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SNAILS: what to do???

I'm trying to cut my snail population down. I didn't have any trouble before I started making sure my water parameters were good. Now that they are, I have SNAILS, and lots of them.

My only solution so far is to smush the little ones on the glass, and put the larger ones in my 38 gallon, where the bluegill chows down on them.

I'd like a better solution. Does anyone know of any?

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A dwarf puffer. Decimated my snail population in a week
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You could put some zuchini(sp) in at night and remove with all the snail on it in the mornings till you get your population where you want it to be.

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I had a fresh water fiddler crab that rid my tank of about 100 snails in about 3 days. Fun to watch him dine on the escargo, too.

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Red Claw shrimp work quite well too!


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I like botias(loaches) like kubotai, yo-yo's and clowns for snail patrol.
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Why would you get rid of them? I really like them. Are they harmful to you tank?

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They're ugly.

Just don't overfeed and they'll regulate themselves. Or put in some lettuce overnight and in the morning, before you turn on the lights, pull it up and have a net underneath to catch any snails that fall off.
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You could sell/donate your snails too. People are always looking for some for their critters to eat. I had 3 dwarf puffers and they also decimated my snail population. LOL
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I don't mind the snails, and they aren't hurting my plants, but their is little poo pieces all over my plant leaves. I can brush these off. I'm worried if I don't get to it for a few days, that algae might start up. I've finally got a grip on all the BGA, BBA, GSA, and staghorn.
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Get some more water movement going in the tank. Easier then getting rid of all the snails


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any suggestions how? I've often thought about it, but I've never tried.

do you think I should add another fluval or is better movement what powerheads are for? (no stupid questions, only stupid people)
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