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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-02-2002, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I am a first-time live-plant aquarist and I think I am learning my lesson.

Last Sunday, I inserted my first plants into a new tank and they brought some friends with them - snails. I have been plucking the little buggers out as I see them, but it is tough - they are usually not much bigger than a grain of salt.

Any suggestions? Advice?

Quite frankly, since I haven't invested a heck of a lot of money (and certainly no fish yet) is this something I should just wipe the slate clean and re start from scratch?

Thanks.

Darren
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I feel your pain. one of the first planted tanks I had had a snail infestation! They drove me up the wall. I hated them! Luckily for you though you have just started your tank and it should be so hard, also you have been doing everything right so far!!!

How big of a tank is it? How long exactly has it been set up for?

For now just keep plucking at them!! After you answer these questions we should be able to answer the question better.

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Do you have any plans for fish yet? If not... Maybe look into a snail eating fish species.

I actually encourage snails in my tanks because I keep many different loach species. The loaches LOVE a good ol crunchy treat and the snails seem to fit the bill nicely.
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As Gdominy mention,

Clown Loaches are one of the best snail-"killers". I had snail infection before and purchased only 1 loach for my 55tank. Took him 3 days to disinfect my whole tank.
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I have snails in all my tanks. At first I thought they would eat my plants but now I consider them as just part of the clean up crew. They never harm any of my plants. There are quite a few snails in my tanks but I wouldn't say it's infested with snails. To me they are more thorough then my ottos. My tanks are practicaly algae free. The glass of my aquariums are crystal clear and I never have to clean them. I like my snails.
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I keep a clown loach on hand to clean up any unwanted snails. I just keep him in my quarintine tank to keep it cycling.

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The tank is a 20gal (tall). Which is a pain in the butt too as it is only 20" wide, which means I am having fun keeping it with enough light. However, I have some Asian Vals and Anubias which are absolutely thriving under the low light. But, I digress.

The tank has been set-up for only about 10 days. No fish yet, but I was going to put in some Mollies or Swords to start balancing it in a couple more days.

I had heard the Clown Loaches were one of the good guys for snail cleaning. Also, Puffers - but I have understood that those don't play nicely with others.

Thanks for your advice.

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