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best way to get rid of snails in a ten gallon?...i heard loaches are good but wouldnt they be too big for the tank...oh and isnt lettuce supposed to attract do i do the lettuce thing? there must be 200+ of them and they are all the size of pin heads or smaller...they look like mts's but they are all different colors...please help...its so wierd cuz they all turned up just this last week...

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try leaving a piece of lettuce or slice of cucumber weighted down overnight. Then take it out the next morning. It should attract them. I've tried it, but with little success. Instead, I went and got a dwarf puffer from petsmart, my $2.99 snail solution.

I had a huge snail problem, and he took care of it within a week. Your problem seems worse than mine, though. MTS's have a cone shaped, spiral shell and usually aren't active during the day and are found burrowed in the substrate. Because of this, it even took my puffer some time to get the one MTS that I had in my 10 gal. For now, I have to keep a snail farm just to feed my puffer since he wiped them all out. Depending on your other tank mates, puffers are a great fish to keep. Very interesting and intelligent fish.
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putting a piece of lettuce in the bottom of a glass or empy salt shaker will attract them to a concentrated place then remove clean and reinsert repeat.
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What kind of snails are they?

Personally I like some snails in my tank. I have a nice population of malysian trumpet snails at the moment.

So long as you keep your snail population under control by not over feeding your tank they will actually do some good maintenance type activities.

I especially liked the trumpet snails becuase they:

1. burrow in the substrate which is good for it.
2. have hard pointy shells and are relatively loach resistent
3. eat excess food sitting around on the bottom of the tank - so long as the shrimps or cory catfish dont get it first.
4. eat other less beneficial types of snail.
5. eat dead or decaying plant material rather than live material.
6. are live bearers ... how cool is that

the only snails ive had problems with are some of the smaller species of ramshorns which ate holes in some of my plants.

My loaches took care of some, and the trumpet snails seemed to help suppress the rest.

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aside from all the articles listed above, what it really comes down to is they will breed like crazy as long as they have food... most people I have talked to have a small snail population, and those with massive outbreaks are usually overfeeding the fish... myself included at one time... once I cut down on the food, the snails stopped breeding... I still suck out all the ones I can get at with when changing water, but that is a few dozen at most...

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I like snails. I guess some people find they eat plants or whatever.

My point, though, is that I find they had been dying off until I reduced the amount of trace ferts I add (CSM+B). My theory is that some metal in there destroys their shell. When I did see one before, it's shell would gradually form holes, and then I wouldn't see them anymore. I'm curious for folks to try overdosing trace to see what happens.

My wife says that their cute, with their licking, and different shapes and sizes
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