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Nuking snails in main tank consequence?

Ive decided to do whole tank redo by removing substrate, but i also decided to medicate my whole system to clean any remaining pathogens. gonna use Furan 2 and it will kill my inverts such as shrimps and snails.
now i have about 15 ghost shrimps, 2 nerites(which i will remove before medicating) and hundreds of MTS. im kinda glad cuz i wanna get rid of all my MTS.
some are big like 3/4" and some are babies.
i will be doing 50-70% WC daily and dosing furan 2 daily. but im worried that all the deaths of the snails may cause some ammonia spike.
has anyone had experience killing all their inverts and seeing adverse effect?
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Yup. Added a large loach. It was the snailpocalyse. Didn't think it would eat or kill every snail in the tank in just two days, but it did. Large ammonia spike and green water bloom.
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Yup. Added a large loach. It was the snailpocalyse. Didn't think it would eat or kill every snail in the tank in just two days, but it did. Large ammonia spike and green water bloom.
+1 on this. I had the same experience when adding a Clown Loach. What a ravenous beast
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haha I loved watching my clown loach when I added him to my tank... he cleaned up the snails in no time, once he found them he flipped em over and sucked them out of their shells... and he kept them in check really well. I unfortunately lost him in a power outage and my MTS and pond snails as well as some ramshorns are now taking over the tank (I only had pond snails before, never noticed the others until after the loach was gone, must have been keeping them in check really well!)

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why would ammonia spike occur when snails are eaten by loaches?
i would think dead snails rotting would cause ammonia spike tho.
but again my tank is 300gal, and i got few hundred MTS. u guys think im gonna have ammonia spike issue?
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why would ammonia spike occur when snails are eaten by loaches?
i would think dead snails rotting would cause ammonia spike tho.
but again my tank is 300gal, and i got few hundred MTS. u guys think im gonna have ammonia spike issue?
Well its not like he'll lick everything clean I'd imagine it would be a bit of a mess afterwards with bits of snail left in the shells. Then you have to fish out ALL of the empty ones. Maybe not as bad as a puffer fish though.

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why would ammonia spike occur when snails are eaten by loaches?
i would think dead snails rotting would cause ammonia spike tho.
but again my tank is 300gal, and i got few hundred MTS. u guys think im gonna have ammonia spike issue?
Lots of food, lots of poop. The loach gorged itself, plumping up like a grilled hot dog. And what it couldn't eat, it killed and left to rot. She was one mean loach.

No one can say for sure if you'll really have an ammonia spike. But just remember, with MTS the ones you see are just a small fraction of the ones that are there. If you're seeing a few hundred, there are probably over a thousand.
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Whether rotting or eaten the vast majority of all the nitrogen ends up as ammonia in fish.
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