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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Oops...forgot something

Apparently, some snails, or their eggs at least, hitched a ride on my plants.

Guess I forgot that whole "ounce of prevention" thing.

Plants went straight from shop to tank. Woke up this morning (about a week after the last plant went in) to see a bunch of small moving dots on my glass.

On the up side, it looks like my 2 dwarf saigittaria are about to become 4 dwarf sagittaria. I see runners.
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Snails are a healthy part of a planted tank.
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Snails aren't necessarily a bad thing. I have 4 or 5 species in my tank. They don't munch on my plants... Much. Their population is limited by my sparse feeding habits. If they are small, consider putting a predator in the tank. My angel fish eats the baby snails pretty efficiently.
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I guess I'm a bit of a control freak. I have looked into various snail options to help clean my tank.

I'm new to planted tanks; I think it's more a case of me wanting to control which snails get in.

And, I don't want thousands of snails in there.

I may just have to play around with the trial and error of it to find a good equilibrium. Which, from what I've read here and in other forums, is a never-ending learning curve.

Makes the hobby fun.
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Snail populations don't just boom. Over feeding is a huge cause for snail infestations.

MTS, Pond or Bladder snails, Ramshorn, Assassin Snails are all healthy choices.
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Embrace it. Snails are a healthy addition and cool little critters in their own right.


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I had some snails that hitchhiked, but my krib ate them
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Small moving dots don't sound like snails to me. Now small moving shells is a different story. Do you have pics. It actually sounds like Ostracods aka seed shrimp. Either way, they are both part of life that can exist in our tanks. Neither are harmful as they both benefit your tank. They are just unsightly. Better tank maintenance will lower their numbers.

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Saw a couple of bigger ones last night and this morning. Definitely snails.

I probably wouldn't mind as much, but it's a new tank. There are currently no fish in there to compete with the snails.

I did some maintenance last night to make sure I cleaned out as many dead plant parts that were laying around as I could find. I think that would limit the food source to keep the numbers under control.

Current plan for the tank fish-wise (90 gallon aquarium):

6-8 Corydoras
8-10 Harlequin Rasboras (maybe Black Neon Tetras, instead)
8-10 Rummy-nosed tetras
4 angelfish

Will more than likely introduce the fish in that order...2-4 fish at a time.

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Here is an option:

you have free snails.
you don't know how many exactly, or what kind.
Even without tons of food they probably aren't going to disappear.
You don't have fish yet.
I don't know how much work you've put into scaping and planting, but you could always put a jar of water on the window sill, put a handful of the snails you find into it. Then re-start the tank.
That would kill off all the ones in the tank, and then the ones in the jar you could grow to see what species they are, and decide later if you want free snails or not.

There may even be a way to treat the water for the snails, without damaging your tank. Like maybe if you take the plants out and pour a lot of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) in, it would kill the snails, but after a few days it would all break down into water and oxygen, and then you could put the plants back in after you dip them in a bleach solution?
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Here is an option:

you have free snails.
you don't know how many exactly, or what kind.
Even without tons of food they probably aren't going to disappear.
You don't have fish yet.
I don't know how much work you've put into scaping and planting, but you could always put a jar of water on the window sill, put a handful of the snails you find into it. Then re-start the tank.
That would kill off all the ones in the tank, and then the ones in the jar you could grow to see what species they are, and decide later if you want free snails or not.
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I went on a shell crushing spree yesterday...probably about 20-25. I only see about 5 on the glass today.

I have introduced some corydoras to the tank today. So if the snail population gets out of hand, I can crush a few and let the corys eat what's left.

Once the tank is fully stocked with fish, I hope my angels are as adept as yours at snail population control. Until then, I'll let a few snails munch on whatever they like...
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