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How to dispose of MTS-filled substrate?

I just took down one of my tanks and I have all of the substrate left over. It's filled with live Malaysian Trumpet Snails.

What's the smart way to get rid of this without releasing the MTS into the local environment? I really don't have any desire to keep the substrate. Is there any way to quickly and humanely put all these snails out of their misery? I know they're just snails but I prefer not to be a cruel and vengeful god if possible.

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I have read that clove oil is supposedly the most human way to dispatch aquatic life. But there are several other things you can do, if you just want to dispatch them so they do not get into your areas local Eco-system, you can bake them in the over, or pour a bunch of seltzer water into the container with the substrate. Not sure how humane either method is though, but since they are snails, I believe it is more along the lines of what you are more comfortable doing.
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Why don't you try to sell them?


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Why don't you try to sell them?
I would give them away, just don't have much time to deal with that at the moment.

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throw the soil in the fireplace.
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Kettle, trash, pretend it never happened.. Or if you don't want to keep the substrate just dump it outside and one Beastie or another will appreciate them

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bleach is always a good option. or insecticide if your not keeping the substrate.


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Kettle, trash, pretend it never happened..
Excatly how all most all invasive species where introduced to foreign ecosystems.
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Excatly how all most all invasive species where introduced to foreign ecosystems.
after a nice bath in 100 degrees celcius water from a kettle ? tough critters.

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For humane, I would freeze them, then do what you will with the substrate.
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They have a trap door on their shell that allows then to survive things like bleach and boiling water.
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The easiest is to spread the soil out to dry in the sun. They're aquatic and will die in the air.


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The easiest is to spread the soil out to dry in the sun. They're aquatic and will die in the air.


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Thats what I do. There are like hundreds of shells in my garden where I dump the duckweed and tank water during water changes.
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They have a trap door on their shell that allows then to survive things like bleach and boiling water.
While I believe you about the trap door, I disagree with the boiling water they would get cooked no matter what they were in.


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