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Getting Rid of Snails..any formula??

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I've a major snail problem. I've got a 125 tank with a 12" arrowana plus 10plants...the snail just multiplied like crazy. I've reading on forums and the only solution that everyone offers are loaches or some other kind of fish. My problem is that my arrowana will eat the fish before they get a chance to get rid of the snail. Are there any formula i can buy to get rid of the snails without killing my plants and fish?? I think i've got close to 10000 snails...vvery small (hair size) they cover every part of the glass surface. Please help
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any chance you want to ship them to me!?! I have 3 puffers that LOOOOVE to eat snails! I'll pay shipping!! lol

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snails are almost impossible to to get rid of.

you can keep them in check by trapping them with a plastic jar. drill some holes in the plastic jar, leave a piece of lettuce inside and dump them out next morning.
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Aquarium Products makes a product called Had A Snail. It works great if you are using water that has at least a 32ppm hard water. I know that PetSmart out here in California sells it. If you do not have one close than ask a LFS to special order it. It only comes in 4 oz. size so you may need to get a couple. Totally safe for plants and fish if used as directed. Results in as little as 48 hours. Repeat in two weeks because it doesnt treat for eggs just the snail. 3/4 oz. treats 400 gallons.
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Have you ever used that stuff?

I did once when I was a kid- followed the directions- killed just about everything in my tank. I'd never recommend it, personally!





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I think we need more threads about the same things!

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ya and I was just about to start another thread about getting rid of my snails.
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yea..i have been thinking that its an impossible thing to do...i think the snails come from my plants. my problem is so bad that it looks like its snowing in my tank. Is it possible if i restart my whole tank (dump out the water, substrate, rocks, plants - i still wanna keep my arrowana), will this solve the problem? or are the snail eggs so microscopic that it'll somehow come along with my fish too. Please advise....thanks
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The problem is that if even one survives the tank restart, you'll eventually end up w/ them again
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There are various loaches that will help to keep them in check. Snail populations will surge and die back, though. Snails, like algae, will always be present in planted aquaria to some degree. The trick is to controll them because you'll never completely erradicate them.

One possible solution that comes to mind is to try to slowly increase the CO2 in the tank. This will lower the pH slowly and dissolve thier shells or at least hinder them from making shells as fast. I basically killed all my MTS in this way, by accident of course. Not sure if this will work on the pest snails but i guess its worth a thought.


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