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What are these snails? Need to get rid of.

I got a dwarf pea puffer to get rid of the common snails and he completely wiped them out. After a few months I've notice these new snails and it seems like the puffer cannot get rid of them. They have a spiral shaped shell and they are smart too, only coming out late at night when the lights are out. That's probably why I didn't notice them for so long. They are nowhere in the daytime but if I open the lights 2 in the morning they are everywhere.

Anyone knows what is there name, how I can get rid of them, where did they come from? Any info on them would be great.

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Malaysian Trumpet Snails, I Consider them Usefully especiallly when your suing sand Or aquasoil. they churn and mix the substrate. And gets rid of gas bubbles that form in your Substrate, They have vey hard shell so the only way is to pick them out

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They are good for you tank and most people here keep them. BUT you have to keep them in check by NOT overfeeding because it can not take long at all before they are everywhere

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Oh wow, they are useful? Well I guess I don't mind a few but it seems crazy when I see almost a hundred of them. I've been waking up early and picking them out for now but it seems like a never ending job.

I'll try not to over feed but I hope my cory's are doing the job of cleaning up too. I guess these snails are not that bad since they don't poop like the other snails do.
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They do poop. Usually they poop under the substrate, though (where you want it!) AND, they have the added bonus of being livebearers, so you don't have ugly eggs all over the place.
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Want to ship me a handful of them? I'll pay the shipping charges, just give me a quote through PM.
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You serious? and what do you need them for? I'm out of town right now until end of oct. but I'll see when I get back. I'm sure there's going to be a lot since I'm not around to pick at them.

You got any suggestions how to pack them haha. Do the need water and what about temp wise, it's only around 55 for the high in MN and nights would be around 40's.
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Yeah, I need some snails, and these guys are actually pretty good. Just shoot me a PM once you figure out how to pack them etc. probably just a padded box with water in a bag and the snails, idk. I can wait til next friday, it actually will be better then since I get paid then.
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go to your lfs... they might have some. Good thing they're lazy and don't bother to clean out the tanks.

And they might give them to you for free.


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These snails are almost impossible to kill unless you have really soft acidic water (in which case their shells slowly degrade) No special packing should be necessary. I would just send them in a prority box with a bit of water in the bag. I have left these things outside during the winter (arizona winter so maybe 40 at the coldest) for probably a month in a bucket of substrate and damned if they were still alive when I used the substrate over again. They have a little trap door that they can close when needed which makes them very hard to get rid of.

As people said above though they help stir up the substrate and since they mainly come out at night they aren't see all that often.
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caoboy: I agree with mistergreen. Go check out your local LFS before buying them. I see them a lot at my local lfs and I get them free. It's not like they want them. You only need a few and they will breed for you in no time.
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dwarf puffers are only able to eat the babies so they will keep them in check if you remove the larger ones before they get a chance to breed.
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Do you guys know if yoyo loaches can eat these snails since their shells are so hard?
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