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snails i want them gone help...

so i have a discus planted tank never had an issue w/ snails i had one or two that i saw every now and then but that was very rare now i see a few hundred.... i cant figure out what caused the out break... they all seem to be dying before they get big, i think due to my very soft water, but they are bid enough to multiply i guess.... anyway how to get rid of them?? i have a ton of plants! and discus... i tried manually doing it but i kill 50 and 100 more pop up
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I was going to suggest a couple of dwarf puffers. They cleaned my tank of little ramshorns in no time. But with discus the puffers will likely nip and bother them. Snails usually start to explode in population because excess food is available to support such. Are you cleaning up uneaten food well and promptly? In a tank where fish are not overfed there is usually little snail issues.

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oh yeah 50% WC 2x week and i have a feeding cone and not is spilled and what is my corys clean up... plus my nitrates are always low zero ammonia and nitrite
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Snails aren't necessarily bad. They can actually be quite beneficial as long as they don't start eating your plants. But if you want them gone, your best bet for a discus tank would be either manual removal, or a trio or more of a loach species (yoyo, burmese, zebra etc. Clowns and Tigers might be too rough for discus to handle).

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you can get a two liter soda bottel or something that has a small opening like that, and put all kinds of food in it like shrimp pellets, lettuce, cucumbers, algea waffers. try ans make it as appetizing as possible. And then sink the bottel and put it in the tank at night. Then in the morning pull it out and im sure you will have a ton of snails in there. Do that every once in a while and that will keep them under control.
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I had a tank being overrun with the slimy little bastards, and if you can tolerate a couple of Yo-Yo loaches (which I happen to like, BTW), they will clean them out in short order. My totally infested tank was snail free in a matter of days.

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i keep loaches for snail control~ it works wonders
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yep loaches=no snails again!
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Ya I had a couple yoyo loaches they kept the tank free of snails, but be careful they can be fin nippers. Mine was so they had to go.

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They may also eat some types of plants, mine shredded some Hygrophila angustifolia but everything else they ignore. I moved a bunch of plants/driftwood into their tank, from a tank that had snails. There are no snails in the yo yo loach tank though.
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I've had kuhli loaches and zebra loaches for snail control. Kuhli loaches have kept my fish alone, but I think the zebra loaches (botia striata) nipped an eye off from two of my young platies! Eeps... Still, they were excellent for eliminating my snail overpopulation.

I am also told that assassin snails are good for getting rid of one's snail population, and they don't reproduce nearly as prolifically as your typical snail. =P
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Sorry for replying to an old thread but...
What do you feed the loaches after they eat all of your snails in the tank?
I'm trying to stay away from the copper treatment for control of snails.
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Sorry for replying to an old thread but...
What do you feed the loaches after they eat all of your snails in the tank?
I'm trying to stay away from the copper treatment for control of snails.
They'll eat any food that hits the bottom of the tank. Mine used to mow down blackworms like there was no tomorrow.

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Loaches eat anything and are pretty aggressive about getting it. You don't have to worry about them getting their share.

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mine like sinking shrimp pellets, blackworms, daphnia, algae wafers, and boiled veggies.


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