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anybody know how to get rid of rams horn snails must have came in on a plant ,been picking them out by hand tons of them not bothering my plants yet but I know they will thanks
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Food trap, blanches veggie (such as cucumber, green squash, or leafy green) will draw them together and make it easier to grab out a large mass at once. Some people have also talked about a snail trap but I have no clue about those... If you want an excuse for another tank mate addition (depending on your tank size, water params, and current stock) you can get an assassin snail or a dwarf puffer (also called a pea puffer).
Plenty of people will happily take your removed snails off your hands to feed their snail noming pets (some loaches and puffers usually), so consider RAOKing them ^^
Personally I don't mind ramshorns and pond snails they don't harm my plants and will help clean the algae off the glass (all be it slowly). I harvest the larger ones periodically for the dwarf puffers in my husband's tank.

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I've had ramshorn snails for years. Not a single one has ever harmed a plant. What makes you think they will?


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somewhere I read that they would but I guess I was wrong ,thanks for all your help
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Pond snails (look like miniature footballs) can harm plants, but usually just the softer plants, or plants that are already having problems.

Try feeding less fish food, see if that slows the reproduction of the snails.
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Get a plastic container, heat up a screwdrive and make holes all around it, place a BT of cucumber inside it and place it on the floor of your tank, in the morning hopefully it will be full with snails! Try not to make the holes big enough for fish though!
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assassin snails.... or clown loach that is all.. lol no seriously adding things to get rid of them have worked great for me
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You'll have to start feeding assassin snails live/frozen foods after the snails have gone though, mine ate algae too but didn't live long on it.
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I found Ghost Shrimp eat the eggs if they can reach them, really stopped my population explosion.

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Smaller Loaches also hunt snails. Clown Loaches get too big for most tanks. Zebra Loaches are good snail hunters and are reasonable in tanks from about 20 gallons on up. Note that in a 20 they might be the only fish- they are social, so a group of 5 is a bit of a bio load. They also eat shrimp.
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Snails do not eat living plants only ones that are decaying... You will never kill them all. Use a supply and demand theory to manage their numbers. If you are overfeeding your fish the snails will go nuts and youll have thousands. If you have less food than the snails demand their numbers will drop significantly and they will help clean up your tank a little too
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