Not to mention any other inverts, like shrimp

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I'll second the Loach solution. Clown Loaches, Yoyo Loaches... They're interesting fish. They leave the plants alone. And they go after snails with a vengance! Then all you have to do is vacuum up the empty shells. A few of them will migrate to your filter, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Any that are dumb enough to stick their head out in the tank later will soon become Loach lunch.
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o well i just heard about it on goldfish paradise
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Had-living-things-in-my-tank is a more appropriate name...

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Had-living-things-in-my-tank is a more appropriate name...
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What are yo yo loaches any pics?
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http://www.loaches.com/species_pages..._almorhae.html

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Had-a-Snail is another product banned here in Cali, and thank god it's for a good reason. There's another product called Lime-It, and it contains alum which will kill algae, and other things on plant leaves. It is used as a dip, just like the Bleach method..but this instead isn't harmful.
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I doesn't prefer chemicals in snail removal since you can hardly see dead snail in the sand subtrate and they will form some kind of toxic when they starting to ROT.I prefer using fish to remove them.
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You could build a little snail trap and use pellets or crushed lettuce as a bait. You'll never erradicate them like this but you can contrl their numbers if you aren't interested in letting them establish their own population equilibrium.

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