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Question Snail Problem

I have a bit of a snail problem. Well a quite large one acutally.

I knew my holding tank had a few snails but last night when i looked at it a few hours after the lights went off the moss is infested with pond snails. There has to be hundreds if not thousands of them in there.

What will be the best way to thin the population? Should i remove everything and dip it in something or get some assassin snails?

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Assassin snails will control the rest of the snails, slowly, but they will eventually. Most any loaches will also make a snack of them, but your tank looks pretty small for loaches.

Snails really are beneficial for your tank. I purposely keep them in every single one of my tanks for algae and detritus control, and substrate aeration. They'll only munch on plants if they're big and really hungry.

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Assassin snails will control the rest of the snails, slowly, but they will eventually. Most any loaches will also make a snack of them, but your tank looks pretty small for loaches.

Snails really are beneficial for your tank. I purposely keep them in every single one of my tanks for algae and detritus control, and substrate aeration. They'll only munch on plants if they're big and really hungry.
Hmm, I've heard this is not so much the case with pond snails however. I also have some in a small holding tank I've been trying to decide how to get rid of. Since I'll be transferring all of the plants to a different tank anyway, thinking I might try a dip in warm-ish salt water in between tanks.


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A warmish salt water dip isn't gonna kill pond snails. They are like cockroaches - nearly impossible to get rid of and if you miss one snail or egg you will be right back where you started from.

I'd go the assasin snail route - it'll take longer but won't harm your plants.
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