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how to get rid of snail from new plants

I am just getting back into the hobby and am wondering how everyone deals with snails that may come in new plants. I have heard of a quarantine tank and just squish them until no more are seen, but what other methods are there and what works the best?
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You can dip your plants. One chemical that I've seen lately is potassium permanganate (KMnO4). I think it kills both snails and their eggs. You could probably house the plants in a QT tank with botiid loaches, that would get rid of a lot of your snails.

I've never dipped my plants, as I like the little bugs that come in. I've only ever gotten Physa snails before, and a lot of copepods, but I like both, so it's ok.
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Dip your new plants in Alum. This and PP solutions are at aquariumplants.com

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I use an alum soak... seems to be gentle on plants... though I havent tried anything incredibly delicate... 2-3 day soak in 1 TBS per gallon kills snails and snail eggs (snails usually dead within 30 minutes)... mildly effective against some algae... probably fatal to fish, invert safe (I.e. no copper so you can reuse the tank and available in the spice section of your local grocery store


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You can go with the chemical treatments others have suggested, but I'm not a huge fan of using meds of chemicals unless absolutely necessary. A QT tank with a couple loaches will do the job for you naturally and will be safer for the plants in the long run.
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I also don't use chemicals of any kind in my tanks, snails are good to some degree, assassin snails can control them if need be.
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I use an alum soak... seems to be gentle on plants... though I havent tried anything incredibly delicate... 2-3 day soak in 1 TBS per gallon kills snails and snail eggs (snails usually dead within 30 minutes)... mildly effective against some algae... probably fatal to fish, invert safe (I.e. no copper so you can reuse the tank and available in the spice section of your local grocery store
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You can go with the chemical treatments others have suggested, but I'm not a huge fan of using meds of chemicals unless absolutely necessary. A QT tank with a couple loaches will do the job for you naturally and will be safer for the plants in the long run.
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I also don't use chemicals of any kind in my tanks, snails are good to some degree, assassin snails can control them if need be.
To each their own. The Alum or PP are not for in tank use. Simply a dip, then thoroughly rinsed before putting plants in aquarium. Nothing harmful is getting into the aquarium. Alum is a pickling agent from the grocery store. It is used on food.

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I also don't use chemicals of any kind in my tanks, snails are good to some degree, assassin snails can control them if need be.
Same thing here. Just give them a good wash. If you do happen to get a few stragglers then pluck them out. If that doesn't work then you can buy an assassin snail or two.
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