Thanks for all the great feedback.
At first, I didn't think I'd get any replies but you all came through!
I tried to amend the poll to add two more choices "Nuke 'em with copper" & "gas those spineless !#^%#!!"
But I can't seem to figure out how to change it.
My bamboo shrimp ended up being some fishes dinner so the snails are the only inverts left (I don't plan on any for this tank either). This makes the copper treatment a viable solution.
The snails current food source is the left over zucchini\cucumber\algae wafers, which I feed to the plecos every couple-few days. Even the rainbows and yo-yo's nibble on the zucchini.
Trapping seems like it would be time consuming and I've five young children at home who don't allow time for tank maintenance as it is.
I tried sucking them up, but my Python doesn't have enough strength to pick up even the empty shells. I think they would probably clog the valve on the sink end anyway.
The loaches do eat them and yes I do have hundred of empty shells in my tank...another consequence of these snail I don't appreciate.
I think I will proceed as follows
(1) hook up the C02 and crank it up for 24 hours
(2) 50% water change\pick out as many shells as time allow
If any snails remain
(3) add copper
(4) wait till the next weekend and repeat the 50% water change and scoop out maybe 50% of the current substrate (getting rid of remaining shells)
(5) replace substrate with some topsoil and rescape
Hopefully I wont need to go through step 3. I'm not crazy about adding copper as I am sure there will be unintended consequences. But I am determined to be rid of them....this is my show tank...it's viewable from both sides - one being our living and one being our kitchen. The snails bug me so much I was willing to tear it down and start over.
I want them gone for good.
Again, any comments\criticized are appreciated.
PS. For those who responded to the poll by telling me to get a life, you must have forgotten that one of the byproducts of hobbies is that they (a) keep us out of trouble and (b) contribute to the financial health of our suppliers