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Question how to keep snails from destroying my plants.....

will putting orange slices, lettuce, zuchinni, etc... in my tank keep my snails from eating up the plants? does anyone have any other ideas of how to have both snails and live plants??
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Snails are good, but to keep them in check I recommend you get a couple of clown loaches. The snails and the loaches will find a balance, and will in time give a hidden presence of the snails instead of a tank that is overrun by infernal snails. You can try the method that you suggested but I believe that a proactive approach will work for you.

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And if you have a tank that's too small for clown loaches ... say a 29 gallon ... what should you do?
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Can try snail a cide but you may end up with a lot of dead snails that you need to suck up to get rid of amonia spike.
Inverds including snails and scaless fish DO NOT LIKE THIS
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How many snails are we talking about here?

Depending on the type of snail you have you can either smash them against the glass or when you feed the lettuce just wait for them to accumulate on the leaf and then throw them away.

I perfer the natural method of snail eating fish, most loaches will eat snails, choose one that is the appropriate size for your tank.

Are you sure it is the snails that are eating your plants?

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Most of the common little snails that I have come across don't damage plants a lot, they are more after detritus, algae, dead leaves etc. It's more of a nuisance and visually unappealing to see all those little brown dots.

As discussed many times, there are smaller loaches like zebra loaches that would fit in a tank too small for clown loaches.

If you put veggies etc in your tank they will just multiply much quicker.


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As WP said, most of the smaller snails will not harm your plants (I have lots of ramshorns in my tanks, which does nothing other than clean the glass and leaves of algae all day). They don't look too aesthetic (especially at nights when the lights are out and they cover the glass...).

I would not use snail a cide or any chemicals for that matter to get rid of them (waste of money and it isn't so effective). Stick with the smaller varieties of loaches to help you rid of them. One variety that I can think of which stays small is the dwarf chain loach. They are rather small as loaches grow (less than half the size of a yoyo), and will even school for you. Finding them might be a problem, but definitely worth the efforts (my LFS has them regularly in stock).

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you could always just stick a peice of lettace in there over night and then in the morning before the lights came on removed the lettace with all the snails on it. thats what I do to help keep the population down if a group of loachs isnt feesable
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Red face i have some ramshorn snails and some bigger gold ones....

i don't have the heart to smash them, and i do want them in my tank. i just want to keep them off the plants. i have watched them devour the plants, so i am pretty sure they are the guilty parties. i guess it's a catch 22 situation then....are they really good aquarium cleaners though??
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Works really well for me. I have a good population, and if I need/want to bring it down, I squish them for my Apistos.

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But then they have a tendency to rough up plants too.

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I just let the snails (small ramshorn and some kind of pond snail...types that don't eat plants) run wild...didn't keep them in check or anything. Eventually, they overpopulated the tank and began to die off. Somehow, the population now remains balanced. Maybe they slow down reproduction once they've saturated a body of water...or something... *shrug*

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Usally they will breed enough untill they eat every possible peice of algae (except hair algae and the such) and then there population becomes stable.
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