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Had-a-Snail, good or bad?

i saw this product, Had-a-Snail at my lfs and was wondering has anyone else had experience with this product?
is it safe for plants?

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Evil evil stay away!

Its an overdose of copper and will prevent you from ever having any inverts.

If you have to many snails its because you overfeed. The population can only be as big as the food supply.

Best way to remove snails is by hand. If you see egg sacks remove them. Throw a piece of cucumber in a clean tupperware bowl,cut a hole in the lid. The snails will crawl in to get the food but not out,remove bowl and dump.
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yeah its got copper in it, deadly to all inverts and even fish, just inverts are more sensitive to it.
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There are even some plants that are copper sensitive - stay away from this product!

I've also heard of a few accounts where even the massive OD of copper didn't kill the snail eggs and MTS managed to survive. These guys are right, remove them manually if you don't like them, or learn to love them like I do


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Many of the Botia species will devour snails. Add some Yo Yo Loaches (Botia lohachata) and they will help curb or eliminate snail populations depending on size of tank and number of loaches.
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so no bien for the "had-a-snail".

ive never seen Botia lohachata at my lfs, only the orange and black clown loaches, ther probably not easy to find in houston,texas.
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if your tank can take the size of the clown loaches as well as other inhabitants, i dont see why you shouldnt take those clowns...
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Yo Yo Loaches are quite common, at least across the Pacific Northwest USA. I've even seen them at Walmart (quarantine if you buy there!!) I believe clown loaches are very effective as well, they just grow much larger. Many other botias will serve too, but I don't have a comprehensive list.
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