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Snail infestation

I have so many snails in my 75 gallon that the substrate lowers about 1/2" everytime they come out to eat. The majority of the snails are pond snails, but there are also a few mystery snails and tiny ramshorns.

My tank has 4 bristlenose plecos, 1 pygmy cory, and 9 pea to nickle sized angelfish. Oh and of course lots and lots of plants.

Is there anything I can put into my tank that wont harm the fish or plants?

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I've heard of assassin snails doing wonders to control snail populations.... or you could submerge a small bottle, place some tantalizing food the snails can't resist, then wait. Once a good number enter, remove the bottle and any snails left inside it and repeat as necessary.
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If you don't have other inverts consider dosing copper. However, it will kill all your snails.


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For the morning feeding, I usually put shrimp pellets close to the front glass then I get a lot of snails piled up in front, and going up the glass which I then net out. I have been doing this for a few months now, but it doesn't seem to make a difference.

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If you don't have other inverts consider dosing copper. However, it will kill all your snails.
I would be thankful for that lol. I have no need for snails. Would it effect the angels with them being so small?

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Bettas eat snails, pea puffers eat snails, loaches eat snails, but assassin snails will do the job! Silent, stealth, and efficient. Get 1 and it will take him some time, but you'll never have to feed him. If you want the snails gone gone get an army of 5 or 6 of assassins of you have that many, and they will disappear in a matter of weeks

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I think netting them out would be best... mainly because the shells would be left even if you killed them using predators or copper.

No I don't think the copper will affect angelfish, even babies. However I do suggest you do more research to make sure.


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The shells disintegrate a day or two after they snail is dead. I pick up pest snails at my LFS for my pea puffer . Speaking of which I haven't done in a while. Could I PayPal you for an envelope full, or as many as you can grab during your netting?

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Another problem with poisoning them is that they will all rot and probably cause an ammonia spike if you don't remove most of the dead ones.

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It's possible that the reason you have so many snails is that you are overfeeding your fish. Snails will eat whatever food isn't eaten, as well as algae that will flourish from excess nutrients produced by decaying food. Reduce your feeding in order to help inhibit their populations

Another idea is to set up a trap, like a net, and place food in it overnight. Once morning comes, remove the net and any snails inside it. Repeat every night and you should be able to impact the snail population. Just make sure you use a bait that your fish won't go after, though.
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