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Help control my snail population

Over the past few month a few snails has turned into more then enough. Other then taking them off the glass every morning is there something else I can do/add that would cut them down? I have angels and cardinals along with the standard cleanup crew and was thinking that maybe a few dwarf puffers in the tank just to eat the snails away. Any thought?

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I've used Kribs (Pelvicachromis pulcher) for snail control with a lot of success. They are relatively inexpensive, readily available, and handsome. They have been very effective, for me, anyway.

Their only downside is that they are quite protective of their eggs and young, which almost always result when a pair is together for any period of time. But that is easily avoided.

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Freshwater puffer.
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Are puffers ok with angels though? I thought puffers were fin nippers...


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I had puffers in my planted tank before, they seemed OK, I did not notice them chasing any fish. I had rams and tetras in with them. I finally put them in their own home, a species tank.
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Clown fish absolutely love snails. Get a couple of those and soon you'll see no snails.
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Try addressing the root of the problem. You are providing food for the snails somehow. Perhaps you are feeding too much. Try feeding your fish much less at each sitting and only a few times a week. Remember, fish can go along time without food, they are cold blooded. People tend heavily to overfeed their fish.

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Yes I should have searched for my question, will do in future.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try and cut back on the feedings maybe 1 once every 2 days.
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Yes I should have searched for my question, will do in future.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try and cut back on the feedings maybe 1 once every 2 days.

That is how I have always controlled snails. And it works quite well.

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I think the clown fish comment was supposed to be clown loach. My favorite fish for snail control (plant hitchhikers) is the yo-yo loach. They will eradicate your snail problems.

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Yes, sorry, I meant clown loach!
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I've used Kribs (Pelvicachromis pulcher) for snail control with a lot of success.
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First I've heard of that. What kind of snails have you had success with them eating?

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Other then my yo-yo loach being fun to watch, hes never touched a snail. I dont want to add something to the tank only to find out they do not do what I need them to do.
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Please remember to spay and neuter your snails. Thank you.
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I bought a couple clown loaches couple of weeks ago. One of my tank was infested with snails. The last few days I hardly see any. Before I could see at least 30-50 snails even when the lights are on. The problem is I've never seen my loaches sucking on snails. Do they do their thing at night?? It's very hard for me to locate the snails' remain since all covered with carpet plants. The loaches aren't fat either. Now I wonder whether the snails have been hiding or actually eaten?
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