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Too many malaysian livebearing snail

Help! I just got too many of them. They up root my plants and eat my jungle vals and my corkscrews. I lost all of them now. Everyone tells me they are good for plants cuz they move the substate around but all they do is up root and eat. They even eaten the roots of the plants.

How could I get rid of them? I want to sell them but it sucks taking them from the gravel since they hide so well. So is there a trick or a method to get rid of them?
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If you want to keep them and sell them, get a piece of zucchini and put it in the tank. The snails will start eating the zucchini and you just pull it out and pluck off the snails. You can repeat this as many times as necessary. Or if you want to exterminate them, you can get a dwarf puffer of some sort. I wouldnt reccomment the puffer if you have shrimp though.

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Are you talking about MTS. If so ive never had them eat any of my plants in all 3 tanks. I know some people sell them here or on ebay. Maybe you could get some money from them for new plants

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a puffer may not help as MTS shells are extra hard.
best to wait a few hours after lights out, and hours
before lights on and pick them off the glass when
they come up for air, then keep doing that for a
few nights/mornings and your population should
become noticeably reduced.


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then they start reproducing again and your are screwed once more LOL
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searching through many old threads on this
subject should yield ways to kill them all off.


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Get a few loaches. I used to have hundreds of these snails. It looked like an invasion at night. Now I only see a couple from time to time because my loaches eat them. I find the empty shells all over the tank. I never had a problem with them eating my plants though. I have 1 tank of nothing but MTS and shrimp and my plants are never touched.
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Yeah Im gonna post a few pictures later but they eating all my corkscrew vals! Everyone told me that they don't hurt plants but I would find them in the morning with the snails attached eating the roots and leaves.

I don't understand it for some reason my MLS eats my plants. I'm thinking of selling them, but it seems hard to sell. People cant sell them unless they are selling hundreds at a time.

BTW what kind of loaches are you talking about? I have endlers and red ramshorn snails. So I don't know if they can coexist.
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those plants you mentioned are sensitive if i remember, so maybe the uprooting cause then to melt and not the snails eating them. I just cant ever remember hearing mts eating plants. Otherwise im sure most people would not leave them in their tanks.

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I have 2 burmese border loaches that love eating snails. I also have 2 kuhli loaches, but I've never seen them try to eat snails although I wouldn't put it past them.
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Do you think they will affect my endlers or some RCS?
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If it eats snails (with their nice protective shells), it'll probably eat a yummy vulnerable shrimp.

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10 gallon low tech: Cherry shrimp!!! crypts, moss, java fern
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